Six Stories from Six African Cities

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African Metropolis is a compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities, a unique partnership towards new African cinema.

The films from Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi tell urban tales about life in African metropolises. Over 50 percent of the continent’s total population now lives in cities and vital urban cultures are forming and transforming – fast, and with growing complexity. In African cinema, the shift is towards urban stories, with less focus on the traditional, rural Africa that dominated in the past.

The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International FilmFestival Rotterdam.