Showmax movies 2020: 3 new African films now on Showmax

Knuckle City. Image credit: YouTube/TIFF Trailers

Viewers are always on the lookout for new Showmax movies 2020 and the popular streaming service is doing its best to keep up.

In its latest instalment, Showmax has added three new award-winning African films that fans can enjoy immediately. Check them out below.

Mother To Mother

Sara de Gouveia’s Mother To Mother is a 48-minute documentary about Sindiwe Magona’s book of the same title. It tells the story of 26-year-old Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl, who was killed in 1993 while working to organise South Africa’s first democratic elections.

Magona, who is featured in the film, was inspired to write the novel after realising that Amy’s passing occurred near her own home in Gugulethu, and that one of the young men responsible was her neighbour’s son.

The documentary also interviews actress and playwright Thembi Mtshali and theatre director Janice Honeyman, who adapted the novel as an intimate one-woman play.

Mother To Mother recently won praise at the 2020 Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival, which described it as “an engaging and thought-provoking work of cinema that expands our collective humanity.” The film subsequently clinched second place in the Adiaha Award for best documentary film by an African woman.

Watch Mother To Mother on Showmax here.

Knuckle City

This powerful South African 2020 Oscar entry tells the story of an ageing, womanising professional boxer (SAFTA winner Bongile Mantsai from Inxeba (The Wound) and Scandal) and his career-criminal brother (Thembekile Komani). The two are looking for success one more time, but get more than they bargained for. 

Set in the Eastern Cape town of Mdantsane, Knuckle City won the most awards at the SAFTAs 2020, taking home six accolades including Best Director for Jahmil Qubeka, Best Actor for Bongile and Best Supporting Actor for Patrick Ndlovu.

Knuckle City also has a 100 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “It is impossible not to be completely consumed by Knuckle City,” wrote The Globe and Mail when the film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. Mantsai’s performance also won praise as “gripping, electrifying and heart breaking.”

Bongile won Best Actor at 2019’s Durban International Film Festival, where Knuckle City was the opening night film, and at Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria. Other stars in the film include Zolisa Xaluva (Gomora), Siv Ngesi (Still Breathing), and the late great Nomhle Nkonyeni.

Watch Knuckle City on Showmax here and the YouTube trailer here.

I Am Not A Witch

I Am Not A Witch is about nine-year-old Shula, a Zambian village girl who is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape, she will be transformed into a goat. She faces a dilemma whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom.

Winner of 15 international awards, including the BAFTA for Best Debut for director Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch has a 96 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As Variety put it, “It’s rare and exhilarating that a new filmmaker arrives on the scene so sure of herself and so willing to take bold, counter-intuitive chances… Invigorating, intriguing and provocative.”

“I Am Not A Witch came about because of a huge spate of witch accusations that took place over a particularly dry summer in Zambia,” says Rungano. “What drew me in particular was that these accusations of witchcraft were almost always aimed at women.”

Watch I Am Not A Witch on Showmax here and the YouTube trailer here.

More Showmax new movies 2020

In case you are looking for more Showmax new movies 2020, check out Blessers, which stars SAFTA winner Kenneth Nkosi. It was the sixth most popular local film at the box office in 2019.

There is also Hunter Killer, the Hollywood debut of South African director Donovan Marsh (iNumber Number). It stars acting legends Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman.

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