Top 50 Western Movies Set In Africa
17.Hotel Rwanda (2004) Rwanda
Random Fact 1:The real Paul Rusesabagina and Tatiana Rusesabagina returned to Rwanda with director Terry George for research. Many people came to welcome them at the airport.
Random Fact 2:Director Terry George had Don Cheadle in mind for the lead part from the beginning of his involvement. During pre-production, potential investors and interested studios wanted Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Mekhi Phifer and even Will Smith because of their suggested bigger drawing capacity at the box office. But due to ultimately producing the film independently and coming up with the money himself, George was able to go back to his original choice.
16.Gorillas In The Mist( 1988) Rwanda
Random Fact 1:Sembagare (John Omirah Miluwi), is based on Rosamund Carr’s former house boy Sembagare Munyamboneza who set up the Imbabazi orphanage with her in 1994 after the Rwandan Genocide.
Random Fact 2:It tells the true story of her work in Rwanda with Mountain Gorillas and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
15.God Grew Tired Of Us (2006)
Random Fact 1:God Grew Tired Of Us was produced, written and directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn and narrated by Nicole Kidman; the executive producer was Brad Pitt.
Random Fact 2:At the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, the film won both the “Grand Jury Prize: Documentary” and the “Audience Award” in the “Independent Film Competition: Documentary” category.The film also won best documentary at the Deauville Film Festival in France and the Galway Film Festival in Ireland.
14.Born Free (1966)Kenya
Random Fact 1:The lions “Boy”, “Girl” and “Ugas” were freed upon completion of filming. Under protest by the film studio who wanted to sell the lions to zoos to get some money back from filming.
Random Fact 2:When John Barry won Oscars for “Best Music, Original Music Score” and “Best Music, Original Song” for this film, not only was it his first Oscar victory, it was also the first time an Englishman had won both those particular categories.
13.Darwin’s Nightmare (2005) Tanzania
Random Fact 1:Austrian-French-Belgian documentary film written and directed by Hubert Sauper, dealing with the environmental and social effects of the fishing industry around Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
Random Fact 2:The film opens with a Soviet made Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane landing on Mwanza airfield in Tanzania, near Lake Victoria.
12.El Cid (1961) Somewhere in North Africa
Random Fact 1:According to people who were on the set during the production of El Cid (as interviewed for the extras section of the DVD) Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren hated each other while making this movie.
Random Fact 2:Part of the reason could be that Loren was paid more than Heston ($1 million, the first time a woman had been paid that sum for acting in a single motion picture). As can be seen in the finished film, during many of the “love” scenes, Heston refused to look at Loren for more than a glance. The director tried take after take, imploring Heston to look into the eyes of the woman he loved, but Heston couldn’t bring himself to do it. Regarding his deathbed scene, he later claimed that he was “looking into the future,” rather than into the eyes of his wife.
11.Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) Comoros
Random Fact 1:Although a medical drama might seem an odd choice for the director of the “Mad Max” movies, George Miller is in fact a qualified doctor.
Random Fact 2: Zack O’Malley Greenburg (Lorenzo) never acted again after this film.