WINNER – Gemini Award (2011): Best Documentary Series
This vibrant four-part HD series celebrates the men, women and youth who embody the sweeping changes underway in Africa today. Departing from the international media’s usual focus on misery, these ambitious documentaries tell stories of courage, creativity and inspiring achievements. They introduce us to an extraordinary array of artists, activists, students and entrepreneurs all vigorously striving for better lives. Africa on the Move is a timely window onto a continent that is challenging our perceptions and changing the world. This three-disc box set includes the following four episodes in English and French, plus bonus materials: A DREAM OF MILLIONS When the tyranny of apartheid officially ended in South Africa in 1991, few predicted what might happen to the country’s economy. Now it is the most powerful commercial centre on the continent and attracts eager investors from around the globe. In Soweto, meet a woman who began life sleeping with six siblings on one blanket, selling corn to black commuters. Today, Nancy Nxumalo is one of the most influential businesspeople in this energetic, storied township. THE POWER OF SONG Tiken Jah Fakoly is a star with a conscience. A hugely popular reggae singer from the Ivory Coast, he fearlessly uses song to take aim at politicians. As a result, he lives in exile in Mali. Unafraid of controversy, Jah Fakoly believes that the real freedom Africans deserve will only start when education is accessible to all. This is an intimate portrait of one of Africa’s most powerful and charismatic voices for change. THE MODERN WARRIOR More and more people across Africa are streaming toward the continent’s cities, hoping to invent new lives in the bustling urban centres. Perhaps no one understands the fragile intersection between traditional and modern life better than Moses ole Samante. An ambitious young Maasai, he runs a successful safari business from Nairobi but works hard to maintain his village ties. A WOMAN’S WORLD In Africa, as in so many other places, sports have traditionally been a man’s world. And until recently, women entered at the risk of being scorned or laughed at. But the amazing Sahar El-Hawary and her female soccer team are no joke. She is the first women’s referee in North Africa and also the first female member of the Egyptian Football Federation. She has put women’s soccer on the map — not just in her native Egypt but also in the entire Arab world.