A couple of days ago, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that a record-breaking 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in 2018’s foreign language Oscar race.
Even with this new milestone, it's worth noting that only eight out of these 92 countries are African, and Nigeria is still noticeably absent from the list – mostly because all our best movies are made in English (which is a topic for another day).
Out of the eight African countries are two first-time entrants: Senegal and Mozambique. Then we have returning countries: Algeria, nominated five times, won once; South Africa, nominated twice, won once; then Egypt, Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia, all hoping for their first nominations.
Algeria's Road To Istanbul
When the police inform Elisabeth that Elodie, her 20-year-old daughter, has left to join the Islamic state somewhere between Syria and Iraq, her life is thrown into turmoil.
Egypt's Sheikh Jackson
The sudden death of Michael Jackson sends a former King of Pop devotee – now a young imam – into a tailspin.
Kenya's Kati Kati
Without any recollection of what happened before, young Kaleche finds herself in the middle of the wilderness. She makes her way to Kati Kati, where she is informed that she is dead.
In Casablanca and the Atlas Mountains, five different stories interconnect over a 30-year period.
Mozambique's The Train of Salt and Sugar
In 1989, travelling becomes dangerous after Mozambique has been devastated by civil war. Four people on a train share stories and laughter as the train moves from stop to stop.
Félicité is a Congolese singer who desperately needs money after her 14-year-old son Samo suffers a serious accident. She soon finds financial and emotional support from Tabu, one of the regulars in the bar where she performs.
South Africa's The Wound
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.
Tunisia's The Last of Us
A desperate immigrant finds himself lost in the forest.