Sarafina!, Mr. Bones and more South African films made free for lockdown

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South Africa is currently under a government-mandated lockdown to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With many citizens stuck at home with some free time on their hands, local company Videovision Entertainment has made 10 of their films available to watch for free online.

The two biggest titles from the 10 are 1992’s Sarafina! and 2001’s Mr. Bones, both classics in the country for their own reasons.

The full list of movies, as well as links to watch them, are available below:

If you click through to any of those movies you will see that they are shared on Vimeo. This means that you can start watching right away without the need to make an account on some new streaming service.

These movies are free to watch right now and will remain that way until the lockdown ends on 16th April. If your internet isn’t affected by the WACS break you may as well give one or two of them a watch.

On top of videos to watch for fun, Videovision Entertainment has produced and released a series of awareness features focused on COVID-19. These are short videos which give a brief overview of COVID-19 using animation from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Of particular interest to South Africans is the fact that these videos are available in some of the official languages of the country, specifically English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.

Also included with these is a video from 2003 featuring the late Nelson Mandela with a short message about washing your hands and maintaining good personal hygiene, something which is of vital importance during this pandemic.

These COVID-19 specific videos can also be found on Vimeo in this playlist. 

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

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