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“The Somali Dervish" makes the list of the best African movies from all 54 African countries


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Year released: 1983 | Director: Abdulkadir Ahmed Said and Said Salah
Somalia is another country with a frustrating scarcity of cinematic information. In fact, considering the film selected for this list is set in the early 20th century, it’s incredibly hard to validate whether the above image even comes from that film.

The only feature-length narrative film produced in the country, The Somali Dervish features the anti-colonial resistance movement of poet and militant Mohammed Abdullah Hassan. At 270 minutes, this appears to be a grandiose epic, but little information exists beyond that.