3 Documentaries About African History You Need To Watch

As you all know, I’ve been spending a great deal of my time discussing and sharing information about African history.

I’ve shared my recent reading list, as well as my expansive YouTube playlist of lectures all surrounding the true history of Africa. In those pieces, I’ve expressed the importance of learning the true history of our ancestors for ourselves instead of blindly accept the anti-black propaganda that was “taught” to us.

This post will be no different…

Instead of dropping hella videos or links to books that I’m reading, today I’d like to keep it simple and focus on three documentaries. These documentaries will cover African history like you’ve never seen it covered before. I’ve personally seen each one of these documentaries at least 50 times apiece, and no cap, I’ve learned something new each time.

I’d encourage each and every one of you to take some time out of your day and watch at least one of these documentaries. I promise you it’ll expose you to some information you never knew before.

Lost Civilizations’ Africa: A History Denied (1995)

Africa: A History Denied (1995)

If you’re interested in the ancient history of the southern hemisphere of Africa, then this documentary is for you. I found this documentary interesting for a wide variety of reasons, and after watching it, I’m sure you will too.

(To watch the documentary, simply click on the title above)

IMDb Summary: Uncover the hidden history of Africa’s great coastal kingdoms and its mysterious counterparts in the heartland of Zimbabwe and southern Africa. For years, this legacy has been denied—only now can the true story be revealed.

The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu (2010)

The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu (2010)

If you’re interested in the ancient history of west Africa then this documentary is for you. Throughout all of my years in school, I never heard of “Timbuktu.” In fact, I low-key vaguely remember hearing Bugs Bunny mention Timbuktu as a joke when I was a kid. So ever since then I thought Timbuktu was some lost city like Atlantis or some shit. This documentary erased all that ignorance for me, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for you.

(To watch the documentary, simply click on the title above)

TMDB Summary: Aminatta Forna tells the story of legendary Timbuktu and its long-hidden legacy of hundreds of thousands of ancient manuscripts.

In the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, thousands of scientific and religious texts have been hidden for centuries. This program examines the rich history and variety of Timbuktu’s lost libraries. Scholars from across Africa and the Western world elucidate how valuable these fragile treasures are to our knowledge of Africa, Islam, and the growth of literacy outside the Western tradition. The program also asks: how differently would Africa have developed if the libraries hadn’t been forced underground by colonial interests? A BBC Production

Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley (2008)

Nubian Spirit The African Legacy of the Nile Vallley
Nubian Spirit: The African Legacy of the Nile Valley (2008)

Last but certainly not least we have probably my favorite documentary out of the three. If you’re interested in the ancient history of eastern Africa (before ANY foreign invasions) then this documentary is most definitely for you.  This documentary has opened my eyes to so much information about ancient Africa that words can’t even explain it. If you only watch one documentary on this list, I pray that it’s this one.

(To watch the documentary, simply click on the title above)

Website Summary: “Nubian Spirit” is a beautifully shot documentary that unravels the fascinating and often magical legacy of Ancient Sudan. It shines light onto the Ancient African culture, history and spiritual mythology of the people from the Nile Valley. The film digs deep into Ancient Africa’s numerous contributions to modern civilization. It draws out the reality of such disciplines as astronomy, architecture, science and much more that the Ancient Africans used to make sense of their world.

The film features dynamic interviews with leading scholars Robin Walker, K.N Chimbiri, Anthony Browder, Ife Piankhi, Onyeka, Dr. Kimani Nehusi, Rashid El Shelkh, an archaeologist and groundbreaking museum curators Stephen Quirke and Sally-Ann Ashton. The revelations and information they contribute help the viewer to fully “over-stand” this important time period. These perspectives are seldom if ever, taught in mainstream schools or universities.

This is a wonderful educational tool for both children and adults alike who have a genuine thirst for knowledge about the amazing continent of Africa and the world’s earliest civilizations that emerged from it.

That’s All Bruh

So There you have it! I hope these documentaries were just as insightful and educational for you as they have been for me. Let me know which documentaries you enjoyed most below!



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