AfriDocs: Documentaries For Africa

January 31, 2017

AfriDocs is an African broadcast first – a bold and exciting broadcast stream that sees African and other international documentaries screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa on a weekly basis.

AfriDocs uses the power of satellite television to reach new audiences, to expose the best work in documentary filmmaking, and to get people across the continent discussing common issues.

Audiences across Africa have responded positively to the chance to see a diversity of stories, many of them from the continent itself. The diverse array of films not only address many of the challenges facing the continent, but also celebrate the diverse cultures, languages and peoples of Africa and beyond.

“So many documentary films have been shot in Africa, but very few have been seen by African audiences”, says AfriDocs Executive Producer Don Edkins from Steps in Cape Town, “this heralds a new era of distribution for the continent.”

AfriDocs is an initiative of the multi-awarded South African documentary production and distribution company, Steps, in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.

Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Director of Social Impact Media at Bertha Philanthropies, said that the Bertha Foundation is proud to partner with Steps to help bring great documentary films to audiences across Africa, “Connecting documentary film to African audiences is something we have been hoping to do for some time now, and this is an ideal platform for that.”

February 2017 marks a new era for AfriDocs with a brand new broadcast partner and schedule. AfriDocs will be screened every Sunday night on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) starting 5 FEB 2017 and will be seen in 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

For the full programme schedule and synopses of the films, please go to or

You can also follow AfriDocs on twitter: @afri_docs

Weekly. Primetime. Real Stories.

General times across the continent: 

5 p.m. Cape Verde Time

6 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time (Mauritania to Benin)

7 p.m. West African Time (Niger to Namibia)

8 p.m. Central African Time/South Africa Standard Time

9 p.m. East African Time (Sudan to Tanzania)

10 p.m. Seychelles Time

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