African Folktales, Reimagined
African Folktales, Reimagined

“African Folktales, Reimagined”: A Series about the Beautiful, the Tragic, and the Magical on Netflix


African Folktales, Reimagined is a series filmed in several languages in which we will see six traditional tales about mysticism, love, and pain.

UNESCO and Netflix join forces to bring us closer to the African continent and its stories, its legends and, above all, the incredible magic and beauty of its landscape.

And also its tragedy.

Six stories that will take us with them, each in its own style and with its own history, but all with a strong sense of respect for the human and for nature.

It has a clear humanitarian purpose: to introduce us to the continent and bring us closer to its peoples, kindness, inequality… but, at the same time, it manages to be a very interesting series on a cinematographic level, throughout it achieves a slow, almost mystical rhythm, bringing us closer to the traditions and framing them in a current context: history, legend and reality join forces to give all the magic to each story.

A series of pauses – equally mysterious, sad and magical for us to discover Africa by from within Africa.

Release Date

March 29

Where to Watch African Folktales, Reimagined


Episode List

Katera of the Punishment Island

Abandoned on an island, a woman grieving the loss of her baby exacts revenge on the powerful man who put her there. From Ugandan director Loukman Ali.

Halima’s Choice

Forced into an arranged marriage, Halima turns to a stranger – and the virtual world of Napata – for help. From Nigerian director Korede Azeez.

Anyango and the Ogre

Three children and their mother seek solace in a folktale as they attempt to escape an abusive father. From Kenyan director Voline Ogutu.

Enmity Djinn

An elderly woman is forced to confront a malevolent djinn that once haunted her past. From Mauritanian director Mohamed Echkouna.


A young girl born at the onset of a drought encounters a mysterious rain bird. From Tanzanian director Walt Mzengi.


A mystical river being, Uma’Mlambo, watches over troubled women. From South African director Gcobisa Yako.

African Folktales, Reimagined
African Folktales, Reimagined

Name: African Folktales, Reimagined

Description: Experience the magic of African storytelling like never before. Netflix, in partnership with UNESCO, brings you the 'African Folktales, Reimagined' short films created by 6 filmmakers, from 6 African countries. Coming soon to Netflix on 29 March.

Seasons: 1

Country: South-Africa

Director(s): Walt Mzengi Corey, Loukman Ali, Akorede Azeez, Mohamed Echkouna, Voline Ogutu, Gcobisa Yako

Writer(s): Rebecca Corey, Walt Mzengi Corey

Companies: Netflix

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