Ngozi Onwurah


Voted for

Moonlight2016Barry Jenkins
The Burial of Kojo2018Sam Blitz Bazawule
Taxi Driver1976Martin Scorsese
Daughters of the Dust1991Julie Dash
Apocalypse Now1979Francis Ford Coppola
The Lunch box2013Ritesh Batra
Do the Right Thing1989Spike Lee
Black Panther2018Ryan Coogler
La Nuit des rois2020Philippe Lacôte
I Am Not a Witch2017Rungano Nyoni



2016 USA

The perfect film, intimate and universal. I went to watch it in the cinema three times in 10 days. Now I treat it like a favourite album, playing all or bits of it when my mood needs it.

The Burial of Kojo

2018 Ghana, USA

Like Moonlight, Burial Of Kojo is beautiful, magical filmaking. A bold cinematic poem with a strong narrative and characters you care deeply about.

Taxi Driver

1976 USA

For the longest time Martin Scorsese could do no wrong. Some of his shine has rubbed off over time but Taxi Driver is as brilliant as ever. This the the film that made me into a movie lover.

Daughters of the Dust

1991 USA

Poetic, delicate and powerful. Transports the viewer and the ancestors to another place and time.

Apocalypse Now

1979 USA

Not much left to say that hasn’t already been said about this film, An iconic masterpiece with images and dialogue that will haunt you forever.

The Lunch box


A delightful gem of a film. I took my 10-year-old son to see it when it first came out. Despite having to deal with subtitles, he loved it. So, a few days later, I bought a tiffin lunch box from the local Indian store and hid a love note amongst the food. I took it to his school and asked a member of staff to put it on his desk at lunch time, to imitate Mumbai’s lunch delivery service. My son was so happy. He wrote me a note to find when I was cleaning it, that made me so happy. When a movie infiltrates its way into your lived life, it is magical.

Do the Right Thing

1989 USA

I can’t overstate how important Do The Right Thing was to me and other aspiring Black filmmakers of my generation and generations after. I sat in a West End movie theatre with a tub of popcorn and watched as a maestro showed me what was actually possible.

Black Panther

2018 USA

The most thrilling cinematic experience of my life. Before Black Panther, I have never been much of a fan of superhero or big action movies but watching Black Panther in a movie theatre in Baldwin Hills on opening night, I realized this was the film I d been waiting for for over 50 years.

La Nuit des rois

2020 France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Senegal, Italy

Bold, original and riveting filmmaking that pays homage to the African tradition of oral storytelling. Totally specific and yet utterly universal. A film about the wonders and transformative power of stories and storytelling

I Am Not a Witch

2017 United Kingdom, France

A beautiful, haunting, visually striking film that deftly deals with a whole host of complicated issues.