African Indy Streamer

Kweli.tv has launched as a streaming service curating “independent content of the global black community.”

The streamer “focuses on the African diaspora experience,” offering documentaries, films, web shows, children’s programming, news and other programming from North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Many of the movies have been screened at festivals around the world.

Kweli (which means truth in Swahili) is 100% black-owned, and has partnerships with 110 filmmakers, half of whom are women, the company said. Its library already has nearly 200 titles, with plans to introduce five new ones every Wednesday. The service expects to have added more than 50 new films by Christmas.

In addition to a broad slate of global films, four “kweliOriginals” are scheduled for this fall:

  • #WokeWebSeries – A live, weekly 30-minute show that will report on “news affecting black people around the world, “from police brutality incidents, new legislation, protests, policies, petitions” and other developments. Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever and Janaye Ingram will host;
  • 60-Seconds of Comedy – “Up and coming comedians of African descent” will try to make you laugh in just 60 seconds;
  • #BlackRundown – This daily countdown show will “highlight the top five most important news stories impacting the entire African diaspora”;
  • Meet the Filmmaker – This show features interviews “with upcoming and prolific independent filmmakers of color across the globe.”

kweliTV is available on Roku, Google Play, Apple TV and a range of other devices.

Subscription plans are $5.99 a month or $49.99 for a year, with a seven-day free trial. You can also rent individual titles for $3.99 for 24-hours and watch “Live-TV,” a best-of stream of kweliTV films and shows, for free. Subscription discounts for students are available.

If you’re a filmmaker, you can submit projects to kweliTV directly through its website. For more information, visit kweliTV.

Recently, The Savvy Screener wrote about two other streaming services offering content from Africa: Entertale, which has free, mostly English language TV channels; and Demand Africa, a service with a variety of programming representing the African diaspora and scheduled to launch October 1.

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