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Are you wary of spending your precious leisure time streaming a show or movie that has subtitles? Don’t be – trust us when we tell you that not all subtitled shows are high brow, artistic fare.

From Nordic noir to an incredible adaptation of an Italian novel, from South African vernacular comedy and Afrikaans supernatural drama to an award-winning Kenyan superhero movie, these are the series and movies that aren’t in English but are 100% worth the mental effort of reading the subtitles. You’ll find them all on Showmax.

1. Supa Modo: 2018 (Swahili)

When nine-year-old Jo is diagnosed with a terminal illness and taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her life, the whole village decides to do their best to fulfil her dream of becoming a superhero. Supa Modo is the winner of over 50 international awards. Watch now »

2. Jordskott S1-2 (Swedish)

A detective, still grieving for her long-lost daughter, stumbles onto a serial case of missing children – which is the tip of a bigger conspiracy in this edge-of-your-seat thriller… Watch now »

3. My Brilliant Friend S1 (Neapolitan dialect and Italian)

My Brilliant Friend on Showmax

Elena, an elderly woman, has lost her closest friend, Lila, who’s mysteriously disappeared. She recounts their six-decade-long friendship, which began in 1950s Naples, by writing a story about their tumultuous relationship. Based on the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. Watch now »

4. Trippin With Skhumba (South African vernacular languages, including Sepedi, Setswana, isiZulu, Afrikaans and isiXhosa)

In a first for vernacular comedy, the Showmax Original Trippin With Skhumba sees one of the country’s favourite comedians travelling the country to visit the hometowns on fellow comedians. The series ends with a grand finale: an hour-long stand-up special, featuring Skhumba and his six guests, as well as one new comedian from each hometown visited. Watch now »

5. Die Spreeus (Afrikaans)

Did you know that South African history is full of ghost stories? In this supernatural series, two investigators take a closer look into the country’s suspected paranormal criminal cases. New episodes land every Tuesday evening, express from kykNET. Watch now »

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