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Ancient & Classical Civilizations
Middle East and North Africa videography
African cinema videography

African film & video resources outside of UCB (via U. Pennsylvania)
Films and Documents About Women in Africa (via UCB African American Studies Dept.)

African Cinema and African Cinematic Representation: A Short Bibliography/Videography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries

Lesotho

Destination--Lesotho.
Describes daily life in Lesotho as experienced by Peace Corps volunteers and the families with whom they work and live with patricular emphasis on the importance of water to the culture. 1995. 20 min. Video/C 4737

Highlights of the Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, 1-3 October 1999: Celebrating 175 Years of Lesotho's Diverse Cultural Heritage
Coverage of the first major cultural festival in Lesotho, celebrating 175 years of Lesotho's cultural heritage. Includes various forms of Sesotho music, horsemanship, traditional dances, local musical instruments, famo and jazz presentations and a Morabaraba sports competition. 59 min. PAL format. Video/C 9265

Lesotho, Water, Water Everywhere(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 8)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Focuses on the Lesotho Highlands Dam Project which seeks economic development for this poor nation. Here community and government leaders meet to discuss how all those concerned can benefit from the endeavor. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5351

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Liberia

Between War and Peace.(Life; 4)
Commencing in the late 1980's over half of the population of Liberia fled their homes in terror during a long and bloody civil war. After 14 years of anarchy, the international community has arrived in force in an attempt to stabilize the country. Many see this as Liberia's last chance. This program reports on Liberia's attempts to find a way of engaging the combatants (many of them children) in rebuilding their country -- to sustain the peace. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3971

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Iron Ladies of Liberia (Why Democracry? Series)
On January 16, 2006, after fourteen years of civil war, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President of Liberia. Her campaign navigated a hotly-contested election, which she won with the overwhelming support of women across Liberia. As the first elected female head of state in Africa, she has appointed other extraordinary women to leadership positions in all areas of government, including the Police Chief and the Ministers of Justice, Commerce, and Finance. With unprecedented access, this film chronicles her historic first year in office. Directed by Daniel Junge; co-directed by Siatta Scott Johnson. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2007. 53 min. DVD X396

Liberia: A Fragile Peace
Tells the history of Liberia and a war weary people's struggle to rebuild their nation after fourteen years of civil war. Focuses on the period from the departure of [dictator] Charles Taylor to the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman head of state, and the difficulties of rehabilitating a nation destroyed by war. A film by Steven Ross. 2005. 60 min. DVD 5280

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Liberia: An Uncivil War
Provides an in-depth case study of one of the many brutal civil wars that have sprung up across Africa. It is also an exciting example of war-time journalism--harrowing reporting with bullets ricocheting just feet from the camera--placed in a historical context stretching back nearly two hundred years. Reporter Jonathan Stack is besieged in the Liberian capital of Monrovia where President Charles Taylor says he will not leave until peacekeepers are in place. James Barbazon, embedded with The LURD (Liberians United For Reconcilation and Democracy) who have pledged to pillage the country until President Taylor leaves, introduces General Cobra, Col. Black Diamond and other soldiers, slightly more than children. On August 5th 2003 - with the rebels at the bridges leading to Monrovia, the Nigerians are at last persuaded to send 750 peacekeepers and the U.N. soon follows with 14,000. But what remains in the viewer's mind is President Bush's empty promises of help during the darkest days of Liberia's civil war. Produced and directed by Jonathan Stack. 2004. 102 min. DVD 4337

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Liberia, Arming the Peace Process (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 5)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Profiles the work of ECOMOG, which West African neighbors of Liberia have sent to help stabilize the country. After a dismal start, the Nigerian-led ECOMOG has been getting the job done. In this film General Malu, leader of ECOMOG, talks about Nigeria's role in rebuilding Liberia. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5348

The Liberia Tragedy
A documentary which examines the recent political history of Liberia, from the 1980 military coup led by Samuel Doe to the l989 rebellion which ousted him from power and led to civil war. The film features extensive archival footage and interviews with Liberian journalists and former government officials, rebel leader Charles Taylor, and the U.S. Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1991. 59 min. Video/C 5219

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women - ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim - came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Through interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia, recounts the experiences and memories of these women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country. A compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. Directed by Gini Reticker. 2008. 72 min. DVD X3020

Returning Dreams. (Life; 4)
Fourteen-year old Jemoh has been living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone for three years. This program follows her on her return journey home to Liberia, and the mixed picture she finds there. Jemoh is just one of millions of children caught up in the world's conflicts. Some are forced to fight and kill; others are used as slaves and "wives." Those that do survive are left brutalized and traumatized. How, this program asks, can these children be rehabilitated who have gone through such experiences? Directed by Emily Marlow. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3976

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

The Word Universe: A Journey to West Africa
An American travels to West Africa in search of his refugee friend. This human rights documentary -- featuring music by Bob Marley -- takes us on a journey to the edge of the shattered nation of Libera. 1995. 91 min. Video/C 4278

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Libya

Common Enemies
This documentary tells the story of a group of Black muslims, American Indians and Chicano radicals who, in the mid-1980's, met eachother in Muammar Qaddafi's Libya. There they attended a series of his meetings intending to meet a revolutionary and to find a common cause. What ensued at the meetings and resulting consequences landed some of the participants in prison and increased political tensions between the U.S. and Libya. Directed and edited by Tonantzin De Aztlan and Nick Guroff. 2007. DVD X4769

Gaddafi's Gamble
Explores the recent history of Libya, isolated since Colonel Qaddafi seized power thirty-five years ago. Describes how the dictator squandered Libya's oil wealth and left its economy in ruins after years of bankrolling terrorists and dubious African liberation movements. Explains that Libya has recently been trying to rejoin the rest of the world and is using its vast oil reserves to woo back former foes, especially the United States. Examines why Qaddafi is suddenly renouncing terrorism, nuclear weapons, and socialism and asks what these changes may really mean. Originally broadcast on television on June 22, 2004. 36 min. DVD X5827

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Madagascar

Angano...Angano: Tales from Madagascar.
Contemporary storytellers recount the founding myths of Malagasy culture, the creation of man and woman, the origin of rice cultivation, the reason for animal sacrifice. 1989. 64 min. Video/C 3771

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Madagascar: A Land Like No Other
Presents an extensive ecotour of Madagascar's rainforests and wildlife perserves and offshore islands in search of its wide variety of chameleons and other fauna and flora including insects, snakes and lemurs. 1997. 110 min. Video/C MM40

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Malawi

Malawi: A Nation Going Hungry(What in the World? People of the Developing Nations)
Documents economic and social conditions in Malawi, where 3 million of a 12 million population live in abject poverty. During the 1990s, non-governmental organizations such as the World Food Program distributed seeds and farm tools to the poor, and the government allowed them to live and farm on public land. The program's subsidies supported the farmers during poor growing seasons. The World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund have forced the Malawi government to stop the subsidies, starving millions. AIDS is so pervasive in Malawi that many widows prefer starvation for themselves and their families to seeking a new mate. Due to AIDS and food shortages, there are more than one million orphans in Malawi. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2004. 26 min. DVD 5447

The Tree of our Forefathers(Developing Stories)
Film follows a refugee family who has spent 10 years living in a refugee camp in Malawi as they make the return journey to their homeland in the Tete Province of Mozambique where they at last can pay proper respects to their dead under the village tree. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 3872

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Up in Smoke(Life; 42)
Part of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the country of Malawi in Southern African where tobacco is the major export crop, responsible for 70% of all export earnings. But dependence on tobacco crops and manipulation by the tobacco industry has stunted the economy of Malawi, and despite the diminished returns from tobacco growing, the government has increased the land under cultivation. c2002. 27 min. Video/C 9851 (for other installments of series, see

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Whose Agenda is it Anyway?(Life 4 ; Millennium series 10)
To fulfill the Millennium Development goals, many poor countries are now implementing Poverty Reduction Strategy Programs (PRSPs). But in Malawi, PRSPs are viewed by many as merely a new version of old World Bank policies, with decisions ultimately made in Washington, rather than by the country's own citizens. This report investigates the PRSP process and its effectiveness in Malawi with interviews with citizens in rural communities, government officials, civil society campaigners, World Bank economists and critics of World Bank policies. Directed by Chris Walker. 23 min. DVD 3961

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

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Mali

Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts = Women with Open Eyes (Library of African Cinema).
Profiles contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance. 1994. 52 min. Video/C 3728

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Guimba: Un Tyran, Une Epoque
An epic set in the legendary past of Mali (West Africa) to provide a biting allegory of present-day African politics. Through the story of the downfall of Guimba the tyrant, the filmmaker foretells a similar fate for the many dictators who still pillage the continent. He frames his film with the appearance of a griot, a traditional African storyteller who passes down the "wisdom of the ancestors", looking to the values and legends of the African past for inspiration and guidance in reconstructing well-governed, self-sufficient nations. 1995. 93 min. Video/C 4466

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Keita!: L'heritage du Groit.
Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. 1994. 94 min. Video/C 4116

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Mali, Bearing the Flame of Peace(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 8)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film visits with Mali's A. T. Toure, one of only two military rulers in Sub-Saharan Africa to have voluntarily turned his nation over to democratic governance. Increasingly seen as a key leader, peacemaker and role model for a new generation of African leaders, he shares his hopes for democracy in Mali. The second film focuses on the Lesotho Highlands Dam Project which seeks economic development for this poor nation. Here community and government leaders meet to discuss how all those concerned can benefit from the endeavor. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5351

Mastering a Continent (Africa series).
Looks at two important developments in early African society, the growth of cattle keeping and agriculture. Focuses on the activities of three communities, the Pokot in Northern Kenya, Sukor in Nigeria and the Dogon of Mali. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM452

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Mozambique

Africa Dreaming.
Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta

Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming. In Sophia's Homecoming (Namibia) a woman who has worked as a domestic returns home to a terrible discovery: the ruptures caused by apartheid can never be repaired. In Sabriya (Tunisia) a modern woman disrupts the patterned mosaic of male Maghrebi society. So Be It (Senegal), based on a play by Wole Soyinka, follows the destruction of a well intentioned foreign doctor confronting fear, rage and powerlessness in a remote Senegalese village. The Gaze of the Stars (Mozambique) is a story about machismo in Mozambique, so powerful that it drives away whatever it loves. 1997. (112 min.) Video/C 5400

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Chopi Music of Mozambique; Banguza Timbila.
Two short documentary films which depict performances of the timbila (marimba) music of the Chopi people who live in the village of Banguza, in the province of Zavala, in Mozambique. The procedures and techniques employed in making the musical instruments are shown in detail and the stories of the dances performed to the music are explained. Dist.: Flower Films. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 3560

Cleansing the Past(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 4)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Examines the results of the civil war in Mozambique through one former soldier in the rebel FRELIMO army as he seeks to rejoin the community he left behind. The village puts him through a rite of exorcism, so he is able to resume his life as a fisherman. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5347

Farewell, GDR (South series)
In the 1980s young people from Mozambique immigrated to Germany only to experience discrimination. Upon their return to Mozambique they often found themselves outsiders in their own homeland. This film surveys their dilemma as they face groups antagonistic towards returning Mozambicans and economic hardships which caused them to immigrate to Germany in the first place. Directed by Licinio Azevedo. 1991. 25 min. DVD X3938; Video/C 3035

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Hopes on the Horizon
Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women's rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education. 2001. 115 min. Video/C 7855

In Search of Stability (The Africans)
Gives an overview of the several means of governing in Africa. Examines new social orders to illustrate an Africa in search of a viable form of government in the postindependence period. Compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 945:6

Little Heroes.
An expose of the lives of the child soldiers who were kidnapped and forced to fight as guerrilla soldiers during the peasant revolt in the 1980's in Mozambique. A film by Ole Gjerstad. 1994. 49 min. Video/C 3738

Tchuma Tchato
On the South bank of the Zambezi river, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet, the first Mozambican experience in community management of natural resources has transformed furtive native hunters into game wardens. A film by Licinio Azevedo. 56 min. 1997. DVD 9930 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4910

This Magnificent African Cake (Africa series).
Traces the major developments of African history between the 1800's and 1945. Looks at the different ways colonial rule was established and the emergence of nationalist movements, focusing on Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM454

Mozambique, Farmers on the Frontier(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 7)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Deals with white Afrikaner farm families who are moving north to Niassa, causing fear and suspicion among peasant farmers in the region. In this film two farmers, one a white Afrikaner, the other a Mozambican villager, meet to discuss how they can live together in an integrated society which benefits both. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5350

Mozambique: The Struggle for Survival
Documents the effects of 25 years of armed conflict and the resulting famine on the people of Mozambique which is under seige from RENAMO, a terrorist group supported by South Africa. This film explores the political and racial background of the fighting and accuses South Africa of waging a campaign of destabilization and terror. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1987. 57 min. Video/C 5216

Tchuma Tchato
On the South bank of the Zambezi river, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet, the first Mozambican experience in community management of natural resources has transformed furtive native hunters into game wardens. A film by Licinio Azevedo. 56 min. 1997. DVD 9930 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4910 (a second copy in PAL format Video/C 6683)

The Tree of our Forefathers
Film follows a refugee family who has spent 10 years living in a refugee camp in Malawi as they make the return journey to their homeland in the Tete Province of Mozambique where they at last can pay proper respects to their dead under the village tree. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 4910; also Video/C 6683 (PAL format)

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Namibia

Africa Dreaming.
Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta

Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming. In Sophia's Homecoming (Namibia) a woman who has worked as a domestic returns home to a terrible discovery: the ruptures caused by apartheid can never be repaired. In Sabriya (Tunisia) a modern woman disrupts the patterned mosaic of male Maghrebi society. So Be It (Senegal), based on a play by Wole Soyinka, follows the destruction of a well intentioned foreign doctor confronting fear, rage and powerlessness in a remote Senegalese village. The Gaze of the Stars (Mozambique) is a story about machismo in Mozambique, so powerful that it drives away whatever it loves. 1997. 112 min. Video/C 5400

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Le Malentendu Colonial (A Colonial Misunderstanding)
The filmmaker looks at European colonialism in Africa through the lens of Christian evangelism as the model for the relationship between Africa and western countries today. The history of German missionaries in Namibia in the 19th and 20th centuries is discussed by African and German historians and theologians, revealing how colonialism destroyed African beliefs and social systems and replaced them with European ones. A film by Jean-Marie Teno. 2004. 73 min. DVD 5281

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Milking the Rhino
A ferocious kill on the Serengeti; warnings about endangered species... These clichés of nature films ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera who endure the dangers and costs of living with wild animals. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia's Himba -- two of earth's oldest cattle cultures -- are emerging from a century of 'white man's conservation,' which threw them off their lands, banned subsistence hunting and fueled resentment. They are discovering that earnings from wildlife tourism can rival the benefits of livestock. But change is not easy. Charting the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations, this film offers complex, intimate stories of Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation. Directed, produced, written and edited by David E. Simpson. Dist.: Kartemquin Films. 2008. 83 min. DVD X1879

Conklin, Kristie Ann. "A Documentary Proves Conservation Is Possible Anywhere." Environmental Practice, Sep2009, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p229-229 UC users only
Talmor, Ruti. "Milking the Rhino." Visual Anthropology Review, 2010, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p65-67, 3p UC users only

Namibia: Africa's Last Colony.
Outlines the exploitation of Namibia by occupying countries, and explores the poverty of indigenous peoples. 1985. 52 min. Video/C 941

Namibia: Rebirth of a Nation.
After twenty-three years of armed struggle against South African occupation forces, Namibia gained its independence in 1990. This film documents the challenges facing Namibians in rebuilding a nation dispossessed by a lifetime of colonial domination and devastated by decades of occupation. Directed by Kevin Harris. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1990. 45 min. Video/C 5221

Namibia, No Easy Road To Freedom.
Examines Namibia's long history of colonial occupation by South Africa, including the armed conflict between South African troops and the Namibian resistance organization SWAPO, negotiations of a peace plan in 1978, and discussions of the nation's independence that was finally declared in 1990. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 5222

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Niger

Arlit, The Second Paris (Arlit, deuxième Paris)
A case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25, 000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. A film by Idrissou Mora Kpai. 2005. 78 min. DVD 5274

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Deep Hearts
An ethnographic portrayal of the Bororo people of Niger, showing an annual ritual dance, which symbolizes their beliefs about containing and controlling their feelings of love. Photography, Robert Gardner, Robert Fulton; editors, Robert Gardner, Robert Fulton. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 1979. 58 min. DVD 5508

Herdsmen of the Sun (Wodaabe les bergers du soleil)
A documentary film of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region with a focus on the courtship rituals of the tribe. Once a year in what amounts to a beauty pageant, the young men dress up and parade in front of the women. Each woman must then chose and spend the next few nights with the man she finds most beautiful. Directed by Werner Herzog. 1988. 54 min. Video/C 9557

Les Maitres Fous.
A film by Jean Rouch. This film documents the Haouka cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920's to the 1950's. Shows them living and working in Accra and participating in a primitive tribal ceremony. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 1986. 29 min. DVD 3911; vhs Video/C 3460

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Missing Out.(City Life; 17)
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, and less than a third of the population has access to any health care. Malnutrition remains the main cause of maternal and infant mortality, and over half of all pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency anemia. In Tanzania, malaria is blamed for the increase in anemia. UNICEF believes that the solution is providing micromultinutrient pills which contain iron folate and other vitamins. This program follows two traditional birth attendants as they try to persuade women to take iron folate supplements and visit hospitals. It also looks at what could happen when donors pull out of distribution programs. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 8945

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School's Out! (Life; 5)
Explores the issue of private versus public schools in Makoko, a shantytown in Lagos, Nigeria. Average income in Makoko is about fifty dollars a month. The people of Makoko appear to have a choice: Children can go to the free state school, or they can pay at one of a growing number of small, private schools that have opened there. Research into how and why these private schools have emerged in such unlikely circumstances has been organized by a team from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Their research reveals that in communities like Makoko, parents are voting with their feet. They think the state system has failed, and a new and interesting grass roots movement in education seems to be the result. Produced and directed by Dick Bower. 23 min. DVD 8386

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Women of Manga (Niger).
Program is devoted to the women of a warrior tribe whose origin is ancient but unknown and which lives today in eastern Niger. Focuses on the traditions including the complicated painting, hairstyles, facial scars and jewelry. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 12 min. Video/C 3025

Zulei.
Zulei, a 14-year-old girl about to be married, is the focus of this program, which documents the life of a people whose ancestors were nomads and whose customs and habits have changed very little across millennia. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 52 min. Video/C 3026

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Nigeria

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.
An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and Yoruban African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. 1990. 42 min. Video/C 4286

Behind the Mask.
Examines some of the carved ceremonial masks of the Dogon tribe of Nigeria. Shows how these artifacts are created and explains how they are used in the Dogons' sacred rituals. 1976. 52 min. Video/C 176

Chiefs and Strongmen. (Struggle for democracy; 3)
This program done in 1989 looks closely at three African nations where western-style democracy has not taken root; Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. 1989. 57 min. Video/C 1888

Chinua Achebe (A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers).
Moyers interviews Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe who discusses the West's often inaccurate portrayal of Africa and how it is the African storyteller's obligation to be the collective memory of the African people. 1989. 28 min. Video/C 1575

Daura and Katsina, Nigeria. The Hausa Woman.
Daura and Katsina, Nigeria is a historical tour of two townships in Northern Nigeria, which were both ancient seats of Islamic culture and learning. The Hausa Woman is a demonstration of techniques used by Hausa women to beautify their bodies. 1990. 64 min. Video/C 4326

Delta Force.
A documentary of the environmental and social effects that the oil drilling by Shell International has had in the 1990's, on the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta. Also includes commentary and interviews with the political activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. Director/producer, Glenn Ellis. 1995. 50 min. DVD 9276 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5061

Doctors of Nigeria.
Demonstrates the interrelation of traditional herbal medicine and orthodox Western medicine in Nigeria. 1981. 57 min. Video/C 308

Femi Kuti Live at the Shrine
Disc 2: Intro -- Dem bobo -- Oyimbo -- I wanna be free -- If them want to hear -- Eho -- 1,2,3,4 -- Yeparipa -- Can't bury me -- Bring me the man now -- '97 -- Intro Shotan -- Shotan -- Water no get enemy. Femi Anikulapo Kuti, lead vocals, saxophones ; with vocal and instrumental acc. Disc 1 contains a music documentary of Afrobeat artist Femi Kuti performing live at the Shrine in the his family's hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where every Sunday Femi plays to a packed house of revelers. Disc 2 is an audio disc containing songs performed at the concert. 87 min. DVD 9374

Hopes on the Horizon.
Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women's rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education. 2001. 115 min. Video/C 7855

The King and the City (Africa series).
Explores the structure of medieval African kingdoms and visits Kano in Nigeria, where a king still holds court in his 15th century palace, and ancient rituals continue to command the respect of the people. 84. 60 min. Video/C MM453

Kingdom of Bronze.
Traces the development of skillful bronze casting techniques practiced by the Beni tribe of Nigeria 1976. 52 min. Video/C 180

Konkombe: Nigerian Music.
An extraordinary journey into the Nigerian pop music scene including juju, Afrobeat, highlife, reggae, afro-pop and Lagos street music. Includes performances, interviews, and recording sessions with Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, I.K. Dairo, Sonny Okusun, Lijadu Sisters, and others. 1988. 50 min. DVD 981; also VHS Video/C 3264

Lagos.
The film follows noted architect Rem Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years are he wandered the city, talking with people about the problems of city life. But instead of judging the city doomed, he is able to interpret the "culture of congestion" positively. 2003. 55 min. DVD 3537

Lagos Wide and Close: An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City
Documentary footage of the city of Lagos. Because filming has long been restricted in Nigeria, few images of Lagos exist. Focusing on self-organization and urbanization in Lagos, the film presents a unique engagement with a hardly documented city, capturing multiple perspectives of a volatile moment in its evolution.The viewer can choose from two different video angles (wide or close) and three different audio tracks (commentary with Rem Koolhaas, talks with inhabitants, and sounds of the city). Based on research by The Harvard Project on the City under the direction of Rem Koolhaas. c2005. 60 min. DVD X2796

Mammy Water: In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeria.
Film features Mammy Water (a water deity worshipped in Nigeria) rituals and interviews devotees and their leaders. 1991. 59 min. Video/C 2360

Description from Berkeley Media catalog

Flores, Y. M. "Mammy Water, In Search Of The Water Spirits Of Nigeria" Western Folklore, 1994 Jan, V53 N1:91-92.
Kasfir, S. L. "Mammy Water In Search Of The Water Spirits In Nigeria" African Arts, 1994 Jan, V27 N1:80+.
Ottenberg, Simon. "Mammy Water: In Search of the Water Spirits in Nigeria." American Anthropologist v93, n1 (March, 1991):254 (2 pages).

Mastering a Continent (Africa series).
Looks at two important developments in early African society, the growth of cattle keeping and agriculture. Focuses on the activities of three communities, the Pokot in Northern Kenya, Sukor in Nigeria and the Dogon of Mali. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM452

Monday's Girls.
A grandmother named Monday Moses in Ogoloma, Nigeria is responsible for taking the young girls of the village through various rites of passage into womanhood that involve body painting, public breast examination and five weeks of confinement in "fattening rooms" so that they will be ready for marriage. This documentary examines these ceremonies and the crisis that develops when a chieftain's daughter who has lived in the city for some years, returns to participate in the rituals but then refuses to complete them. Director, Ngozi Onwurah. Broadcast as an episode of the television program Under the sun; originally produced in 1993. 49 min. DVD X6500; Video/C 3729

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Nigeria(Human Rights & Wrongs)
First segment: A report on the human rights situation in Nigeria, focusing on the military dictatorship in Nigeria and its efforts to prevent the imposition of U.S. sactions in response to its repressive regime. Second segment: Investigates lobbying efforts concerning Nigeria in the U.S. by various American corporations, non-profit organizations and Nigerian nationals. Third segment: Using excerpts from the films "Delta force," by Glenn Ellis and "Ken Saro-Wiwa: an African martyr," and a final interview with the Nigerian human rights activist, examines Saro-Wiwa's support of the Ogoni people whose land is being destroyed as the result of petroleum mining. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast July 10, 1996. Video/C 6739

Nollywood Babylon
Chronicles the wild world of "Nollywood," a term coined in the early '90s to describe the world's fastest-growing national cinema, the Nigerian film industry. The film delves first-hand into Nigeria's explosive homegrown movie industry, producing 2500 films a year, most for under $10,000. Peppered with interviews with producers, directors and actors, film clips and buoyed by a rousing score fusing Afropop and traditional sounds, Nollywood Babylon celebrates the distinctive power of Nigerian cinema now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. Featuring: Lancelot Imasuen, Odia Ofeimun, Onookome Okome, Eddie Ugbomah, Kingsley Ogoro, Helen Ukpabio, Isang Ubong-Awah, Omotola Ekeinde, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Kenneth Okonkwo. Directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal. 2008. 74 min. DVD X1894

Oba Koso: Nigerian Music and Dance Drama.
Excerpts from the famous Yoruba folklore drama about a wicked man who tries to overthrow the king. Features intricate dance steps, brilliantly colored costumes, and Yoruba instruments and singing. Dance-drama with Yoruba music based on the play by Duro Ladipo. Commentary by Margaret Croyden ; performance by the National Theater of Nigeria. 1996. 28 min. Video/C 5967

The People Will Dance.
In Nigeria a village chieftain tries to convince his villagers to locate a missing canoe but all they want to do is dance. A drama designed to highlight the dance and music of the people of the Benue State. 1993. 120 min. Video/C 4327

The Preferred Sex...The Desired Number.
In many societies, a woman is valued according to her reproductive efficiency. Her status in family and community depends on her ability to bear children of the desired number and of the desired sex. Film investigates the condition of women in Nigeria and India through interviews with husbands, wives, clergy and family planning personnel. 1995. 53 min. Video/C 4011

Sweet Crude
Examines the humanitarian, environmental and economic devastation caused by 50 years of oil extraction in Nigeria's Niger Delta. In the summer of 2008, militants from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) declared an "oil war" in Nigeria. Escalating unrest and kidnappings by militants have shut down as much as 40% of oil production in the region. Meanwhile, the people of the Delta continue to suffer as they have for half a century. Billions of dollars of crude oil are pumped out from beneath their feet while they live in desperate poverty without means of a livelihood in a decimated environment. Oil spills, dredging and acid rain from gas flaring have destroyed habitats, killed the fish population, fouled the soil and poisoned the villagers. Their villages lack potable water, sanitation, infrastructure, healthcare, schools and jobs. The filmmaker was imprisoned by the Nigerian military during the making of the film. Directed by Sandy Cioffi. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2009. 94 min. DVD X3211

This Magnificent African Cake (Africa series).
Traces the major developments of African history between the 1800's and 1945. Looks at the different ways colonial rule was established and the emergence of nationalist movements, focusing on Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM454

This is Nollywood
Examines the burgeoning motion picture industry in Nigeria, most of which is shot on relatively small budgets with digital cameras. Also follows the shoot of an action-adventure movie (Check Point), whose cast and crew explain the movie-making process in Nigeria. This documentary reveals a revolution enabling Africans with few resources to tell African stories to African audiences. Despite all odds, Nigerian directors produce between 500 and 1,000 movies a year. The disks sell wildly all over the continent -- Nollywood actors have become stars from Ghana to Zambia. This Is Nollywood shows how the egalitarian promise of digital technology has found realization in Lagos, one of the world's largest and poorest cities. Directed and edited by Franco Sacchi. 2007. 56 min.

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Welcome to Nollywood
After the U.S. and India, the world's third largest producer of feature films is Nigeria. Barely a decade old and already generating over $286 million for the Nigerian economy, this documentary explores this burgeoning industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of films that both mirror and comment upon the social issues of the continent. Directed by Jaimie Meltzer. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2007. 57 min. DVD 8681
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Rwanda

Genocide Archive Rwanda (includes archive of video clips)
International Tribunal for Rwanda (includes archive of video clips)

Fictional films based on events in Rwanda

Beyond the Gates (aka Shooting Dogs) (UK / Germany, 2005) DVD 8785
Hotel Rwanda (UK / USA / Italy / South Africa, 2004) DVD 3715
Sometimes in April(HBO, 2005) DVD 4060

Burying the Machete. Children of War. [Sound Recording]
Side A. Burying the Machete (32 min.) -- Side B. Children of war (32 min.)Burying the Machete examines how Rwandans are trying to come to terms with the 1994 genocide. The survivors are still mourning their dead, but the call for justice is mounting while Rwanda's judicial system is incapable of dealing with the staggering case load of 150,000 suspected of involvement in the genocide. Children of War is the story of Angola's children. The displaced, amputees, orphans, child prostitutes and trauma victims tell how 30 years of war has affected them. 1995. 62 min. Sound/C 1278

The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda
A documemtary film that examines the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as a case study in the human rights challenges of the 21st century. The film incorporates historical footage of the colonial period, interviews with genocide survivors and analyses of such issues as the international laws of genocide, the failure of the international community and non-governmental organizations, the refugee crisis, womens' human rights violations, the war crimes tribunal and the International Criminal Court. Dist.: The Video Project. 1997. 35 min. DVD X7214; Video/C 7915

Gacaca: Living Together Again in Rwanda?
In 1994, decades of politically motivated ethnic scapegoating culminated in a wholesale slaughter of the Rwanda's Tutsi minority, along with many Hutu moderates. Today, Rwanda is rebuilding, but its most difficult task is addressing the emotional trauma and fostering reconciliation between the Hutu and Tutsi. This film follows the first steps in one of the world's boldest experiments in reconciliation: the Gacaca Tribunals. These are a form of citizen-based justice based on ancient traditions of judgement, aimed at unifying this scarred nation. A film by Anne Aghian. 55 min. c2002. Video/C 9708

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Doughty, Kristin C. "Experiences of law and reconciliation after genocide." Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Nov2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p201-204, 4p UC users only
Janzen, John M. "Gacaca: Living Together Again In Rwanda?/In Rwanda We Say . . .: The Family That Does Not Speak Dies." American Historical Review, Jun2005, Vol. 110 Issue 3, p914-915, 2p UC users only

Genocide: The Horror Continues
The late 20th century produced a sinister euphemism: 'ethnic cleansing.' This program presents a comprehensive survey of genocide by looking at the most recent examples in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey; Burundi and Rwanda; the former Yugoslavia; Indonesia and East Timor; and Chechnya. The role and efforts of the United Nations are discussed as well as what the future holds in trying to prevent genocide. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 57 min. Video/C 8745

Ghosts of Rwanda
Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors, this documentary examines the state-sponsored genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Explores the reasons why the international community and the United States did not intervene as Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Tutsis. Written, produced and directed by Greg Barker. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, April 1, 2004. Dist.: PBS. 115 min. DVD 3521

God Sleeps in Rwanda
The 1994 Rwanda genocide left the country nearly 70% female, handing Rwanda's women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. This film captures the spirit of five women as they struggle to rebuild their lives and redefine women's roles in a country torn apart by war. Written, directed and produced by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman. 2004. 28 min. DVD 5112

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Healers Without Borders. Children of the Genocide.[Sound Recording]
Side A. Healers without borders (32 min.) -- Side B. Children of the genocide (47 min.)Healers Without Borders looks at the work of the humanitarian organization, Medecins sans frontieres in Katale Camp, in Burundi. Medical relief workers discuss frankly the motivation of staff members, the challenges and difficulties and joys of their work. Children of the Genocide are Rwanda's children: separated from their parents they saw, heard, felt and sometimes participated themselves in the massacres in their homeland. This documentary examines what is being done to assist these child trauma victims. 1995. 79 min. Sound/C 1276

In Rwanda We Say...: The Family that Does Not Speak Dies /
Over several years filmaker Anne Aghion traveled to rural Rwanda, to chart the progress of its ethnic reconciliation programs. This film continues her quest to learn how the human spirit survives the traumatic effects of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority, which claimed 800,000 lives in 100 days. Written and directed by J. Coll Metcalfe. Dist.: Choices, Inc. c2004. 54 min. DVD X6920

In the Tall Grass: Inside the Citizen-based Justice System Gacaca
Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts. Shows the challenges faced by post-genocide countries as they transition from violence to peace. Director, Anne Aghion. c2006. 57 min. DVD 7259

Keepers of Memory
Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, acclaimed director Eric Kabera takes a heartfelt look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, the memorials created in the victims' honor, and those who keep the memories alive. Director/producer, Eric Kabera. Dist.: Choices, Inc. 2004. 52 min. DVD 4692

The Long Wait. History Will Judge Us Harshly. [Sound Recording]
Side A. The Long wait (31 min.) -- Side B. History will judge us harshly (32 min.) The Long Wait portrays a Rwandan family in a refugee camp near Goma, Zaire. They speak of life in the camp, of the heat, the poor food, its insufficient quantity, the Hutu militiamen, their aspirations and their refusal to return to a Rwanda ruled by Tutsis. In History Will Judge Us Harshly, Burundians speak about their country's cyclical massacres and about the complete failure of politicians in dealing with the ethnic rivalry. Documentary speculates if it is time to place Burundi under an international mandate. 1995. 63 min. Sound/C 1277

My Neighbor, My Killer
A documentary of the Gacaca Tribunals, open-air hearings with citizen-judges meant to try their neighbors and rebuild the nation. As part of this experiment in reconciliation, confessed genocide killers were sent home from prison, while traumatized survivors were asked to forgive them and resume living side-by-side. Anne Aghion charts the impact of Gacaca on survivors and perpetrators alike. Through their fear and anger, accusations and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness, and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence. Produced & directed by Anne Aghion. 80 min. c2009. DVD X6248

Catsoulis, Jeannette. "Side by Side, With the Guilty, After Courts Send Them Home." New York Times, 1/12/2010, p3, 0p UC users only
Kirpalani, Anita. "Violence's Aftermath." Newsweek (Atlantic Edition), 5/11/2009, Vol. 153 Issue 19/20, p8-8, 1/4p; UC users only
Rohter, Larry. "Rwandans Judging Genocide, Their Way." New York Times, 6/20/2009, p1 UC users only

The Notebooks of Memory
The film ventures into the rural heart of the African nation of Rwanda to capture one of the world's boldest experiments in reconciliation, the Gacaca Tribunals. These are a new form of citizen-based justice aimed at unifying this country of 8 million people after the 1994 genocide which claimed over 800,000 lives in 100 days. This film goes directly to the emotional core of the story, talking one-on-one with survivors and accused killers alike. In a powerful, compassionate and insightful film, with almost no narration, and using only original footage, Anne Aghion captures first-hand how ordinary people struggle to find a future after cataclysm. Directed by Anne Aghion. c2009. 53 min. DVD X5952

Doughty, Kristin C. "Experiences of law and reconciliation after genocide." Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Nov2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p201-204, 4p UC users only

Rwanda
First segment: A look at what has happened since the war between members of Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in the Central African republic of Rwanda. Despite its many problems people are beginning to rebuild their lives as evidenced by a visit to a wedding ceremony. Second segment: An interview with Kenneth Roth, Exec. Director of Human Rights Watch, on the impact war crimes tribunals have had in Rwanda and around the world. First segment: A look at what has happened since the war between members of Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in the Central African republic of Rwanda. Despite its many problems people are beginning to rebuild their lives as evidenced by a visit to a wedding ceremony. Second segment: An interview with Kenneth Roth, Exec. Director of Human Rights Watch, on the impact war crimes tribunals have had in Rwanda and around the world. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 2, 1995. 27 min. Video/C 6721

Rwanda: A Quest for Justice. (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 3)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film follows the efforts of the International Tribunal for Rwanda to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice, an arduous, complicated process which has not gone smoothly. The second film examines Rwanda and Burundi where hate radio has been used to incite ethnic violence. But now in Burundi, radio is also being utilized as a means of building understanding and promoting reconciliation. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5346

Rwandan Nightmare.
A documentary which includes eye-witness accounts of the slaughter of tens of thousands in Rwanda, tells the story of the early days of the crisis and contains interviews with survivors including President Habyarimana's widow, Rwandan Popular Front leaders, Paul Kagami and Theogene Rudasingwa, and former French humanitarian aid minister, Bernard Kouchner. Reporter Catherine Bond investigates the possibility that the carnage may have been a calculated act of genocide by the Rwandan government against the country's Tutsi minority. 1994. 41 min. Video/C 3500

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire.
Lt. General Romeo Dallaire was the commander of the UN peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide which claimed 800,000 lives. This film follows Dallaire back to Rwanda ten years after the massacre in order for him to come to terms with the atrocities he witnessed there. Dallaire describes his experiences while in Rwanda and how they have since effected him. Based in part on the book, Shake hands with the Devil by (Ret'd) Lt. General Romeo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley. Special features: A reading of an excerpt of his book Shake hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire (6 min.); an interview with director Peter Raymont (8 min.); optional audio commentary by Peter Raymont or Geoff Pevere; a 56 min. classroom version of the film; photo gallery; reading list. 2005. 91 min. DVD 4370

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Holden, Stephen. "A New Look at the Horrors in Rwanda." New York Times, 11/12/2010, p11, 0p UC users only
Smith, Debbie James. "Big-eyed, wide-eyed, sad-eyed children: Constructing the humanitarian space in social justice documentaries." Studies in Documentary Film, 2009, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p159-175, 17p UC users only
Torchin, Leshu. "Shake Hands with the Devil." Cineaste, Winter2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p88-88, 1/6p UC users only
Williams, Aby. "Shake Hands with the Devil" Journal of Religion & Film, Apr2005, Vol. 9 Issue 1, pN.PAG, 0p UC users only
Wrathall, John. "Shake Hands with the Devil The Journey of Roméo Dallaire." Sight & Sound, Oct2005, Vol. 15 Issue 10, p90-90

Through My Eyes, A Film About Rwandan Youth
Film follows the youth of Rwanda in 2004, who use the arts to help move the country forward ten years after the genocide. By expressing themselves through dance, poetry, music and painting, the teens many of whom lost parents and family members during the conflict, are able to deal with the emotional and physical trauma they endured. Editor/director, Kavila Matu. 2004. 44 min. DVD 6180

The Triumph of Evil.
Eight hundred thousand Tutsis were slaughtered by the Hutu majority in Rwanda. As the U.N.'s Genocide Convention--created to make sure genocide would never happen again--marks its 50th anniversary, Frontline examines the role of Britain, France, the U.S. and the U.N. as they ignored the warnings and evidence of impending massacre. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline. c1999. 60 min. DVD X620 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6394

Youth Interrupted
Addresses the need for justice and rehabilitation for juvenile participants in the Rwandan genocide through interviews with child soldiers and men who as children were forced to fight in the conflict. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. 2001. 6 min. DVD 3240

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Senegal

Africa Dreaming.
Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta. Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming. In Sophia's Homecoming (Namibia) a woman who has worked as a domestic returns home to a terrible discovery: the ruptures caused by apartheid can never be repaired. In Sabriya (Tunisia) a modern woman disrupts the patterned mosaic of male Maghrebi society. So Be It (Senegal), based on a play by Wole Soyinka, follows the destruction of a well intentioned foreign doctor confronting fear, rage and powerlessness in a remote Senegalese village. The Gaze of the Stars (Mozambique) is a story about machismo in Mozambique, so powerful that it drives away whatever it loves. 1997. 112 min. Video/C 5400

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African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
Documents the role of Hip Hop in the 2007 Senegalese elections. The film follows rappers, graffiti writers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. Examines hip-hop's role on the political process as music and spray cans were used to educate and empower the people. Directors, Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, and Christopher Moore. c2007. 70 min. DVD X763

Against the Tide of History: Landmines in the Casamance
Landmines continue to kill and maime civilians in Senegal while authorities disregard their obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty to provide assistance to victims. Since 1982, a civil war has been raging in Casamance, Senegal which has made Casamance the most mine-ridden zone in West Africa. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2004. 27 min. DVD 3248

And What if Latif was Right! (Et si Latif avait raison!)
"This is treason! You know what would happen to you in another African country. You're lucky I'm a democrat," is how President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal cuts down on TV a simple rational proposition for solving a regional crisis. In this razor-sharp analysis of Senegal's perverted democracy, Joseph Gaie Ramaka shows us how unlucky the Senegalese feel to have Wade as "a democrat." The film is based on journalist Abdoulatif's Coulibaly's denunciation of Wade's scandalously unmet promises for democratic change and pays homage to the victims of his regime. A film by Joseph Gai Ramaka. 2006. 120 min. DVD 6778

Destination: Senegal
Describes daily life in Senegal as experienced by Peace Corps volunteers who live and work there. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 5864

Djabote.
A spellbinding film of an Eric Serra audio recording session of Senegalese master-drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose with his drum orchestra and singers on the Island of Goree, off the coast of Dakar. 1993. 43 min. Video/C 4338

Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts = Women with Open Eyes(Library of African Cinema).
Profiles contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance. 1994. 52 min. Video/C 3728

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Living Africa: A Village Experience.
Portrays the daily experiences and concerns of the people of Wassetake, a small village on the Senegal River in West Africa, emphasizing changes taking place within and outside the community. 1984. 35 min. Video/C 728

Names Live Nowhere (Les noms n'habitent nulle part)
This film (whose title is a Senegalese proverb) looks at experiences of Senegalese living in Brussels, with commentary on African expatriates by a griot. A film by Dominique Loreau. Dist.: ArtMattan. c1994. 76 min. Video/C 9657

Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen
Directed, written and edited by Trinh T. Minh-ha. Experimental documentary film centered upon the daily activities of Senegalese village women. 1982. 40 min. DVD 8992; vhs Video/C 3092

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Refuge?: The Social and Economic Condition of Refugees in Senegal
Explores the issue of Mauritanian, Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugee rights in Senegal. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2000. 9 min. DVD 3238

Selbe: One Among Many.
Due to economic constraints, women in Senegal are often left with the sole responsibility of raising their families. Depiction of one such woman's struggles under these trying circumstances. A film by Safi Faye. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 3349

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Seni's Children.
Seni Camara lives in the Senegalese village of Bignona. While potters in her village make only useful bowls and pots Seni shocks everyone by creating clay sculptures of bizarre magnificent creatures -- her "children." A film by Philip Haas. Dist.: Milestone Film and Video. 1990. 55 min. Video/C MM516

This Magnificent African Cake (Africa series).
Traces the major developments of African history between the 1800's and 1945. Looks at the different ways colonial rule was established and the emergence of nationalist movements, focusing on Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mozambique. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM454

Warrior Marks.
A film by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. A poetic and political film about female genital mutilation. Includes interviews with women from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, the United States, and England. 1993. 54 min. DVD X6685; Video/C 3348

Women Make Movies catalog description

Walker, Alice. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women / Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1st ed. New York: Harcourt Brace, c1993.(UCB Bancroft GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Grad Svcs XMAC.W18.W37 Modern Authors Collection; UCB Main GN484 .W35 1993; UCB Moffitt GN484 .W35 1993)

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Grewal, Inderpal Kaplan, Caren. "Warrior Marks: Global Womanism's Neo-Colonial Discourse in a Multicultural Context." Camera Obscura 5-11, September 1996
Hamilton, Amy. "Warrior Marks." (includes related articles) off our backs v23, n11 (Dec, 1993):2 (5 pages).
James, Stanlie M. "Shades of Othering: Reflections on Female Circumcision/Genital Mutilation." Signs, Summer 1998 v23 i4 p1031(1) UC users only
Minor, Diane. "Warrior Marks: Joyous Resistance at Walker Film Debut." (documentary film by Alice Walker) National N O W Times v26, n2 (Jan, 1994):7.
Simonds, Cylena. "Missing the Mark." (female mutilation in movie 'Warrior Marks') Afterimage v21, n8 (March, 1994):3.

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Sierra Leone

Bling
Documentary that takes a satirical, hard-hitting look at how "blinging" in the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone. Film takes U.S. hip-hop celebrities on a journey to Sierra Leone diamond mining communities where they meet former child soldiers, refugees and local hip-hop artists. Featuring: Tego Calderón, Raekwon, Paul Wall, Ishmael Beah, Johnny Dang, Jadakiss, Bishop Don Juan, Big Daddy Kane, Juelz Santana, Bill Stephney, Kanye West, Kareem Woods. Written and directed by Raquel Cepeda. Originally broadcast on VH1 in 2007. 87 min. DVD X1620

Cry Freetown
Award-winning cameraman Sorious Samura returns to Sierra Leone to expose the horror of his country's civil war. In January 1999, the rebel forces attacked Freetown, the capital, killing thousands of civilians. Despite journalists being threatened with death, Samura filmed on the streets of the city throughout capturing extraordinary and disturbing footage of innocent victims of a civil war largely ignored by the West. Producer and director, Ron McCullagh. 2000. 28 min. Video/C 8327

The Diamond Life.
The Revolutionary United Front's attack on Freetown in January of 1999 was the culmination of a decade-long struggle between the RUF and the government of Sierra Leone. The rebel forces, bolstered by the former Sierra Leonean Army, which had turned on the government, swept into the city, killing, mutilating, and raping thousands in the continuing war over the control of the country's rich diamond fields. Since 1990, half the country's population of five million has been displaced. Today, Sierra Leone produces more refugees than any other country in Africa. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2000. 7 min. DVD 3236

The Empire in Africa
The rebels who started the civil war in Sierra Leone 15 years ago wanted only one thing: to reclaim the richness of the country from foreign corporations in order to end the exploitation of its people. In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country, with bombs, executions, torture, rigged elections and manipulation of the international media. This created one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century. Producer/director, Philippe Diaz. 2006. 87 min. DVD 7852

Ezra
Tells the story of Ezra, a young boy kidnapped and forced to become a soldier with a rebel faction in the Sierra Leone Civil War. Ten years later, he is brought before a truth and reconciliation commission and made to revisit and understand his crimes so as to begin the process of psychological healing. Director: Newton Aduaka. 2007. 105 min. DVD 9205

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Family Across the Sea.
Film examines how scholars have uncovered the remarkable connections between the Gullah people of South Carolina and the people of Sierra Leone and how the Gullahs incorporated many aspects of African culture including the language into the daily life of the plantations. Film concludes with a delegation of Gullah people traveling from the United States to Sierra Leone to trace the roots of their heritage. 1991. 56 min. Video/C 3782

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The Language You Cry In: [The Story of a Mende Song]. (Library of African Cinema.)
The film tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans retained links with their African past through a song, a burial hymn of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast more than two hundred years ago. In English and Mende with English subtitles. Producer/Directors: Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano. 1999. 53 min. Video/C 6295

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The Mende (Disappearing World).
Documentary on the life and customs of the Mende, West African people of the rain forests of southern Sierra Leone and adjacent parts of Liberia. 1991. 51 min. Video/C 3431

Nightmare in Paradise: The Story Behind a Military Coup
Chronicles the recent political history of Sierra Leone, a small West African nation, rich in natural resources, which has been plagued by politically corrupt governments since its establishment as a republic in 1971. Following the 1992 overthrow of the dictatorial regime of Joseph Saidu Momoh, African journalist Hilton Fyle returned to his native country to interview a cross-section of Sierra Leoneans who comment on current conditions and recount the numerous abuses of Momoh's one-party state. Dist. Cinema Guild. c1992. 98 min. Video/C 8307

Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leon
Documentary about the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon in the Sierra Leone civil war. The story is told through the eyes of survivors: women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2001. 46 min. DVD 3237

Returning Dreams. (Life; 4)
Fourteen-year old Jemoh has been living in a refugee camp in Sierra Leone for three years. This program follows her on her return journey home to Liberia, and the mixed picture she finds there. Jemoh is just one of millions of children caught up in the world's conflicts. Some are forced to fight and kill; others are used as slaves and "wives." Those that do survive are left brutalized and traumatized. How, this program asks, can these children be rehabilitated who have gone through such experiences? Directed by Emily Marlow. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3976

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Witness to Truth: A Video Report and Recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone
Documentary about the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon in the Sierra Leone civil war. The story is told through the eyes of survivors: women and girls, as well as the child soldiers and perpetrators. A production of the Witness Project which uses video technology to investigate human rights abuses. Dist.: Witness Project. 2004. 55 min. DVD 3252
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Somalia

Africa: The Uncovered Continent. Part 1
The first segment examines the wisdom and consequences of American and United Nations humanitarian intervention in Somalia. In the second segment the economic and social decay and poverty in Zaire are examined through the eyes of Zairian human rights advocate Floribert Chebeya. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 11, 1993. 27 min. Video/C 6687<

Ambush in Mogadishu
An investigation of what went wrong with the peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. On Oct. 3, 1993, elite units of the U.S. Army's Rangers and Delta Force were pinned down on the streets of Mogadishu by forces of Somali warlord, Mohammed Farah Aidid. Eighteen American soldiers died and seventy-five were wounded. The incident caused the U.S. to rethink its response to the world's humanitarian crises. Includes new charges that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network trained and supported the Somali fighters responsible for the attack. Originally produced for television broadcast as a segment of the series Frontline. Dist.: PBS. c2001. 60 min. Video/C 9049

Rain in a Dry Land
Presents the story of two Somali Bantu families, refugees from the 1991 civil war in Somalia, who find new homes in urban America. The film begins as the families prepare to leave the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and follows them for the first two years of their new life in the United States. Written, produced and directed by Anne Makepeace. 2006. 82 min. DVD X893

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Somalia: A State of Need
After years of conflict and isolation, Somalia finds itself once more on the brink. Much of the country is now under the control of the Union of Islamic Courts, but will Somalia's new administration bring security and development or set it on the path to regional conflict? 2006. 19 min. DVD X917

Talk Mogadishu: Media Under Fire
Documents the operation of the independent, non-partisan radio and television station, HornAfrik, in the Somali capitol of Mogadishu. The station's very popular talk shows allow marginalized groups, such as human rights advocates and women's groups, to speak out and be heard. HornAfrik is sometimes attacked by warlords angered by the show's content and the station requires armed guards 24 hours a day. Directed by Judy Jackson. 2003. 50 min. DVD 3775

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An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train. (Life, Part 4)
A group of health professionals spends nine months or each year touring the poorest and most remote areas of South Africa by rail. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the "good clean health train" delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7764

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African Jim.
Made on the eve of apartheid's inception, this is the first full length feature film made in South Africa with an all native African cast. Featuring top African singers and music of the 1950's, this is a unique record of a lost era. 1995. 51 min. Video/C 4008

The African National Congress and the Future of South Africa.
A conversation on South African politics and the A.N.C. between Pallo Jordan, Executive Committee, A.N.C. and Robert Price, professor of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley. Recorded May 2, 1988. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 1323

The ANC: A Time for Candor
A critical look at the philosophy, leaders, and activities of the African National Congress making the case that the ANC encourages violence, is a "peddler of the Soviet slant" and a communist organization. Examines links between the ANC and the United Democratic Front (UNF). [198-?] 29 min. Video/C 8087

Alan Paton's Beloved Country
Alan Paton -- teacher, author, politician -- was one of South Africa's most remarkable sons. This documentary reveals the man and the complex relationship he had with his country. Repelled by the racism he saw in the homeland he loved, his Christian conscience propelled him into the world of political action. He wrote Cry the Beloved Country, the novel that had the most profound impact in the world-wide struggle against apartheid. This documentary relates the author to his work and includes Paton reading extracts from his novel. [1999?] 54 min. Video/C 7677

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritural dimension named for the Xhosa word for "power". An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph. Featuring Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu. Special features: Q & A with director, producer and Vusi, Vusi at Joe's pub, director and producer commentary, Dave Matthews interview, deleted scenes, sing-a-long, Amandla! production notes, theatrical trailer, and trailer gallery. 2002. 103 min. DVD 8466

Asinamali!.
This play, commissioned by the BBC, is written, directed, and acted by "The Committee Artists", a South African performing group. Five prisoners in a South African jail recall--through word, song, and dance--the events which have brought them there. "Asinamali" means we have no money. The men portrayed in "Asinamali" have been victimized by the laws, police brutality, unemployment, and humiliation of apartheid. Based on the play by Mbongeni Ngema. 1995. 66 min. Video/C 4012

At Home and Abroad: The Two Faces of Jan Smuts
Examines the life of Jan Smuts, Afrikaner and prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919-1924 and 1939-1948. He was hailed in Europe as a peacemaker, but in South Africa he missed the opportunity to push for a more inclusive racial vision that could have saved the nation from years of turmoil and suffering. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X234

Belonging.(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 3)
Directed by Minky Schlesinger and Khetiwe Ngcobo. Born into exile as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now ten years later, Kethiwe, a hip, young woman with a British accent finds herself struggling to find her place in the new South Africa. Hoping to reconcile the warring strands of her identity, Khetiwe seeks healing in her Zulu traditions. At the same time, her sister refuses to participate in any ceremonies as meaningless rituals. Khetiwe is not alone in her journey to find belonging. The country is also in the process of finding itself. This is a personal and honest look at one person's quest for identity. 2004. 52 min. DVD 5265

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Biko: Breaking the Silence.
Presents the story of Stephen Biko. Parts of the motion picture, Cry Freedom are shown. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 1236

Bishop Tutu at the Greek Theater.
Bishop Tutu's speech and program at the Greek Theater, May 13, 1985. 1985. 59 min. Video/C 770

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Bopha! = Arrest!
Portrayal of the play, Bopha!, which depicts South Africa's dreaded black police force, the tool of apartheid. Through the play the audience sees the reality and effects of South Africa's apartheid. Includes additional live footage of the black force in action. A classic of the South African township theatre movement of the 1980's. The Earth Players production of Percy Mtwa's Bopha! was produced at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa. 1995. 59 min. Video/C 4006

Breaking the Cycle. (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 2.)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Examines the issue of domestic violence were we meet abusers and victims working to break the vicious cycle in South Africa's Alexandra Township. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5345

Building a Nation
A presentation of the history of Afrikanerdom according to Afrikaner Nationalists. It traces the arrival of the Dutch in southern Africa, through the Great Trek and the defeat of the Zulu nation at the Battle of Blood River, the founding of the independent republics, the Anglo-Boer War, to the establishment of the Union of South Africa. As an expression of Afrikaner chauvinism, this epic was for several decades used as a propaganda tool by the architects of apartheid to support their racist ideology. Originally produced in 1938. 120 min. Video/C 9464

Celebration of Human Rights: With Bishop Desmond Tutu, Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy, Senator Alan Cranston, Reverend Cecil Williams, Lia Belli. U.C. Davis, May 14, 1985. 1985. DVD 9604; vhs Video/C 771

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Changing This Country: The Testimony of Four South African Workers.
A narrative of the life and political activism of four workers in Port Elizabeth, a heavily industrialized city on the southern coast of South Africa , in 1987. Subtitles when a speaker uses a language other than English. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 1265

Children of Apartheid.
Walter Cronkite hosts this piece filmed in 1987 about young people in South Africa. Interviews with black and white youth, including Zindzi Mandela and Roxanne Botha, daughters of Nelson Mandela and President P.W. Botha. A look at the country's troubled present and at those who will shape its future. 1987. 49 min. Video/C 1263

Cinderella of the Cape Flats(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 2)
Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture. A film by Jane Kennedy. 2004. 58 min. DVD 5264

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Come Back Africa
A documentary-style film which tells the story of Zacariah, a Zulu, who must go to work in the gold mines near Johannesburg after having been forced off his land by the government. Featuring Miriam Makeba; Vinah Makeba; Zachria Makeba; Molly Parkin. Directed by Lionel Rogosin. 1959. 82 min. DVD X4117; vhs Video/C 4009

A Constitution Worth Fighting For.
A discussion of the need to draft a constitution for South Africa that will protect the rights of every citizen and provide the framework for good government. Sponsored as a public service by The Free Market Foundation with the support of The Center for International Private Enterprise. (M-PAL format) 1996. 16 min. Video/C 4551

Corridors of Freedom.
Focuses on economic interdependence and collective self reliance of the Southern African states in the framework of the Southern African development coordination. 1987. 51 min. Video/C 1047

The Cost of Living. (Life, Part 14)
This program examines why AIDS drugs are unaffordable in developing countries, using as examples Thailand and South Africa, two countries who have applied to use compulsory licenses and parallel importing -- practices agreed under World Trade Organization guidelines -- to make their own generic versions of anti-retroviral drugs to halt the AIDS epidemic in their countries. It also asks why anti-retroviral drugs still aren't included in the WTO's essential drugs lists. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7774

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Cry of Reason, Bayers Naude: An Afrikaner Speaks Out.
Focuses on South Africa and race relations. 1988. 57 min. Video/C 1261

Cuba/South Africa After the Battle.
In 1975, the first Cuban soldiers went to Angola to help defend that newly independent government from invasion by South African troops. After nearly 14 years of bitter conflict, the Angolan War ended, Namibia was established as an independent state, and Cuban and South African troops have returned home. This documentary examines the politics of the war from both sides and features remarkable combat footage, archival material and interviews with Cuban and South African soldiers. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 5224

Darling!: the Pieter-Dirk Uys Story
Controversial South African political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys allows young writer/director Julian Shaw into his previously off-limits inner world. The result is a startling document of Pieter's work, which involves travelling around South African schools with his self-funded AIDS Awareness Entertainment, educating children about their country's greatest threat, HIV/AIDS. Directed by Julian Shaw. 2008. 54 min. DVD X4986

The Debt of Dictators
Exposes the irresponsible lending to brutal dictators by multinational financial institutions. Revealing the widespread impoverishment resulting from these debts, the film transports viewers to Argentina, South Africa, and the Philippines, where essential services have been sacrificed in order to repay these illegitimate loans. In each of the cases, the government pays more in servicing the foreign debts than it does on all essential social services combined. Makes a compelling case for the forgiveness of foreign loans accrued by some of history's worst dictators, debts that exacerbate the suffering of the victims of the dictators and the institutions that profited from their rule. Argentina (10 min.) -- South Africa (18 min.) -- The Philippines (17 min.). Written, directed and produced by Erling Borgen.c2005. 45 min. DVD 8252

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Destructive Engagement.
Shows how the civil war in South Africa affects the neighboring countries of Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, in billions of dollars of damage to buildings and in terms of human pain and suffering of these countries' populations. 1987. 52 min. Video/C 1262

Facing the Truth
Bill Moyers, host. The years 1960 through 1994 were a time of terror in South Africa. With the destruction of the yoke of apartheid in 1994, South Africa had to come to terms with its oppressive past: recrimination or punishment, or forgiveness? This compelling program describes the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate human rights violations and to help South Africa in its process of reinvention. Originally aired as television program on Thirteen/WNET as a production of Public Affairs television, March 30, 1999. 120 min. DVD X7103

Fruits of Defiance.
Focuses on events in the 1989 defiance campaign from the perspective of people living in the Mannenberg area, on the Cape Flats. The film was shot over a month in August and September 1988. 1990. 46 min. Video/C 2959

Generations of Resistance.
Uses archival photographs, newsreel footage, and interviews to chronicle the quest by black South Africans for economic viability and individual freedom. 1980. 52 min. Video/C 934

Girls Apart
A documentary on South Africa. Shows the very separate lives of two 16 year old girls: one black, living in Soweto, one white, living in suburban Johannesburg. Their homes, churches, families, and schools are shown, and their very different attitudes toward their country and their lives are presented. Directors: Claude Sauvageot, Chris Sheppard. 1988. 40 min. Video/C 934

Gumboots
Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave laborers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form unrivaled in its energy and physicality, which celebrates the body as a musical instrument while highlighting South Africa's rich culture. Contents: Nelson Mandela Paulina -- Ta la li la le -- Joburg -- Shosholoza -- Egoli, City of Gold -- Joburg (instrumental) -- Sibiziwe -- Amazinyo Amphlophe -- Amazinyo Amhlophe -- Who's foolin who? I'm yoo sexy -- Mabele -- Bump jive -- Uqhuba Isisu -- Dronkie -- Train -- Omm ohh ho la la -- Hiyo! hiyo! -- Ukuvalwa kwe mine -- Asikhathali -- Ma-Gumede. Performers: Vincent Ncabashe, Thami Nkwanyana, Nicholas Nene, Themba Short. Choregraphy by Rishile Gumboot Dancers of Soweto and Zenzi Mbuli. 2000. 80 min. Video/C 8295

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West
This film looks at the relationship between the United States and South Africa during the 1980s. Shows how a nation-wide campaign of civil disobedience, campus protest and finally legislative action, spearheaded by African American leaders spawned by the Civil Rights Movement, reversed American foreign policy toward South Africa in the face of the most right wing administration in our history. The film provides an inspiring civics lesson in how a grassroots movement can place an issue onto the national agenda, force its coverage by the mainstream media and eventually triumph over the most powerful and entrenched institutions in our society – corporations, the universities and even the federal government. Producer-director, Connie Field. 2006. 90 min. DVD 9365

Have You Seen Drum Recently?
A unique social documentary capturing the scope of black South African life in the fifties and the impact of apartheid on their lives. Includes original fifties music and dance...big band, jazz, swing, kwela, penny whistle. 1990. 77 min, PAL format Video/C 3202

Hearing on U.C. Divestment.
April 24, 1985, Harmon Gym, U.C. Berkeley Campus. 1985. Video/C 769

Hlanganani: A Short History of COSATU.
This is a short history of South Africa's largest union federation. This film is historic in that it was the first program made by the democratic movement to be shown by SABC TV. It was screened on 23 July 1991- two days before COSATU's fourth National Congress. 1991. 60 min. PAL format Video/C 3203

Hopes on the Horizon
Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women's rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education. 2001. 115 min. Video/C 7855

Hot Wax (Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 1)
Ivy is a big, bubbly black woman who managed to run her own beauty salon surreptitiously during the dark days of apartheid. She lives in Alexandra, a restless and poor township, while her white, mostly elderly, clients live in the tree-lined suburbs of Johannesburg. In her salon she is part beautician, long-time friend, lay counselor and honest commentator to her customers. While she masks her clients' imperfections, she also peels away layers of difference separating the races. It can be easily pointed out that Ivy essentially enjoys the intimacy of a domestic servant, while her white clients maintain their economic privileges and know little about Ivy's private world. But since apartheid's end, Ivy owns her own shop and now meets her clients on an equal footing. A film by Andy Spitz. 2004. 49 min. DVD 5263

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I Talk About Me, I Am Africa.
Filmed in the black areas of South Africa. Provides a look at the response of black culture to the system of apartheid through performances in a variety of theatrical forms. 1980. 54 min. Video/C 779

In a Time of Violence.
A story concerning changing values, violent cultural and political clashes and conflict among black families in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1993. 151 min. Video 999:1153

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In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid.
Turns the lens on filmmakers and the South African society they so often misrepresented. Films generally supported the ethos of racial domination that led to apartheid and it was only after Africans insisted on being heard that they began to be portrayed on-screen as more than mere adjuncts of whites. Includes newsreel footage of violence in South Africa and interviews with producers, directors, screenwriters, authors and actors who expound upon films they have been instrumental in producing which explored the conditions of black South Africans. 2 videocassettes, 1993. 108 min. DVD X1331 [preservation copy]; Video/C 4010

Ellis, Cassandra. "In Darkest Hollywood." (motion picture) (movie reviews)Cineaste v21, n1-2 (Wntr-Spring, 1995):87 (2 pages).

Ipi Ntombi: an African Dance Celebration
A remake of a South African stage musical originally created by mother/daughter team Bertha Egnos and Gail Lakier titled "Ipi tombi," which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974 and then played all over the world for the next six years. Now 20 years later, this new updated version which includes some direct descendants of the original cast members, dance the story of the Johannesburg mine worker who sings of his love for the girl back home and his sense of separation from his tribal roots. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 6649

Johannesburg: One City, Colliding Worlds
In this lecture, Lindsay Bremner, Chair of Architecture at the University of the Witwaterstrand, South Africa, comments on her recent book which examines the rapid social transformations taking place in Johannesburg, by exploring the new identities and bonds forming in the midst of spatial enclosures in the city. CED architecture lecture series This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on February 9, 2005. 40 min. Video/C MM633

[Kentridge, William] William Kentridge & Handspring Puppet Company
Woyzeck in Johannesburg (disc title: Woyzeck on the highveld) -- Faustus in Africa -- Ubu and the Truth Commission -- Confessions of Zeno. Writers, Jane Taylor, Kevin Nolans, William Kentridge ; puppet maker, Adrian Kohler ; music Kevin Volans. Internationally renowned, the Handspring Puppet Company has been in the forefront of adult puppeteering since 1985. Based in South Africa they continue to expore the boundaries of adult puppet theater within an African context. This film which explores the collaboration between artist William Kentridge and the Company presents excerpts from four productions, featuring life-size puppets, animation, live actors and documentary footage. 2003. 60 min. DVD 9248

[Kentridge, William] William Kentridge, Artist: The End of the Beginning.
A documentary on the work of South African artist William Kentridge, whose animated drawings largely depict the social forces of his native Johannesburg. Since the 1970s Kentridge has investigated the diseased, amnesiac consciousness of late- and post-apartheid South Africa and its history. He reflects on these issues and how traveling abroad has influenced his images. Provides insight into the artist's creative process, his charcoal drawing filmmaking techniques and includes excerpts from his films. Produced and directed by Beata Lipman. 1994. 29 min. Video/C MM340

The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife.
Documentary about the neo-Nazi society AWB (Afrikaner-Weerstandsbeweging), a white supremacist movement that existed in South Africa just before the end of apartheid. Focuses on interviews with the leader Eugene Terreblanche and various individuals in his entourage. We see the leader's hatred and racial nationalism exposed in the raw. A film by Nick Broomfield. 1991. 84 min. DVD 5339

Learning About Livelihoods: Insights From Southern Africa: Film Case Studies
Case studies of individual households in South Africa. Floods: Looks at responses and resiliency of families devastated by floods that hit Southern Mozambique in 2000. Moving on: Examines a Zimbabwean community as it battles environmental degradation and seeks to conserve an endangered water source. Home-making: A study of a minework's family in Lesotho asking who's labor sustains the home: that of the husband, the wife or the domestic worker? Pruned: An influx of foreign outlets and insecure land tenure, spells poverty for former Zambian copperbelt mineworkers. How secure is one family's alternatives; trading, farming and community networks? Legacies: Looks at youth in KwaZulu-Natal province, who inherit a long history of violent conflict, land dispossession, shrinking economic options and the highest HIV infection rate in the country. Commissioned by Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, University of Cape Town, filmed with with assistance of ANSA.Funded by Department for International Development of the British Government (D.F.I.D.) Oxfam GB, Southern Africa. 97 min. Video/C 9564

The Life and times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus"
A documentary film on the life of a Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality. A Film by Zola Maseko. c1998. 52 min. Video/C 6374

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The Life of Kevin Carter
Looks at the life of white South African photojournalist Kevin Carter who found his calling documenting conditions in the war-ravaged black townships when apartheid was coming to a violent close. Colleagues and friends look at his extraordinary commitment to get the picture at any cost. He was rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize followed only weeks later by his tragic death, the consequence of his burden of documenting the world's despair. A film by Dan Krauss. Graduate School of Journalism, UCB. 2005. 27 min. Video/C MM1293

Long Night's Journey Into Day
Follows four cases over a two-year period that were brought before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigates the crimes of apartheid, by bringing together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. In so doing South Africa is showing the rest of the world that even the most bitter conflicts can be addressed through honesty and communication, providing the most definitive record of one of the most ambitious and innovative attempts at social reconciliation without precedent in human history. Directors, Frances Reid & Deborah Hoffmann. c2000. 95 min. DVD 4336; Video/C 7233

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[Nelson] Mandela Inauguration
Coverage of the Presidential inauguration in Pretoria, S.A. of the first multi-racial democratically elected candidates in South African history. The candidates are sworn in by the Chief Justice, and Bishop Tutu gives the benediction. President Mandela's acceptance speech emphasizes reconciliation and renewal. Licensed off-the-air recording made on 05/10/94 from a broadcast by C-SPAN. 83 min. Video/C MM436

Mandela
The story of Nelson Mandela, the leader of black South Africa, and his wife Winnie, who have carried on their fight for freedom and human dignity since his imprisonment more than twenty years ago. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 939

Mandela, Nelson: Oakland, 6/30/90
Filmed off-air from an Eyewitness News (Channel 5) live coverage of Nelson Mandela's speech in the Oakland Coliseum. 1990. Approx. 60 min. Video/C 1309

[Mandela, Winnie] Interview with Winnie Mandela and Nthato Motlana
An interview with South African politician Winnie Mandela and Nthato Motlana, a South African physician, concerning the divestment movement by the faculty and students of the University of California, Berkeley in protest against apartheid in South Africa. Filmed in Johannesburg, July 9, 1986. 9 min. DVD X268

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My Mother Built This House
There are four million homeless people in South Africa who live in shacks in slums or squatter settlements. Government programs are building houses for these homeless, but it is a slow process. This program looks at the difference the South African Homeless People's Federation is making. The federation members, most of whom are women, save up money to add to their government grants, allowing them to build larger houses, helping women and their families live in a home of their own. Video/C 8936

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Nabantwa Bam' With my children: A Family Portrait(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 5)
This film is a fascinating case study of the emergence of social classes within the same Black South African family. Two brothers live with their successful and ambitious mother, a market researcher, in a comfortable, middle class Soweto home. The older brother Nhlanhla has suffered a head injury which may be debilitating and has had no time to receive an education that would let him take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new South Africa. Street-wise instead, he spends his time hanging out with his home boys and his dog. His younger brother, Miles, is a 'born free,' the first black student at his all white school and now a programmer with a promising career at Microsoft. Though fond of his brother, his life is in complete contrast to Nhlanhla's. Miles has very clear goals and deadlines for himself; his strong motivation shows what a difference it makes to know that there is no ceiling on one's ambitions. Written and directed by Victor Khulile Nxumalo. 2004. 41 min. DVD 5267

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[Nelson] Mandela: Special Report.
Program is not complete. Filmed off-air by the Office of Media Services, UC Berkeley, February 12,1990. DVD 9111 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1700

[Nelson] Mandela: Nightline in South Africa. Nelson Mandela: Wednesday, February 7, 1990 & Monday, February 12, 1990
Two broadcasts originating from South Africa. The first presents the phenomenon of Nelson Mandela and the contrast between ABC News' last visit in 1985 and the present visit in 1990. The second records Nelson Mandela's first full day of freedom after his release from prison. Both segments examine his influence on South Africa through interviews with African politicians, political prisoners, journalists, Mandela's attorney and his wife, Winnie Mandela. 1990. 66 min. Video/C 5763

[Nelson] Mandela's Speech to Congress, June 1990.
1990. Approx. 60 min. Video/C 1684

Nightline in South Africa. Nelson Mandela: Wednesday, February 7, 1990 & Monday, February 12, 1990 / ABC News.
Two broadcasts originating from South Africa. The first presents the phenomenon of Nelson Mandela and the contrast between ABC News' last visit in 1985 and the present visit in 1990. The second records Nelson Mandela's first full day of freedom after his release from prison. Both segments examine his influence on South Africa through interviews with African politicians, political prisoners, journalists, Mandela's attorney and his wife, Winnie Mandela. 1990. 66 min. Video/C 5763

Not My Child: AIDS in South Africa
Presents segments from the 13th Annual International Conference on AIDS in Durban and accounts by people of South Africa with HIV/AIDS and the role of traditional healers. 1998. 7 min. Video/C 7880

On Tiptoe: The Music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Library of African Cinema)
Tells the inspiring story of the group that introduced South African music to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The film recounts how a music affirming its deeply traditional roots has been passed down and popularized under the most hostile circumstances. With its origins in the oppression of the apartheid years, Zulu men driven from their land to jobs in cities and mines, eager to maintain contact with their homeland, invented a kind of singing and dancing descended from traditional Zulu "stomping." They added influences from American popular music -- vaudeville, rag time, gospel and rock 'n roll to invent a unique musical form of resistance. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8260

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Patient Abuse: TAC's Struggle for Treatment Access
Presents the early missteps by the South African government health officials concerning AIDS through archival footage and reprints from the newspaper AIDS Times. Film follows the controversial statements made by current President Thabo Mbeki which advance doubts that HIV is the cause of AIDS. It also looks at the work of the organizations South Africa United Against AIDS and the Treatment Action Campaign which challenges pharmaceutical companies for charging high prices for AIDS drugs. 2001. 59 min. Video/C 8726

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Prime time South Africa: A Selection of Post-Apartheid Television Programs
Aired by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Dramas, comedies, game shows and commercials were chosen to demonstrate the variety of ways South African media is now portraying its new, post-apartheid society. Includes episodes from 5 series: Soul City deals with AIDS in a clinic in a South African township. Local Voter is a game show presenting voter education. The Rhythm and Rights series explores political issues from women's rights to unemployment through a fictional community radio station. Generations is a primetime drama set in a Black-owned advertising agency while Going Up is a situation comedy set in a multiracial law firm. 1997. 110 min. Video/C 5399

Promised Land
Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. The most potentially explosive issue is land. This film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa's "ticking time bomb," with far-reaching consequences for all sides. Promised Land captures multiple perspectives of citizens struggling to create just solutions. Directed and produced by Yoruba Richen. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2010. 53 min. DVD X4589

The Return of of Sara Baartman.
Chronicles the return of the remains of Sara Baartman, a Black woman who had been exhibited as a freak in early nineteenth-century Europe. Her remains were returned to South Africa from France, where they had been kept at the Museum of Man (Musee L'Homme). On April 29, 2002, Sara's remains were officially handed back to the South African people at an emotionally charged ceremony at the country's Embassy in Paris and, on August 9 (National Women's Day), she was ceremonially buried on the banks of the Gamtoos River. Produced and directed by Zola Maseko 2002. 52 min. DVD X3426; Video/C MM400

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Rewind: Based on Rewind, a Cntata for Voice, Tape and Testimony
In 2006 South African composer, Philip Miller, created a cantata to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Liza Key's documentary, Rewind is a bricolage of interviews, news archive and extracts from the Market Theatre performance of REwind: A Cantata for Voice Tape and Testimony .... Rewind is an original and devastating expose of injustice under apartheid. Soloists, Sibongile Khumalo, Kimmy Skota, Arthur Swan, Kaiser Nkosi ; choir, Gauteng Choristers. Conceived and composed by Philip Miller; produced by Philip Key ; directed by Liza Key . 52 min. DVD X2498

RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope
Using never before seen archival footage and interviews in South Africa and the United States, filmmakers tell the unknown story of Robert Kennedy's 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid. The film evokes the connections between the American Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa. The filmmakers find witness to this special moment in time through the sights and sounds of present day South Africa. Directors, Tami Gold, Larry Shore. 2010. 56 min. DVD X7216

Rhodes (Life & Legend of Cecil Rhodes).
A biography of Cecil Rhodes who arrived in Africa at the age of eighteen to join the diamond rush but soon conceived another ambition: to bring the entire land under British rule. By the time he was thirty, Rhodes was one of the wealthiest men in the world and ten years later, a new country had been created and named for him, Rhodesia. A candid vision of the birth of apartheid, and the bitter wars that divided a country and devastated its people. Originally produced for PBS television in 1996. 1997. 336 min. Video/C 5519

Rhodesian Civil War Newsreels, 1970-1978
[Pt. 1] Graduation -- District Commissioner -- Police working a civil war -- Rhodesian Army commercial -- Army briefing -- Roadbuilding in a country at war -- Clearing road mines -- Selous Scouts -- Aftermath of guerrilla attack on village -- Dead guerrillas displayed to villagers -- Black soldier's funeral -- white soldier's funeral (30 min). -- [Pt.2] Rhodesian Civil War, 1963-1978 (Documentary report, 1976, 14 min.).

Beginning in the 1960s, black guerrillas fought against white settler rule in the British colony of Rhodesia. This was a brutal war, in which the black civilian population suffered severely, a war which spilled over into neighboring countries. These government newsreels from that period present a view of the war from the white perspective. Video/C 9340

Rhythm of Resistance.
Features South African music that has been ignored, suppressed or ghettoized, some filmed clandestinely. Featured performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malombo, Johnny Clegg/Shipho Mchunu of Juluka, The Mahotella Queens, Abafana Baseqhudeni and others. 1988. 47 min. DVD 980; also VHS Video/C 1583

The Rise of Nationalism (Africa series).
Follows the course of the major independence struggles beginning with the situation in the Gold Coast and concluding with the fight for majority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 2490

Robben Island: Our University.
Story of three people who meet to share their experience after serving prison terms in Robben Island, the maximum security prison in South Africa. Lindy Wilson, producer and director. 1988. 53 min. Video/C 1434

S.A.: Between Confession and Prosecution(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 9)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film follows former policeman, Wouter Mentz, who has applied to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission for amnesty for the part he played in 21 politically motivated murders. Can the truth heal his wounds and those of his victims? We witness his testimony before the Commission, and his struggle to find a new life in the new South Africa. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5352

Sangoma.
In South Africa, traditional healers have always been regarded with suspicion by practitioners of Western medicine. New efforts to integrate traditional healers into primary health care, nutritional education, and AIDS work holds some promise for a public health system under siege. 1996. 54 min. Video/C 4635

Siliva the Zulu
Archival films from South Africa taken in 1927 overlaid with a drama concerning the coming of age and marriage of a Zulu warrior. 1927. 62 min. Video/C 8161

Skin Deep, 1960. (People's Century)
Skin deep examines the fight against legal, institutionalized racism in the United States and South Africa. In 1948, South Africa became unique among nations by writing segregation into the law of the land. The architects of apartheid took comfort in the fact that racial segregation was also found in the world's greatest democracy--the United States. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 6436

SongoLoLo: Voices of Change.
This documentary program presents an example of Black South African anti-apartheid culture. By means of poetry, music, politics and social life Blacks express their feelings against apartheid. Includes interviews with Black South African intellectuals. 1990. 54 min. Video/C 5789

Songs Worth Singing, Words Worth Saying
Through a series of summer music and poetry workshops, panel discussions and seminars, young people representing a range of cultural organisation in Cape Town were exposed to the musical strengths of different communities. This compilation comprising of a DVD, CD and E-songbook showcases the performance of seven youth musical groups and ten young poets from communities such as Kensington, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Nomzamo Yethu and Hout Bay, Athlone and Pinelands at the Reconciliation Day presentation 2007. Contents: What if -- She was born during a Cape Flats storm -- Cape Jazz -- Cape jazz medley one -- Caged -- Mbombela, the train of hate -- The struggle movements one --String tone lyric -- The struggle movement two and three -- African lullaby: Thula, thula -- As he weer kom -- Ghoemaliedjies -- Ghoema, ghoema dans met my -- Daar kom die Alibama -- Cries -- Daar kom die Alibama (instrumental version) -- Tshumayela -- Rosa -- Cape jazz medley two -- These are people -- Nomalizo -- Mixed masala -- Moppies -- Moppies medley -- Dare -- Rainbow imagine nation -- Suffering -- Political and spiritual songs -- New vision -- We shall overcome. 2007. 88 min. DVD X2499

South Africa Belongs to Us.
Portraits of five ordinary black women and interviews with four women leaders. Depicts scenes from their work and home life in black reserves or in sex-segregated barracks built for migrant workers. Produced and directed by Chris Austin 1980. 55 min. DVD X3388; vhs Video/C 280

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South Africa: Building Democracy
Depicts the struggle to forge a working democracy in post-apartheid South Africa as seen through the eyes of six key players. Part 1 explores the post-apartheid Parliament. Father Mkhatshwa narrates the drafting of the new constitution. The film profiles the dynamics of the ANC and National Party. Descriptions of Phola Park show living conditions for blacks in South Africa. Part 2 explores the geographic make-up of South Africa in relationship to post-apartheid issues. Sarah Khambane describes the plight of black workers in the farm areas and the efforts to raise the standard of living. A segment profiles the political violence in Kwatzulu-Natal. Part 3 explores leadership efforts to build post-apartheid South Africa. Dawie De Villiers summarizes the Afrikaaner history and commitment to rebuild. Thandi Oreleyn Sekete describes the black efforts to move to a level playing field. Common issues are education, unemployment and a new social model. Produced, written and edited by Sam Kauffmann. 1998. 156 each. Video/C MM618 Parts 1-3

South Africa, In the Shade of the Baobab Tree(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 10)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film investigates the ancient baobab tree which has stood at the heart of the Makuleke community. When they were forcibly relocated in 1969, their land became part of the Kruge National Park. Under the baobab tree members of the National Parks Board and the Makuleke people now meet to reconcile the need for conservation with the needs of the community. In the second film musicians from both sides of the Civil War in Angola meet to create a song for peace. We go behind the scenes to see the making of the Peace Song and video. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5353

South Africa Now.
A weekly series on KQED that will be taped off-air by the U.C.B Office of Media Services. This first episode is "Nelson Mandela: a special report 1990". Video/C 1700.

South Africa: San Soldier Story(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 13)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film examines issues and concerns of Bushmen in South Africa. Traditionally nomads, today the San people are San soldiers, struggling to avoid extinction amid warfare in South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. Their traditional culture all but forgotten, can the San people find a home with the emergence of new governments in Southern Africa? 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5356

South African Divestment Day Hearing [ONLINE AUDIO RECORDING]

Berkeley Language Center -- Speech Archive SA 1221
June 8, 1978

Speakers include: David Saxon (UC President); Mervyn Dymally (California Lieutenant Governor); Tom Hayden; John Gaetsewe (South African Congress of Trade Unions); Jerry Brown (Governor, California); Jimmy Herman (International Longshoreman Workers Union, Calif.); Amnesty International; Harry Edwards (UCB Dept. African American Studies); Abraham Walker (former advisor to South African government); Albert Bowker (UC Chancellor); Maxine Waters (California Black Legislative Caucus)

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South African Elections
First segment: A report on politically inspired violence threatening the transition to a multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Includes an interview with Judge Richard Goldstone, the head of the judicial commission which revealed a conspiracy at senior levels of South Africa's security forces to sabotage the transition to majority rule. Second segment: Looks at the challege of providing economic and social rights for black Africans in South Africa through excerpts from the film "Mama Awethu," followed by an interview with the director, Bethany Yarrow. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast April 16, 1994. 27 min. Video/C 6705

South African Propaganda Films of the Apartheid Era
African powerhouse (Films of Africa Production, col., 14 min.): Presents South Africa as the major industrial power of Africa, a bulwark against communism. Images of South Africa (Raymond Hancock Film, col., 17 min.): Seductive pictures of a beautiful and peaceful country. Story of South Africa (Raymond Hancock Film, col., 22 min.): South Africa's history seen from the viewpont of its Afrikaner rulers. South Africa (col., 26 min.): a message for the world: A skillful appeal to the emotions presenting South Africa as a country struggling to solve its racial problems. Children: The PR Pawns of Terrorism (writer, Rick Schmidt, col, 10 min.): Presents the African National Congress as a communist-inspired corrupter of black youth in South Africa. ANC: a time for candour (writer, Rick Schmidt, col., 30 min.).: A savage and distorted attack on the ANC that includes appeals from religious figures and denunciations of the ANC by President Ronald Reagan. [200-?] 119 min. Video/C 8160

Soweto to Berkeley.
Documentary on the anti-apartheid and divestment movement at U.C. Berkeley. Interviews with student leaders. Directed and edited by Richard C. Bock. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1988. 60 min. DVD X2873; Video/C 1442

Spear of the Nation: The Story of the African National Congress.
History of the African National Congress and a documentary report on the black liberation struggles throughout Southern Africa. Examines the historical roots of apartheid. Analyzes the economic and ideological foundations of apartheid, revealing South Africa's strategic international role and the interests of the western powers. 1986. 55 min. Video/C 1260

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Thokoza: A Video Dialogue for Peace. (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 1.)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film examines attempts to resolve conflicts between members of the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party in the township of Thokoza in South Africa. Two commanders, once mortal enemies, take on the shared task of making a video over a six-month period about the killings that have wracked their communities. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5344

The Tribal Mind.(Human Race; 2).
South Africa isn't the only society where racial and tribal identity have profoundly marked the way people live together; it's just one striking example. Against a background of violence, some South Africans are rising above old tribal reflexes as they struggle towards real democracy. Initiatives in South Africa may provide models for the world where the tribal politics of narrow self-interest still continue to be destructive. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 4384

Truth Commission: Special Report.
Excerpts from the hearings of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission established by the new South African government to bring about healing and reconciliation of the personal and political wounds of South Africa. It includes an explanation of the TRC's mandate with particular emphasis on the controversial "amnesty provision". 1997? 24 min. Video/C 5059

[Tutu, Desmond] Bishop Tutu at the Greek Theater.
Bishop Tutu's speech and program at the Greek Theater, May 13, 1985.
59 min. Video/C 770

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Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela
American filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand his South African stepfather Pule Benjamin "Lee" Leinaeng - an ANC foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. As part of the first wave of South African freedom fighters, Lee and his comrades left their homeland in 1960 to broadcast to the world the brutality of apartheid and to raise support for the African National Congress (ANC) and its leaders, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo. Presents an intimate tale about an African-American family, the anti-apartheid movement and the quest for reconciliation between a father and son. 2005. 73 min. DVD X2281

Umgidi (The Celebration)(Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 4)
Sipho, a former Robben Island inmate for 5 years gets a call from his father to help convince his reluctant younger brother to get circumcised. Then he gets an anguished letter from this brother Vuyo, informing him that he finally discovered he was adopted at birth. Vuyo is in crisis and is convinced that Sipho knows the truth about his biological parents. Sipho returns to Cape Town to help his brother. Sipho was covertly circumcised in the Robben Island prison but failed to perform the full ceremony so he decides to do so now. Meanwhile, Vuyo announces that he is gay which throws the family into confusion. The film explores a family and a country trying to embrace both modernity and tradition. While Sipho struggles to help his brother accept his roots, his brother desperately wants to escape them. The film is made even more complex by the fact that it is filmed by Sipho's wife who happens to be a white woman, both outsider and insider in this tight-knit family drama. A film by Sipho Singiswa and Gillian Schutte. 2004. 74 min. DVD 5266

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Die Voortrekkers.
Told from the Afrikaner point of view, this film is a re-creation of the historical events surrounding the emigration of the Dutch settlers into Zululand and their victory over Africans at the infamous battle of Blood River in 1838. This silent 1915 film is a classic study in propaganda. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4007

We Jive Like This.
Records the dance, poetry, theatre and music of South Africas' streets and backyards which provide a kind of street education in the arts and function as an outlet for self-expression which developed as an effort to heal the ravages suffered from apartheid, especially the psychic wounds experienced by the children of South Africa. 1991. 54 min. DVD X8638

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Winds of Change
Examines the transformations taking place in South Africa as apartheid regulations begin to be relaxed or eliminated. Features an interview with Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from prison and commentary from a variety of South Africans, white and black. Includes remarkable scenes of an integrated party at which young black and white students hold a lively discussion expressing their hopes and concerns for the future of their country. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1990. 22 min. Video/C MM568

Winnie.
Presents interviews and scenes from fiery rallies with Winnie Mandela and several of her longtime supporters. Tells how the former pacifist now encourages extreme violence by Blacks against Blacks who collaborate with whites. Shows scenes of two brutal murders inspired by her fanaticism. 1987. 15 min. Video/C 9923

Witness to Apartheid.
Documentary about the victims of police terrorism in South Africa. In interviews both children and adults talk about their suffering during the current unrest. 1986. 56 min. Video/C 940

Woza Albert!
Series of sketches organized around the ironic premise that Jesus Christ returns to the self-proclaimed Christian country of South Africa. The film shows the life experience of the writers/actors, as well as the resiliency of blacks in South Africa today. 1981. 60 min. Video/C 942

You Have Struck a Rock.
Examines the situation of women and political repression in Southern Africa. Written by Deborah May, Diana Boernstein ; co-produced by Deborah May & the United Nations. 1981. 28 min. DVD X6502; Video/C 954

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Yizo Yizo
Episodes 1-13 of the controversial education series depicted the pressing issues and the reality of township high school life in South Africa (gangsterism, drugs and violence on school premises). Lessons are being learnt by young viewers about sexual harassment, rape, prison life and the use of firearms. Yizo Yizo shows viewers that criminals end up in jail, how to cope with rape, that young people engaging in sex must use protection, how to get off drugs and make the most of life. PAL format tape. [2001?]. 2 videocassettes, ca. 320 min. Video/C 8477

Zulu Zion.
Explores the Zulu independent churches of South Africa and the black African response to Christianity. Traces the history of religious beliefs in Africa from the arrival of the first Christian missionaries to the current rediscovery of the African religious identity. 1978. 52 min. Video/C 199

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3551, a Story of Change
Presents the demobilization process of some 3551 child soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army by UNICEF in southern Sudan. 199? 28 min. DVD 7453

All About Darfur
Up until now the perilous situation in Sudan has been seen only from outside the country. This documentary offers an opportunity to hear it explained by eloquent, diverse, and even contradictory voices from within Sudan. The director talks to ordinary Sudanese in outdoor tea shops, markets, refugee camps and living rooms about how deeply rooted prejudices could suddenly burst into a wild fire of ethnic violence. Written, produced and directed by Taghreed Elsanhouri. 2005. 82 min. DVD 5283

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Arlit, The Second Paris (Arlit, deuxi`eme Paris)
A case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25, 000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. A film by Idrissou Mora Kpai. 2005. 78 min. DVD 5274

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The Avoidable Famine
Examines the impact of changes in traditional farming methods on the economy of Sudan. When the Sudan was a colony of Great Britain, the best farm land was used to grow cotton but a drop in cotton prices in the 1970's dictated a return to traditional food crops, which made the Sudan self-sufficient in food. Then the International Monetary Fund insisted that the nation return to growing cotton as a condition for making loans to the Sudan. Cotton prices remained low and the nation was forced to import grain from the U.S.--thus pushing the Sudan deeper into debt while the people starved. 1988. 20 min. Video/C 5936

A Crisis in Human Rights: Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
Focusing on the crisis in Darfur, the speakers will offer a comprehensive view of how and why a conflict evolves into a full-fledged genocide. The Darfur genocide has involved not just the outright immediate killing of people, but also the creation of conditions that have made life impossible by chasing people out into the desert and destroying their homes, villages, food supplies and livelihoods. Speakers will present eyewitness accounts of events on the ground in Darfur as well as academic research into conflict and peace within and between nations.

Featured panelists: Shane Bauer is a current undergraduate student in UCB's Peace and Conflict Studies Department. Martha Saavedra is the Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, an interdisciplinary research center supporting basic research on Africa. Her research includes agrarian politics and ethnic conflict in Sudan. David Tuller is a doctoral student in the School of Public Health and has a special interest in looking at public health through a human rights lens. He investigated some of Darfur's mass atrocities as part of a team from Physicians for Human Rights in 2005. April 12, 2007.

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The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

Darfur Genocide on Trial
This 30-minute movie about the ?Darfur? trial consists of interviews with the defendants and a talk by Eric Reeves. (Cameras weren?t allowed in the courtroom.) There are also brief interviews with controversial figures like then-Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. They describe the situation in Darfur, the 2004 Catholic Worker 2005?

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The Devil Came on Horseback
Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, this film goes on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where in 2004, Steidle became witness to a genocide that to-date has claimed over 400,000 lives. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. Unprepared for what he would witness and experience, Steidle returned to the U.S. armed with his photographs, intent on exposing the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed. Special features: Bonus short film: "Supporting survivors" by Global Grassroots ; Take action save Darfur. Directed & produced by Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern. 2007. 85 min. DVD 9346

From North to South
A short documentary on Sudan's displaced and their journeys home. "This DVD is part of a new initiative by IRIN/OCHA to develop a series of short documentaries highlighting humanitarian emergencies in Africa and Asia." Produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Integrated Regional Information Networks. 16 min. DVD X2602

God Grew Tired of Us
Presents the plight of young, male Sudanese refugees, known as "lost boys," being displaced to foreign countries due to civil war in their homeland. The film tells the story of three of the lost boys who struggled to come to the United States for a better life, while still attempting to assist the family and friends they have left behind. Directed by Christopher Quinn. Special features: Optional commentary with the director and Lost Boys; "Finding the Lost Boys" (16 min.); theatrical trailer (3 min.); "Take action" featuring messages from Dau and Bior, and website links for Sudanese relief charities. 2007. 90 min. DVD X1619

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A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan Resettling in America
More than 2 million Sudanese have died in the longest uninterrupted civil war in the world. This film traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans, a fraction of the 17,000 so-called "lost boys" of Sudan, and their arrival and resettlement in Seattle. Not your average immigration story, the 3 youths using digital video cameras, recorded their own experiences over the course of 18 months. The resulting "diaries" serve as a personal thread throughout the film, incorporating first-hand accounts of their experiences in war and with their radically different lives as immigrants in America. Producer & director, Kim Shelton. 2003. 61 min. DVD 2762

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Kafi's Story
This film captures Nuba life just at the moment before it was engulfed in the Sudanese civil war in 1989. The Nubian native Kafi narrates his journey to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, from his village Torogi in the Nuba Mountains. Torogi is in the middle of Sudan's encroaching civil war, between the muslim North and the christian South. Torogi itself is neither muslim nor christian and is trying to remain neutral. 1989. 54 min. Video/C 8257

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Lost Boys of Sudan
Focuses on the journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by the war in Sudan, who travel to America looking for a safer environment where they find they must grapple with extreme cultural differences and learn to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society. Directed and produced by Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk. 2003. 87 min. DVD 3110

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Gate Award, Bay Area Documentary Feature

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Nuba Conversations
Ten years after shooting Kafi's Story, British filmmaker Arthur Howes re-entered the Sudan clandestinely to find out what had happened to the Nuba of Torogi. Everywhere he encountered the jihad or holy war. The fundamentalist Sudanese regime is pursuing its policy of forced Arabization through a systematic disruption of the Nuba family, by killing their cattle and burning their villages. While Nuban women hide in caves 60,000 Nuba children have been abducted to camps were they are forcibly converted to Islam. Howes estimates that 40% of the Sudanese Army is now composed of Nuba men. 1999. 52 min. Video/C 8258

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The Nuer.
Presents the most important relationships and events in the lives of the Nuer, Nilotic people in Sudan and on the Ethiopian border. Demonstrates the vital significance of cattle and their central importance in all Nuer thought and behavior. Includes extensive use of Nuer music and poetry. 1971. 75 min. Video/C 3398

Orphans of Passage (Disappearing Worlds series)
For five years, the Uduk people of southern Sudan have fled civil war and domestic strife. In 1988, they were attacked by Sudanese government forces and escaped to Ethiopia. When the Ethiopian government fell, they were caught up in another brutal conflict. Since then, they have crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border five times seeking safe haven. Along the way they lost possessions, children, and a way of life, but in the midst of the horror, they found a new understanding of who they are, and a new religion--Christianity. Producer/director, Bruce MacDonald ; anthropologist, Wendy James. c1993. DVD 7811 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 3437

Refuge: A Film About Darfur
In this alternately enraging and heartbreaking documentary filmmakers travel to Darfur to try to make sense of reports of genocide in the region. Making their way clandestinely with a group of rebels into the heart of the Sudanese war zone, they chronicle stories of unfathomable human despair and courage: NGOs struggling to get food to the starving, refugees fighting for water, waves of people battered by civil war and incomprehensible violence stumbling into camps on the edge of survival. Directed by Alexandre Trudeau. c2008. 52 min. DVD X2116

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Sidet: Forced Exile.
Presents the stories of three Ethiopian women who each sought refuge in the Sudan. Tells how they have managed to survive displacement and creat lives for themselves in exile. Writer/producer/director, Salem Makuria. c1991. 60 min. DVD X6680; Video/C 3352

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Strange Beliefs.
Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande in Zaire and studied their belief in witchcraft and later worked with the Neur tribe in the Sudan. 1990. 52 min. Video/C 3856

Sudan
Since 1955 the Muslim Arab North has been attacking the Christian Black South in the Sudan and this longest war of the 20th century is still in progress. This powerful documentary exposes the resurgence of slave trading and the international terrorism of the radical Islamic government of Sudan, unveils the vicious scorched earth campaign, the abuse of relief aid by the UN, and tells the moving story of courageous Christians standing firm who are resisting Jihad (Holy War) on the frontlines of the battle for faith and freedom. Based on "Faith under fire in Sudan" by Peter Hammond. c1999. 55 min. Video/C 8896

Sudan: Confluence of Arab and African Worlds
Presents an overview of the social, political and economic conditions of the Sudan in the mid-1990s. Produced by the Center for Middle East Studies, UC Berkeley and the Joint Berkeley-Stanford Center for African Studies. 1995. 20 min. Video/C 5843

The White Bull: The Liliir East Bank Conference on Peace and Reconciliation, Bor County, South Sudan, May 9-15, 2000
The white bull, a symbol of peace among the cattle owning Nilotes of the Upper Nile, South Sudan is sacrificed during the Nilotic East Bank Peace and Reconciliation Conference held at Liliir in Bor country, South Sudan between May 9-15, 2000. The Conference brought together the Jie, Kachipo, Anyuak, Murle, Nuer and Dinka. These ethnic groups have witnessed a decade of unrest characterized by inter-ethnic fighting, cattle rustling, and abduction of women and children. 13 min. PAL format. Video/C MM182

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Speak Out!
Sexual violence has been recognised as a major problem in and around schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Evidence shows that it is a major barrier to accelerating progress in girls' education. This documentary captures the voices of young people in Swaziland speaking out against sexual abuse and highlights their efforts to combat gender-based violence. 2004. 17 min. DVD 6642

Tanzania / Zanzibar

The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

Darwin's Nightmare
Documentary film that exposes the poverty and misery of people living on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania who are dependent upon fishing the Nile perch from the lake for their meager earnings. The fish are exported by air to Europe to be sold cheaply and the planes that arrive to transport the fish at first seem to arrive empty, but turn out to carry weapons to Africa and fish away.

"Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo? Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world?s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots." [from Darwin's Nightmare web site] Director, scriptwriter and cinematographer, Hubert Sauper. 2004. 107 min. DVD 4550; also DVD 7730

East Africa, Pathway to Growth
Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7347

Gem Slaves: Tanzanite's Child Labour
Mererani in northern Tanzania is the only place on earth where the precious stone tanzanite is mined. Every day thousands of children risk their lives in poorly constructed mine shafts for barely a meal a day. Despite efforts to curb this deadly practice, the global thirst for tanzanite continues to drive these children undergound. 2006. 15 min. DVD 9948

In Search of Stability (The Africans)
Gives an overview of the several means of governing in Africa. Examines new social orders to illustrate an Africa in search of a viable form of government in the postindependence period. Compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 945

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:
Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania (Video/C 3530); Chad, Cameroon (Video/C 3531); Ivory Coast, Botswana, Republic of South Africa (Video/C 3532) (for complete listing of contents and times, consult OskiCat under series title: f se JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance).

Kumekucha at Sunrise: Women of Tanzania.
Documents the daily life of Tanzanian women as they seek to take their place in their society, as it is influenced through education and the impact of Western civilization. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 28 min. Video/C 3027

Servants of Love
Follows the work of Father Godfrey Biseko, a priest from the Diocese of Musoma, Tanzania, and forty volunteers, who call themselves "Servants of Love", who have dedicated themselves to serving the most abandoned and rejected of the society. These are the lepers, AIDS victims, elderly men and women, the physically and mentally handicapped, and orphans. On the shores of Lake Victoria are found three separate charity homes offering love and mercy to these unfortunate people. c1999. 15 min. Video/C MM1201

These Hands.
Surveys a typical workday in the lives of impoverished women in Tanzania who manually mine gravel used for making concrete for urban building projects. Directed by Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling 1992. 45 min. DVD X6509; Video/C 3730

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Zanzibar Soccer Queens (Malkia wa soka Zanzibar)
In the Muslim country, Zanzibar, women's activities are severely curtailed. This is a portrait of a feisty group of women who have defied the cultural constraints by playing a man's game, soccer, giving reign to their competitive spirit, and defining new roles and identities for themselves in a predominantly Muslim society. Clerical disapproval has meant that there is a lack of women's teams with which to compete so the women must sometimes play against men's teams. A film by Florence Ayisi. 2008. 55 min. DVD X354

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Togo

Mama Benz, an African Market Woman (God Gave Her a Mercedes Benz)
The colorful markets of Africa are often dominated by strong older women. They control price and determine who can buy their goods. These women rule the market and are treated with deference. Thanks to their business acumen, they have amassed a great deal of wealth. These women are affectionately referred to as Mama Benz. Because each one has as her trademark a chauffeured Mercedes Benz. This film focuses on one woman who presides over the cloth market in Lomé, Togo. She is a lavishly dressed matron with a fully-staffed mansion who proudly travels the rutted dirt roads in her limousine. Everyday she takes her accustomed place in the stall, surrounded by gloriously colored textiles, and haggles with her customers. The other market women look up to her. Perhaps one day they too will attain her success and become a Mama Benz. Directed by Katia Petersen. 1993? 48 min. DVD X7099; Video/C 9146

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Water of Ayole: Togo West Africa.
Shows how a poor community in Togo is making its water system work and providing safe water to about 600,000 people in 864 villages. Producer, Sandra Nichols. 1988. 28 min. DVD 9278 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1784

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Uganda

Aiming High. (Life; 4)
In 1986 Uganda was bankrupt. Six years of civil war had followed the ousting of former President Idi Amin and its social and state institutions were near collapse. But today Uganda's economy is widely seen as a success story and over the last ten years the number of Ugandans living in absolute poverty has been cut by half. This film looks at how Uganda has achieved this remarkable turnaround and questions whether the country could now be on course to meet the Millennium development goals by 2015. Directed by Ashley Bruce. 26 min. DVD 3960

Bullfrog Films catalog description

Cell Wars(Secret of Life; 5)
Describes the study on the molecular level of parasites and microbes that challenge the human immune system, and the possiblity of eventually preventing diseases like multiple sclerosis and AIDS. c1993. 60 min. Video/C 3159

Children of War
A documentary on northern Uganda children of war; on the child soldiers who were abducted from their homes and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army. Follows a group of them as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and healing while in a rehabilitation center. Filmed and directed by Bryan Single. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009. 75 min. DVD X6591

Children of War
This chilling feature tells the story of Acholi school girls from St. Mary's College in Northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army to serve as child soldiers. Of the 250,000 child soldiers worldwide, many are used as sexual servants, spies, porters and frontline grunts. These unwilling combatants often find themselves subject to disease, physical assault and rape. Includes interviews with one of the girls who escaped and survived the ordeal, a teacher and the assistant headmistress at St. Mary's College who recounts the night of her students' abduction and the torturous process of trying to secure their release. Dist.: Witness Project. 2003. 7 min. DVD 3235

The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

The Debt Police. Life, Part 29
Uganda has recently benefited from a debt relief initiative, but in a country where corruption is rife, is this relief really going to reach the poor? This program travels in rural Uganda with the Uganda Debt Network, an NGO working to ensure that this aid does reach the poor and improves their lives, and reports on the thriving anti-corruption movement that has sprung up, with popular theater and campaigning schoolchildren. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7789

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East Africa, Pathway to Growth
Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7347

Général Idi Amin Dada: autoportrait
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. In 1974 a film crew followed Idi Amin Dada, dictator of Uganda, interviewing him and filming him as he worked. Provides a candid and distrurbing portrait of one of the 20th century's most notorious figures. Special features: A 2001 interview with Barbet Schroeder ; a timeline of Ugandan history ; documentation of Idi Amin's requested cuts to the film. 1974. 90 min. DVD X794

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence
Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to the Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army. Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends. This documentary reveals the efforts put forth by the Northern Uganda people to rehabilitate the children fortunate enough to escape Kony's army. Directed and photographed by Neil Abramson. 1998. 55 min. DVD 8782

Uganda, Dellusion [sic] or Democracy? (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 5)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film goes on the road with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the popular "Africanist" leader of a system called "no-party democracy"--very different from the one-party states that characterized post-independence Africa. The second film profiles the work of ECOMOG, which West African neighbors of Liberia have sent to help stabilize the country. After a dismal start, the Nigerian-led ECOMOG has been getting the job done. In this film General Malu, leader of ECOMOG, talks about Nigeria's role in rebuilding Liberia. 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5348

War Dance
Dominic, Rose, and Nancy are three children whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons camp in Patongo (Uganda). These children attend a school where they can momentarily forget the brutal realities of their lives, as they participate in music, song and dance. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival in their nation's capitol, their historic journey is also an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time. Directed by Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine. 2006. 107 min. DVD 9878
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Zambia

The Donor Circus.(Life; 5)
Looks at the economic situation in Zambia and how foreign aid is being utilized by the Zambian government and non-governmental organizations. Over 40% of the Zambian government's budget comes from foreign donors. In 2003 that was $560 million. While the EU prefers to channel most of its aid through the government, the US and the Japanese still fund individual projects, such as the building of a new school which is being completed by a Japanese contractor. There are many individual NGOs in Zambia involved in local projects, independent from government and funded directly by international donors. But now the government is arguing that it should be in control of dispersing all international development aid. The days of individual donors funding individual projects could be a thing of the past. Filmed & directed by Ben Summers. 26 min. DVD 8390

Bullfrog Films catalog description

East Africa, Pathway to Growth
Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min. Video/C 7347

The Hospice.(Life; 4)
This film explores the work of a hospice in Zambia, a country on the front line in the world fight against HIV/AIDS. In Zambia, where one in five of the population are HIV-positive (most under 40 years old), all of the eleven million population has been touched by HIV/AIDS in some way. The Mother of Mercy Hospice on the edge of the capital, Lusaka, was the first of its kind in Zambia. It has just 22 beds and was founded by an inspiring woman of extraordinary courage, a Polish nun called Sister Leonia. The film follows the work of the staff and volunteers both at the hospice and in the local villages and communities. The courage of patients, the resilience and despair of the staff and the dignity of how they all deal with the almost daily ritual of death makes this film an extraordinary account of the human face of AIDS in modern Africa. Directed by Kasper Blagaard. 2005. 23 min. DVD 3977

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Learning About Livelihoods: Insights From Southern Africa: Film Case Studies
Case studies of individual households in South Africa. Floods: Looks at responses and resiliency of families devastated by floods that hit Southern Mozambique in 2000. Moving on: Examines a Zimbabwean community as it battles environmental degradation and seeks to conserve an endangered water source. Home-making: A study of a minework's family in Lesotho asking who's labor sustains the home: that of the husband, the wife or the domestic worker? Pruned: An influx of foreign outlets and insecure land tenure, spells poverty for former Zambian copperbelt mineworkers. How secure is one family's alternatives; trading, farming and community networks? Legacies: Looks at youth in KwaZulu-Natal province, who inherit a long history of violent conflict, land dispossession, shrinking economic options and the highest HIV infection rate in the country. Commissioned by Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, University of Cape Town, filmed with with assistance of ANSA. Funded by Department for International Development of the British Government (D.F.I.D.) Oxfam GB, Southern Africa. 97 min. Video/C 9564

New Heroes: Dreams of Sanctuary.
Tells the stories of social entrepreneurs who are helping the desperate, the destitute and the determined to make a new beginning -- from Moses Zulu's home and school for AIDS orphans in Zambia to Mimi Silbert's San Francisco based Delancey Street foundation, which helps drug addicts and criminals turn their lives around. This episode also travels to India to follow Kailash Satyarthi on a slave camp raid to rescue children forced into slavery. c2005. 60 min. DVD 4495

The Price of Aid
Discusses U.S. donations of food for famine relief in foreign countries through a case-study in Zamibia, and the complex relationships between international aid, international media, American business and politics, and the impact on local agriculture, public health and international trade relations. Questions how America's well-intentioned foreign-aid program has spawned a self-serving relationship between humanitarian aid and American business and politics. Written and directed by Jihan El Tahri. 2004. 56 min. DVD 5256

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Seeing is Believing.
Health experts have long known that a lack of Vitamin A can lead to serious diseases during childhood, as well as increasing the risk of child and maternal mortality. This segment looks at the country of Zambia as it begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population through sugar fortification as just one part of a multi-pronged strategy. 2002. 23 min. Video/C 9846

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Sowing Seeds of Hunger. (Life; 41)
Part of a series examining the issue of glabalization and its effect on ordinary people around the world. This segment looks at the AIDS epidemic in Zambia and other sub-Saharan African nations which has crippled the agricultural community, forcing children to undertake the responsibilities of farming. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) 2003. 27 min. Video/C 9850

Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Their Brothers' Keepers: Orphaned by AIDS
Looks at two child-headed families living in Chazanga Compound, a shantytown in Lusaka, Zambia. Orphaned by AIDS, they must scramble for necessities and education. Local aid workers and the community try to help, but they also have meager resources. Includes excerpts from a speech given by Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Directed and produced by Catherine Mullins. 2000. 56 min. DVD 4943
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T-shirt Travels: The Story of Secondhand Clothes & Third World Debt
What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker travelled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business. A secondhand clothing dealer in Zambia carefully selects a bale and transports it by bus ten hours to a market. His profits support his entire extended family. Directed, produced & written by Shantha Bloemen. 57 min. DVD 8626
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Zaire
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Zimbabwe

Chiefs and Strongmen. (Struggle for Democracy)
This program done in 1989 looks closely at three African nations where western-style democracy has not taken root; Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. 1989. 57 min. Video/C 1888

Educating Lucia. (Life, Part 25)
Focuses on the story of three African sisters who want to graduate to secondary school but are more likely to receive no formal education, working as seasonal laborers on one of Zimbabwe's large tobacco farms. They're being raised by their grandmother who can only afford school fees for one girl. In African countries such as Zimbabwe, Uganda and Benin the odds are dramatically against girls getting an education. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min. Video/C 7785
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Everyone's Child.
Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS, the film makes an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of orphaned children. The film was produced in direct response to the prediction that by the year 2000 there will be over 10 million AIDS orphans on the African continent. At the same time, the film focuses attention on millions of other children left homeless by civil wars or abandoned because their parents could not support them. 1996. 83 min. Video/C 5253

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A Garden of Eden In Decay (The Africans)
Identifies the problems of a continent that produces what it does not consume and consumes what it does not produce. Shows Africa's struggle between economic dependence and decay. Examines economic and agricultural failures and successes in Algeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 945

It Needs Political Decisions (Race to Save the Planet).
Examines the power of politics in protecting the environment. Three nations in varying stages of economic development - Zimbabwe, Thailand, and Sweden - offer three different strategies for conserving the environmental future. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 1796

Kutambura, Struggling People.
In Zimbabwe, the Kubatsirana Project is a trial program to teach literacy and financial independence as well as family planning via community-based teachers. The goal is to reduce population growth by encouraging women to take control over their lives. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 1667

Leaving Home for Sugar (Commodities Series; 2).
Discusses British involvement in the sugar industry in the West Indies and Zimbabwe, where companies have turned semi-desert land into modern plantations, but at the cost of local farmers who were dispossessed or brought in as forced laborers. 1985. 54 min. Video/C 3495

Moving On, the Hunger for Land in Zimbabwe.
Documents the history of the independence movement in Zimbabwe. Shows the continuing disparity between Black farmers, who barely make a living on their inferior land, and affluent whites, who employ modern agricultural techniques on their lush acres. 1983. 52 min. Video/C 935

Mugabe and the White African
Family patriarch Mike Campbell is one of the few white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe began his violent land seizure program in 2000. Since then the country has descended into chaos, the economy brought to its knees by the reallocation of formerly white-owned farms to Mugabe cronies, who have no knowledge, experience or interest in farming. In 2008, after years of intimidation and threats to his family and farm, Campbell decides to take action. Unable to call upon the protection of any Zimbabwean authorities, he challenges Mugabe before an international court, [the Southern African Development Community Tribunal], charging him and his government with racial discrimination and human rights violations. Directors, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey. 2009. 94 min. DVD X5223

Awards
American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Music of the Spirits.
Features a performance of traditional mbira music performed by Stella Nekati-Chiweshe of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. MRC of traditional hut painting by Othelia Ngwena and "Bib Boy" Sibanda, aspects of the stone structures of Great Zimbabwe and ancient rock paintings accompany Stella's evocative music. 1989. 26 min. Video/C 3553

No Easy Walk.

Zimbabwe Traces the struggle of the Zimbabwean people for independence from European colonists from the defeat of the first armed rebellion in 1896 through the guerrilla war in the 1970's Includes interviews with Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Ian Smith, and other Zimbabweans, black and white. 1987. 60 min. Video/C 1869

Kenya installment from ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

The Odds Against Us-- But There's Hope
People in Kenya are responding to the AIDS pandemic and one such person is pediatrician Dr. Margaret Ogola, the administrator and co-ordinator of Catholic health services throughout the country. She says that the church offers about 40% of all health care in Kenya and ministers to the poorest of the poor AIDS patients. Since 1994 she has served as medical director of Cottolengo, a hospice for children with AIDS. Through her extensive experience with the AIDS pandemic and her eight years of clinical practice with AIDS orphans, she is a recognized authority on this subject. In this video, Dr. Ogola gives the most thorough and comprehensive explanation of AIDS in Africa. c2002. 34 min. Video/C MM1145

The Rise of Nationalism (Africa series).
Follows the course of the major independence struggles beginning with the situation in the Gold Coast and concluding with the fight for majority rule in Zimbabwe and South Africa. 1984. 60 min. Video/C MM455

Tea Fortunes (Commodities; 3).
Documents the history of the tea industry in China, India, Sri Lanka, and East Africa. Profiling Sir Thomas Lipton, it shows how he and his competitors controlled every stage of tea manufacture, from planting to blending, packaging to retailing. Today India controls its exports of tea, Sri Lanka has nationalized its tea estates, Zimbabwe's state-run plantations generate some cash in rural areas while women in China work for some of the lowest wages in the world producing tea for western blends. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 3496

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Whither Democracy? (Struggle for Democracy)
Takes stock of democracy's survival, examining three recent experiments in democracy that have demonstrated a measure of success: Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand. 1989. 57 min. Video/C 1895

A Witches Tale(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 6)
Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film examines the issues surrounding witchcraft in South Africa where people are still being killed on suspicion of being witches. Efforts aimed at stemming witchcraft-related violence are examined. Must the government deny the legitimacy of traditional beliefs? Or can the power of traditional healing be used to stop the killing and promote human rights for all? 1997. 26 min. Video/C 5349

With These Hands: How Women Feed Africa.
A documentary presenting the stories of three women from three African countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Each woman tells in her own words of the struggle to feed her family. 1987. 33 min. Video/C 1896

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Zimbabwe: After the Hunger and Drought.
Discusses the role of writers in preserving the past and shaping the future of Zimbabwe. Includes interviews with some of Zimbabwe's foremost authors. 1987. 49 min. Video/C 1264

Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies
Zimbabwe, a country once a model of independence and Africa's fastest growing economy, is now in a treacherous decline of hunger, poverty and fear. President Robert Mugabe has become Africa's longest standing dictator. Posing as tourists, reporters Alexis Bloom and Cassandra Herrman travel undercover to meet secretly with leaders of the opposition and other dissidents to chronicle a country trapped in shadows and lies. They also hear from people struggling to survive in the rural areas -- a population Mugabe keeps carefully hidden from foreign eyes. Frontline world, June 27, 2006; Frontline world: stories from a small planet. Dist.: PBS. 2006. 60 min. DVD 5846

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AUDIOTAPES

Bishop Desmond Tutu Addresses the California State Legislature.
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Desmond Tutu, addressing the California State Legislature in May, 1985, describes how South African and President Reagan's policies are making non-violence less of a viable channel for social change in South Africa. 1981. 20 min. SOUND/C 537

An Interview with Steve Biko.
The South African civil rights activist discusses the history of the black Consciousness Movement, its relations with other black Nationalist groups and with whites working for change, as well as his hopes for a peaceful transition to a non-segregated society in South Africa. 24 min. SOUND/C 81

On Apartheid.
Interview with Alan Paton. 1960. 37 min. Sound/C 302

Part of My Soul Went With Him.
Dramatic reading based on journals and letters of Winnie and Nelson Mandela. 1985. 60 min. SOUND/C 591

Reactions to Tyranny: The Black Artist.
Readings of South African artists concerning apartheid. 1986. 57 min. SOUND/C 538

So You Have Heard it Before.
Story of South African women under apartheid, portrayed through poetry and music. Includes descriptions of the Sharpeville protest and the Soweto uprising. 1979. 45 min. SOUND/C 245

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