Movies by African Filmmakers

Angola | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Cameroon | Cape Verde | Chad | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Ethiopia | Gabon | Ghana | Guinea-Bissau | Guinea-Conakry | Ivory Coast | Kenya | Madagascar | Mali | Nigeria | Senegal | South Africa | Togo | Zaire | Zimbabwe

Movies Set In/About Africa; Miscellaneous

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Movies by African Filmmakers

Angola

The Hero (O Herói) (Angola | France | Portugal, 2004)
Directed by Zeze Gamboa. Cast: Oumar Makena Diop, Milton Coelho, Maria Ceica, Neuza Borges, Patrcia Bull, Ral Rosario. Luanda, capital of Angola, is a huge city trying to cope with and overcome the profound legacy of a civil war that lasted for nearly 30 years. Vitorio has just been discharged after almost 20 years of fighting in the war. During his last military assignment he stepped on a land mine and lost a leg. After recuperating, he finds himself alone, unemployed and homeless. He, along with the people that he encounters, attempt to build new lives at the same time as their country reconstructs in the postwar era. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 97 min. DVD 5305
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Hollow City (Na cidade vazia)(Angola | Portugal, 2004)
Directed by Maria João Ganga. N'dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola's brutal civil war. In 1991 N'dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola's capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits. His wandering leads N'dala to the beach where he takes shelter in an old fisherman's shack, but he is haunted by nightmares of the assault that left his family dead, and he soon disappears into the shanty-town neighborhoods of the city. Each step N'dala takes into the dark streets of the city leads him farther from his home. In Portuguese with optional English subtitles. 88 min. DVD 5810
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Benin

Divine Carcasse.(Belgium | Benin, 1998)
Directed by Dominique Loreau. Fictional documentary which follows the life of a car imported to Benin, Africa, by a European expatriate. Intersecting cultures are seen when the car passes to his African cook who uses it as a taxi service, and finally, village life and traditions are shown when the scraps from the car are made into a divinity commissioned by the villagers. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. 60 min. 999:2128

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Botswana

The Gods Must Be Crazy (Botswana | South Africa, 1984)
Directed by Jamie Uys. An empty Coke bottle drops from the sky near an African San hunter and is brought into his camp, but after causing much trouble to the group, he tries to return the bottle to the gods who must have dropped it. On his journey he encountes a romantic microbiologist, a school teacher and a band of terrorists all enmeshed in a plot so insane, it could only happen in the "civilized" world. In Afrikaans and Ungwatsi with English subtitles. 109 min. 999:3216
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Burkina Faso

Daresalam (Burkina Faso, Chad, France, 2000)
Directed by Issa Serge Coelo. This feature film focuses on two young men caught up in the Civil War in Chad. It begins in the 1970s with the story of Koni and Djimi as the central government invades their village and insists on buying the farmer's millet at below market and then browbeats the villagers into paying taxes to help fight the war. When they resist the government burns the village and massacres the inhabitants. Djimi, wounded, remains behind with the hard-liners, while Koni joins a faction which supports compromise with the government. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. 105 min. DVD 3570; also VHS 999:3061
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Haramuya (Burkina Faso / France, 1995)
Directed by Drissa Toure. Through Fousseini, a muslim firmly attached to his faith and traditions, this film draws a picture of Ouagadougou in the traps of modernism and traditionalism. Foussei tries to take care of his family according to the old precepts and the code of honor inherited from his ancestors. One of his sons is a cinema projectionist and supports all the family against the will of his wife, while the other son idles around all day, looking for girlfriends. In French with English subtitles. 87 min. 999:1986
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Keita!: L'heritage du Groit. (France | Burkina Faso, 1994)
Director: Dani Kouyaté. 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. In Jula and French with English subtitles. 1994. 94 min. DVD X6478; Video/C 4116
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Gray, Christopher. "Keita: The Heritage of the Griot / Rocking Popenguine / The Blue Eyes of Yonta." (movie reviews)American Historical Review v101, n4 (Oct, 1996):1144 (3 pages). UC users only
Racevskis, Maija. "Applications of African cinema in the high school curriculum: A secondary teacher's views of Three Tales from Senegal." Research in African Literatures. Fall 1996. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; p. 98 (12 pages)UC users only

Kounandi (Burkina Faso, 2003)
Directed by Apolline Traore. Cast: Deborah Coty, Noufou Ouedraogo, Aminata Dao, Kamsa Traore, Korotimi Traore, Adama Kone. In this adult fairy tale Kounandi, a young beauty often scorned and overlooked because of her dwarfism, earns her living and finds village favor making delicious cup cakes. Kounandi falls in love with Karim only to discover that he is married to Awa who is dying. Kounandi mystically sacrifices her lifeforce (and cup cake pan) as a gift to the couple. In Jula with English subtitles. 50 min. DVD 5304
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The Night of Truth (Burkina Faso, 2004)
Directed by Fanta Regina Nacro. Cast: Naky Sy Savane, Georgette Pare, Adama Ouedraogo, Rasmane Ouedrago, Moussa Cisse. In an unspecified country in Africa, after ten years of bloody war, the Nayaks, the President's ethnic group, and the Bonandes, rebels supporting Colonel Theo, come together to celebrate the peace agreement. But the reconciliation festivities are overshadowed by the terrible barbarities that have been committed on both sides. In French, Dioula and Moore languages with English subtitles. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 100 min. DVD 6201
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Sango Malo. (Cameroon | Burkina Faso, 1991)
Directed by Bassek ba Kobhio. A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. In French with English subtitles. Based on the novel of the same name by Bassek Bo Kobhio. 93 min. DVD X6512; vhs 999:672
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Tilai. (Switzerland | UK | France | Burkina Faso | Germany, 1990)
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo. Saga returns to his village to find that his fiancee Nogma is now his father's second wife. Still in love, they find each other again--which the village views as incest. His brother supposedly kills him, the villagers think he's dead, but Saga and Nogma escape and live happily--until Saga has to go back to the village because his mother is dying. In Mossi, with English subtitles. 81 min. 999:2104
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Lequeret, Elisabeth. "Si je n'ai pas de rails de travelling, j'utilise une brouette!". Cahiers du Cinéma no557 May 2001. p. 81.

An Uncommon Woman (Une femme pas comme les autres) (Burkina Faso, 2009)
Directed by Abdoulaye Dao. Cast: Georgette Pare, Serge Henry, Bakary Bamba, Augusta Palenfo. In this comedy set in Burkina Faso, Mina, the chairwoman and managing director of a big company, decides to have a second husband. It's a strange and courageous decision in an environment where polyandry is an unknown practice. But Mina has her reasons. As a faithful wife, she is disappointed by her unemployed husband's behavior when he starts flirting with Aicha, the neighbor's wife. 101 min. DVD X7102
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Wênd Kûuni (Le don de Dieu; God's Gift) (Burkina Faso, 1982)
Directed by Gaston Kaboré. In the literary tradition of African tale, this film is the story of a little boy whose traumatic experiences cause him to lose one family and find another. The action takes place in Burkino Faso on the West African savannah in pre-colonial times. In Moré with English subtitles. 70 min. DVD X6506; vhs 999:502
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Yeelen: Brightness. (Mali | Burkina Faso | France | West Germany, 1987)
Directed by Souleymane Cisse. Shows the destructive conflict between a father and son who vie with each other for knowledge of the secrets of nature. In Bambara wih English subtitles. 105 min. DVD 3573; also VHS 999:501
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Zan Boko: Homeland. (Burkina Faso, 1988)
Directed by Gaston Kaboré. A rural family's world is brutally disrupted when their ancestral village is absorbed by the expanding boundaries of their country's largest city. In Moré with English subtitles. 92 min. 999:499

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Yaaba (Burkina Faso, Switzerland, France, 1989)
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo. A young girl and her cousin Bila happen upon an old witch outcast by their village in Burkina Faso many years before. Although forbidden by his parents to have any contact with the old lady, Bila is drawn to her mystique and the fear she brings to the village. In Moré with English subtitles. 90 min. 999:3251
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Cameroon

Clando (Clandestine). (Cameroon, 1996)
A film by Jean-Marie Teno. Sobgui, a former computer programmer, drives a "clando" cab in Douala, Cameroon's streets. He is clandestine, not just because his cab is unlicensed, but because he is hiding from his past. When a radical political group involves him in a revenge slaying of an informer, Sobgui knows that it is time to get out of Douala. He gets his chance when he is asked to find a wealthy villager's son in Germany. The film represents a dilemma facing educated Africans: whether to work to change the autocratic regimes at home or seek their fortunes abroad. In French with English subtitles. 96 min. 999:1841
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The Forest (Le silence de la forêt)(France | Cameroon | Gabon | Central African Republic, 2003)
Directors: Bassek Ba Kobhio, Didier Ouenangare. Cast: Eric Ebouaney, Sonia Zembourou, Philippe Maury, Nadège Beausson-Diagne . In a twist on the old story of Westerners' encounters with African cultures, Le silence de la forêt focuses instead on what happens when a European-educated African interacts with the rainforest people incorrectly and pejoratively known as "pygmies" (who are more accurately called the Biaka). It is about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect people of cultures radically different from their own. DVD X6513
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Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene (The Great White Man of Lambarene). (Gabon | Cameroon | France, 1994)
Director: Bassek Ba Kobhio Cast: Andre Wilms, Marisa Berenson, Alex Descas, Elisabeth Bourgine, Philippe Maury Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek Ba Kobhio provides a revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Shot on the site of Schweitzer's hospital in Gabon, the film reveals him to be a man blinded to the people around him by his own spiritual self-absorption and arrogance. His paternalism leads him to cast Africans as childlike primitives to be protected from modernity, which for Ba 1995. 89 min. DVD X6515; Video/C 4558
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Quartier Mozart. (Cameroon, France, 1992)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Kekolo. Queen of the 'Hood is a proud young girl who doesn't want to be taken advantage of by men. She befriends a local sorceress who helps her enter the body of a young man, My Guy, so she can discover for herself the real "sexual politics" of the quarter. Meanwhile, the sorceress assumes the shape of Panka, a familiar comic figure in Cameroonian folklore with sexual powers. In this sex farce, women's wisdom and "witchcraft" help to temporarily regain the balance of power in a sexist world. In French with English subtitles. 81 min. vhs 999:2131
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Pfaff, Francoise. "New African cinema." Cineaste v 22 no4 1997. p. 58-9.

Sango Malo. (Cameroon | Burkina Faso, 1991)
Directed by Bassek ba Kobhio. A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. In French with English subtitles. 93 min. 999:672
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Cape Verde

Fintar o Destino (Dribbling Fate) (Portugal | Cape Verde, 1998)
Directed by Fernando Vendrell. A sports film with a distinctly African twist. On the Cape Verde islands a small-town grocery-store owner Mane recalls his past glories with the national soccer team Benefica during the '50's. Obsessed with the sport, Mane attempts to train a local team without much success, so when he sees promise in young Kalu he goes for broke, spending his wife's savings on tickets to Lisbon in hopes of connecting Kalu with Benefica. In French and Creole with English subtitles. 77 min. DVD X6505; vhs 999:2225
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O Testamento do Sr. Napumoceno (Napumoceno's will). (Portugal | Brazil | Cape Verde | France | Belgium, 1997)
Directed by Francisco Manso. The film is an epic farce from one of the world's least known but most culturally complex societies - Cape Verde. This classic tale of the hollowness at the core of provincial bourgeois life introduces English speaking audiences to Germano Almeida, one of the outstanding writers in Portuguese today. With its novelistic breadth, the film offers a bildungsroman of a man and a society so caught up in the pursuit of conventional success and prestige it overlooks its true self almost until it is too late. In Portuguese with English subtitles. 106 min. vhs 999:2127
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Chad

Abouna(France / Chad / Netherlands, 2002)
Directed and written by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun, Mounira Khalil, Kously Lamko. After two young Chadian boys discover their father has abandoned them, they embark on a desperate quest to bring him home. French and Arabic with English subtitles. 84 min. DVD 4732
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Bye Bye Africa (Chad, 1998)
A film by Mahamat Saleh Haroun. In this reflexive docu-drama about the difficulties of making films in Africa (the first feature film from Chad), an exiled film director returns to Chad after the death of his mother. There he discovers, as a result of wars, that motion picture theaters have been abandoned in favor of makeshift video theaters often in private homes. Haroun visits a producer who suggests that he make a film using a video camera and concludes that the important thing is to continue to produce films no matter what the circumstances. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. 86 min. Video/C 8259

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Dry Season (Daratt; Saison sèche) (Chad / France / Belgium / Austria, 2006)
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Ali Bacha Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Djibril Ibrahim, Fatime Hadje, Khayar Dumar Defallan. The government of Chad granted amnesty to war criminals in 2006, following forty years of civil strife. Atim, age 16, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may find and kill the man who killed his father. Atim quickly locates Nassara, now married and living as a baker in a nearby village. Pretending to be looking for work, Atim is hired as an apprentice baker. Despite his disgust, Atim gradually recognizes the father figure he has always needed. Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son and one day proposes adoption. 95 min. DVD X422
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A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) (France | Belgium | Chad, 2010)
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Hadje Fatime N'Goua. Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the " war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for his contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. 88 min. DVD X6405
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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Matamata and Pilipili (Congo)
In the 1950s a Belgian missionary and a film fanatic in the Congo, Albert Van Haelst, made twenty films featuring the African Laurel and Hardy -- Matamata and Pilipili. This documentary presents several of these first colonial films to come from the Congo, reclaiming an important episode in the history of Congolese popular culture while exploring the complex terrain of colonial relationships and media representations. 55 min. Video/C 9292

Pièces d'Identités (ID) (Belgium / Congo, 1998)
Directed by Mweze Ngangura. Cast: Gérard Essomba Many, Dominique Mesa, Jean-Louis Daulne, Herbert Flack, Cécelia Kankonda, David Steegen, Tshilombo Lubambu, Muanza Goutier. A Congolese king searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of coincidence (it must be destined), Mani Kongo is reunited with his daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of friends. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 93 min. DVD X5538; vhs 999:2220
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Ethiopia

Harvest, Three Thousand Years. (Ethiopia, 1975)
Directed by Haile Gerima. Set in Ethiopia, a peasant family struggles for survival on the farm of a wealthy feudal landowner. The film's pace and visual style is geared to the rhythms of daily life, providing a sensitive portrayal of the details of everyday reality. The drama is set in motion by the peasant teen-age son and daughter who contest traditional social roles, the tyrannical behavior of the landowner and the visionary and revolutionary deeds of the local "madman." In Amharic with English subtitles. In Amharic with English subtitles. 150 min. 999:2103
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Gabon

Le Damier Papa National Oye! (The Draughtsmen Clash) (France | Zaire | Gabon, 1996)
Directed by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda. A wicked political satire about African dictators, this film tells the story of the president of a fictitious African nation who engages in a game of checkers with his political opponents. When he looses the game, the fate of the winners is not exactly unexpected in this hilarious send-up of living under tyranny. In French with English subtitles. 40 min. 999:1989
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Dôlè (Gabon | France, 1999)
Directed by Imunga Ivanga. Cast David Nguema Nkoghe, Emile Mepango Matala, Roland Nkeyi, Evrard Ella Okoue. The action takes place in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. This is where Mougler and his friends Baby Lee, Joker, Akson and Bezingo, four fifteen-year-old boys, live. These boys have to fend for themselves, except for Mougler who lives with Maradou, his mother. The gang is tired of thieving and is full of dreams of more ambitious jobs. The opportunity is given to them with the extremely popular betting kiosks in Dole. The temptation is great, and so are the risks. In French with English subtitles. 80 min. DVD X5659; vhs 999:3239
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Garritano, Carmela. "Troubled Men and the Women Who Create Havoc: Four Recent Films by West African Filmmakers." Research in African Literatures; Fall2003, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p159, 7p UC users only

Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene (The Great White Man of Lambarene). (Gabon | Cameroon | France, 1994)
Director: Bassek Ba Kobhio Cast: Andre Wilms, Marisa Berenson, Alex Descas, Elisabeth Bourgine, Philippe Maury Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek Ba Kobhio provides a revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Shot on the site of Schweitzer's hospital in Gabon, the film reveals him to be a man blinded to the people around him by his own spiritual self-absorption and arrogance. His paternalism leads him to cast Africans as childlike primitives to be protected from modernity, which for Ba 1995. 89 min. DVD X6515; Video/C 4558
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Ghana

Beyoncé: The President's Daughter (Ghana, 2006)
Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Cast: Van Vicker, Nadia Buari, Jackie Agyemang, Kalsum Sinari. Beyoncé, the president's daughter, meets Raj at the supermarket and falls in love with him. Raj is engaged to be married to Ciara, but Beyoncé doesn't intend for that to stand in her way. 341 min. DVD X4519

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Raj, the Dancer. Parts 1 & 2 (Ghana, 2010)
Directed by Van Vicker and Kalu Anya. Cast: Van Vicker, Kofi Ajorlolo, Gifty Temeg, Prince David Osi. Van Vicker plays a man who goes on a holiday trip with a friend and gets hosted by a retired military officer, Telio. Telio, who has an alcoholic problem maltreats his wife, Susan, and enjoys flirting. Raj steps in against his friend's will and love takes over. 145 min. DVD X4532

Raj, the Dancer. Part 3 (Ghana, 2010)
Directed by Van Vicker and Kalu Anya. Cast: Van Vicker, Kofi Ajorlolo, Gifty Temeg, Prince David Osi. Van Vicker plays a man who goes on a holiday trip with a friend and gets hosted by a retired military officer, Telio. Telio, who has an alcoholic problem maltreats his wife, Susan, and enjoys flirting. Raj steps in against his friend's will and love takes over. 145 min. DVD X4533

Guinea-Bissau

The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Udju Azul di Yonta) (Guinea-Bissau, 1991)
A film by Flora Gomes. Cast: Maysa Marta, Pedro Dias, António Simão Mendes, Mohamed Lamine Seidi, Bia Gomes. Uses the device of a young woman's search for the author of a love letter to explore the political and social environment in the former Portuguese overseas province of Portuguese Guinea, now the independent country of Guinea-Bissau. In Crioulo with English subtitles. 92 min. DVD X6508; vhs 999:1371

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Gray, Christopher. "The Blue Eyes of Yonta." (movie reviews)American Historical Review v101, n4 (Oct, 1996):1144 (3 pages). UC users only
Ogunfolabi, Kayode. "Tensions of Modernity in Flora Gomes's The Blue Eyes of Yonta." English Studies in Canada. Jun-Sep 2006. Vol. 32, Iss. 2/3; p. 141 (16 pages)
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Racevskis, Maija. "Applications of African cinema in the high school curriculum: A secondary teacher's views of Three Tales from Senegal." Research in African Literatures. Fall 1996. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; p. 98 (12 pages)UC users only
Ukadike, N. Frank. "In Guinea-Bissau, cinema trickles down: an interview with Flora Gomes." Research in African Literatures; 1995, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p179-185, 7p UC users only

Mortu Nega. (Guinea-Bissau , 1988)
Directed by Flora Gomes. Cast: Bia Gomes, Eugenio Almada, Uri Mamadu Baldo, M'Male Nhasse. "In 1973, independence was proclaimed, ending five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle. [This film], Gomes' first feature-length film, portrays this critical period in history through the story of one woman, Diminga, whose husband is fighting on the front lines. The camera captures Cabral's assassination, the ending of hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country struggling with drought and famine. The term "Mortu Nega" means those that death did not want, and Gomes films a ceremony using 3000 extras, in which survivors call upon the dead, asking them how they can go on living in such terrible conditions." In Portuguese with English subtitles. 93 min. DVD X6514; vhs 999:2126
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Ukadike, N. Frank. "In Guinea-Bissau, cinema trickles down: an interview with Flora Gomes." Research in African Literatures; 1995, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p179-185, 7pUC users only

Guinea-Conakry

Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea | France, 1997)
Directed by Mohamed Camara. Dakan is the first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. When Sori and Manga tell their parents they are in love they try to "cure" their sons by separating them. Manga is even subjected to a traditional purification ceremony in his ancestral village. The two sons dutifully try to live heterosexual lives. Sori marries a village woman and Manga becomes engaged to a white woman but Manga and Sori inevitably reunite to live out their "destiny". In French and Mandikan with English subtitles. 1997. 87 min. 999:1840
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Migraine-george, Thérèse. "Beyond the 'internalist' vs. 'externalist' debate: the local-global identities of African homosexuals in two films, Woubi Chéri and Dakan." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Jun2003, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p45-56, 12 p. UC users only

Ivory Coast

Faces of Women (Visages de femmes) (France / Ivory Coast, 1985)
Directed by Desiré Ecaré. Cast: Sidiki Bakaba, Kouado Brou, Albertine NGuessan. Two politically and stylistically adventurous films exploring the links between feminism, economics and tradition in modern-day Africa. In these intriguing stories about women in today's Africa, the first film centers on a young woman who is unhappily married and is attracted to her visiting brother-in-law. The second story centers around a successful businesswoman who tries to open a new restaurant, but runs into difficulties that only her daughter's traditional wiles can solve. 103 min. Video/C 999:2105
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Visages de Femmes (Faces of Women). (Ivory Coast, France, 1987)
Directed by Desire Ecare. Two politically and stylistically adventurous films exploring the links between feminism, economics and tradition in modern-day Africa. In these intriguing stories about women in today's Africa, the first film centers on a young woman who is unhappily married and is attracted to her visiting brother-in-law. The second story centers around a successful businesswoman who tries to open a new restaurant, but runs into difficulties that only her daughter's traditional wiles can solve. In indigenous languages and French with English subtitles. 103 min. 999:2105
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Woubi Cheri. (France | Ivory Coast, 1998)
Directors: Laurent Bocahut and Philip Brooks. Woubi Cheri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality. In French, with English subtitles. 62 min. Video/C 6312
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Crapo, Richley. "Woubi Cheri." American Anthropologist. Mar 2000. Vol. 102, Iss. 1; p. 154 (2 pages) UC users only
Migraine-george, Thérèse. "Beyond the 'internalist' vs. 'externalist' debate: the local-global identities of African homosexuals in two films, Woubi Chéri and Dakan." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Jun2003, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p45-56, 12 p. UC users only
Petty, Sheila. "Insight into a gay African world." Visual Anthropology; 2000, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p431-432, 2p

Kenya

Backlash(Kenya, 2005)
Directed and produced by Mary Migui. Cast: Joyce Gachanja, Reuben Odanga, Wambui Murima, Joseph Omari, Abubakar Mwenda, Sarah Muhoho. A wealthy family in Kenya hides the fact that their son is HIV-positive so that he can marry and provide them with a grandchild. 81 min. DVD X927

Benta(Kenya, 2007)
Directed by Mary Migui. Cast: Janet Kirina, Cajetan Boy, Salome Kinyanjui, Dan Mwangi, Nice Githinji, Betty Ngao, Melvin Alusa, Mike Rewa.Benta, a young girl from a well off family in Kenya finds her life turned around after her family dies in a road accident. She is forced to seek employment at the Fulani household to support her brothers. There she has to deal with the controlling Tabitha, lecherous Phillip, determined Dedan and spoilt Sheeana. 110 min. DVD X929

Green Card (Kenya, 2004)
Directed by Brutus Sirucha. Cast: Sam Khiu, Frederick Indimuli, Asha Khamisi, Sharon Keino. Robert and William are university graduates in computer engineering and marketing respectively. Their search for a well paying job has yielded nothing. In the meantime they work as casuals at a savings SACCO, where they come up with an idea to raise funds so that they can pay for green card applications through an agent. This is a Kenyan example of the straight-to-video production model. 75 min. DVD 9455

Help: Africa's Dilemma(Kenya, 2007)
Directed by Robby Bresson. Cast: Peter King, Mike Rewa, Makumi, Lucy Gacheru, Melvin Alusa, Mary Kathomi, James Irungu, Rebecca Wanjiku, Mwadulo Mwaghogho, Chomba Njeru, John Githui, Lucy Wellah, Godfrey Ojiambo, Rogers Otieno, David Lomunyak, Brian Laval, Richard Thande, Lucy Njoroge, Chepkoech Kiprotich, Teto Tutuma, Shifta Indimuli, Titus Mukabi, Nasio Nyabera. George Simba is embarking on a new bus transport business when he is suddenly reunited with his estranged 18 years old son, Lumumba. Their initial attempts to bond are complicated by the conniving Musa Milele, who has other plans for George's bus. The maiden trip of George's bus named "African Pride" and the attitude of her passengers, forms the back-drop of the film that seeks to highlight parallels in the different attitudes Africa has toward donor aid and the dilemma that present day Africa finds itself in, by posing the pertinent question: Does Africa really need--help? 81 min. DVD X930

Malooned (Kenya, 2007)
Directed by Bob Nyanja. Cast: Gabriella Mutia (Di), Godfrey Odhiambo (Luther), Charles Bukeko. Di, 28, beautiful, confident and just a bit spoilt gets trapped in a ladies toilet of the 15th floor of a Nairobi skyscraper with Luther on an Easter weekend of which the Monday would have been her wedding day. From their first meeting, Luther can see nothing makes this woman happy, especially the thought of spending her Easter weekend with him in a toilet. The two have no choice but to make the best of their situation by working together despite their differences finally finding in themselves and eachother unsuspected strengths. 105 min. DVD DVD 9067
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The Martyrs of Uganda: Fires of Hope (Kenya, 1996)
Director, Charles Mulekwa. Acted by a cast from the National Theatre of Uganda. This is the story of Alex, a young man with AIDS whose life is full of despair and hopelessness. Everything begins to change when on 3rd June, the Feast of the Martyrs of Uganda, catechist Mr. Wamala, reaches out to him. He starts to journey with Alex, helping him to discover the heroic lives of the martyrs of Uganda. Guided by Mr. Wamala, we relive the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries in Uganda. At the court of the King of Buganda many prominent people like Balikuddembe, Kaggwa, and Mulumba come to believe in Jesus. However due to the intrigues of the Prime Minister (Katikiro) and the traditional priests, the faith is soon severely put to the test. Balikuddembe is beheaded, Denis Ssebugwawo speared to death, and the rest are burnt alive. Alex, confronted with such heroism feels the power of hope and gains the courage to face his own inevitable death. VHS format (PAL). 45 min. 999:3742

Naliaka is Going (Kenya, 2003)
Directed by Albert Wandago. Cast: Benta Ochieng (Naliaka) ; Ken Ambani (Pik). Filmed in Kenya, this film is based on an authentic story about a 14 year old girl (Naliaka) who drops out of school to work as domestic help to sustain her family. She learns typing and improves her spoken and written English with assistance from her employers' children. Moving to the city, Naliaka works as a typist. She grows disenchanted with the job. At the same time her friend, Pik, driven by ulterior motives at first, begins to genuinely care for and fall in love with Naliaka. PAL format VHS tape. 85 min. 999:3741

Pieces for Peace (Kenya, 2008)
Cast: Josphat Nzia, Makumi, Nice Githingi, Andrew Muthure, Joseph Omari. Tough times / written and directed by Mburu Kimani -- LR 45 / written and directed by Robby Bresson. Pieces For Peace" tells two different yet interconnecting stories of ordinary Kenyans, living ordinary lives that are suddenly thrust into the scenarios connected and surrounding the post election crisis. Each highlights the effects of historical injustice & prejudice, institutionalized neglect, and the disregard of human rights by both the general population and the establishment. "Tough Times" tells the story of a couple desperately wanting to marry who are torn apart by their family's tribal prejudice. "LR 45" is about a family who where fighting over control of the family's only asset, a plot of land, but who now, given the post election violence must come to terms with each other. 68 min. DVD X4682

Please, Do Not Kill Me (Nakusihi usiniue) (Kenya, c1997)
Director, Jam Karanja. Sara, a school girl, becomes pregnant and is told that she will deliver during her O'Level Examinations. She is in dilemma whether to have an abortion or not. She receives conflicting advice and must struggle to a decision according to her conscience and faith. She finally decides to keep the baby. PAL format video. 33 min. 999:3743

The Race (Kenya, 200?)
Director, Mburu Kimani. Titus Maina, Mburu Kimani, Gatonye Mbugua. It all started as a good natured argument in the pub between Mrefu, the village transporter and Ngucu, the medicine man. But when the cobbler attempts to blackmail Ngucu into becoming part of the race and is laughed off, he takes the race as a matter of life and death. DVD X4681

Simbi nyaima (Kenya, 2004)
Directed by Albert Wandago. Cast: Iddi Achieng Majuek (old woman), Rachel Ouko (Achieng'), Dave Michael (chief), George Collins Owuor (Onyango), Steve Siaka (Okoko), Dorothy Opondo (Atieno). The tranquil and prosperous village of Simbi has just experienced a bountiful harvest and the chief throws a huge party. However, along comes a mysterious old and tired woman seeking food and a place to rest. Nobody is willing to host her except Achieng', the wife of Okoko. Simbi is based on an oral story from Nyanza in western Kenya which explains the existence of a mysterious lake by the same name. 30 min. Video/C 999:3810

Unseen, unsung, unforgotten (Kenya, 2008)
Directed by Mona Ombogo-Scott and Njoki Mbuthia. Cast: Nicholas Troy, Benta Ochieng', Mumbi Maina, Anthony K. Ndungu, Lydia N. Gitachu, Joyce W. Musoke. A drama following the lives of four Kenyans and how their lives are affected by AIDS. Taabu contracted HIV while in college in the United States. Returning to Kenya he leads the fight against AIDS stigmatization, but has yet to reveal his status to his girlfriend. Baraka works at a computer firm where he must keep his status secret or risk losing his job. Riziki has a string of boyfriends whom she sleeps with in return for the gifts they bestow. Eventually, her promiscuity comes home to roost and she must find a way forward. Neema is a widow and a mother of two whose husband died of AIDS a year ago. She now lives as an outcast in her community but must find a way to protect her children from the prejudice they face. c2008. DVD X2883

Wangai's Cross (Kenya, 2008)
Directed by Gitura-Kamau. Cast: Sam Otieno, Betty Kathungu-Furet, Carolyne Midimo, Joseph Omari, Kariuki Thige, Morris Munene Kathungu. Wangai is a man whose life has taken a turn for the worse in series of seemingly unrelated occurrences. His daughter, Angela, announces her engagement and her invitation of her fiancé's parents for her birthday party. But the party reveals new revelations that bring to a head all the tragedy of Wangai's life. 60 min. DVD X2884

Madagascar

Quand les Etoiles Rencontrent la Mer (When the Stars Meet the Sea) (France | Madagascar, 1966)
A film by Raymond Rajaonarivelo. A drama centering on a boy born during a lunar eclipse, according to tradition, an evil vintana or fate; which endowes him with revolutionary power and condemnes him to be trampled to death in a cattle corral. He is rescued however by a childless woman and the film traces his quest to break free of his destiny by offering love instead of vengeance and fear. In French and Malagasy dialogue with English subtitles. 77 min. vhs 999:1836
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Mali

Guimba, Un Tyrant une Époque (Guimba, the Tyrant) (Mali | Burkina Faso | Germany, 1995)
Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko. 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. In Bambara and Peul with English subtitles.1995. 93 min. DVD 3569; Video/C 4466
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Finzan: A Dance for the Heroes. (Mali, 1990)
A film by Cheick Oumar Sissoko. Tells the story of two women's rebellion. Nanyuma, a young widow, refuses her brother-in-law, the village fool, when he asserts his traditional right to "inherit" her. Fili, a young girl sent from the city by her conservative father, is brutally circumcised by the village women who are scandalized that she resists the age old custom. In Bambara with English subtitles. 107 min. vhs 999:498 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0121287/
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Faraw! Une Mère des Sables (Mother of the Dunes)(Mali, 1997)
Directed by Abdoulaye Ascofare. With three difficult children, a crippled, mentally unbalanced husband and no steady income, Zamiatou is poorest woman in an impoverished desert village in Mali. She could have plenty of money to survive if she would sell her daughter as a prostitute to nearby French settlers, but she refuses to do so. Unfortunately, her family situation continues to spiral downward and she is finally forced to seek outside help. In Songhai with English subtitles. 90 min. 999:1985
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Genesis (La Genèse) (France | Mali, 1999)
Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko. Genesis is given a new spin which recasts a famous story by relocating it in the nation of Mali and using a cast of African actors. Covering Chapters 23-37, it recounts the story of Esau whose birthright is stolen by his brother Jacob in exchange for a plate of beans. This allegorical tale combines an accurate interpretation of the Biblical story with relevant allusions to African history and culture. In Bambara with English subtitles. 102 min. DVD 3571; also VHS 999:2219
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Dovey, Lindiwe. "Humanizing the Old Testament's origins, historicizing genocide's origins : Cheick Oumar Sissoko's La genèse (1999)." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)
Diawara, Manthia. "New Perspectives in African Cinema: An Interview with Cheick Oumar Sissoko." Film Quarterly 41:2 (1987/1988:Winter) 43

Life on Earth (La Vie sur Terre) (Mali | Mauritania | France, 1998)
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. A fictional documentary by the filmmaker which points out the significance of the start of the 21st century and our so-called Information Age while the people in his father's village in Mali are still struggling to enter the 20th century. Originally broadcast in 1998 as part of a European television program: 2000 vu par. In French and Bambara with English subtitles. 61 min. DVD 380; VHS 999:2218
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Ta Dona (Fire!) (Mali, 1997)
Directed by Adama Drabo. Ta Dona is the story of the quest for secret knowledge by a young Bambara man. While working in a peasant village, the hero, Sidy, searches for the "seventh canari", a forgotten, secret Bambara herbal remedy used in childbirth. Faced with a scorching drought and a corrupt government, Sidy manages to save the village and rediscover the seventh canari. Bambara dialog with English subtitles. 1991. 102 min. 999:1842
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Haynes, Jonathan "Returning to the African Village. Jump Cut /40, Mar 96; p.62-66. On the theme of 'returning to the village' in African cinema by examining first features by directors in their thirties, incl. "Ma Fille ne Sera pas Exise", "Laada", "Sango Malo", "Ta dona".

Taafe Fanga (Pouvoir de Pagne) (Skirt Power) (Mali, 1997)
A film by Adama Drabo. A griot in present day Mali tells a story about women in an 18th century Dogon village. Fed up with male arrogance, one captures a powerful Albarga mask and terrorizes the men into assuming traditional women's roles. The humorous results convince everyone that women should be respected as complementary, yet equal, to men if society as a whole is to advance. In Dogon with English subtitles. 95 min. DVD X6511; vhs 999:1839

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Yeelen: Brightness. (Mali | Burkina Faso | France | West Germany, 1987)
Directed by Souleymane Cisse. Shows the destructive conflict between a father and son who vie with each other for knowledge of the secrets of nature. In Bambara wih English subtitles. 105 min. DVD 3573; also VHS 999:501
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Nigeria

Alice, My First Lady (Nigeria, 2006)
Directed by Chinny Ahaneku. Cast: Chinny Ahaneku, Sam Loco Efe, Patience Ozokwor, Nkeiru Sylvanus. Alice is a young woman who doesn't know that she has been living with a curse since she was 11 years old. She fights her way through to get what she wants, inflicting hurt to anyone who crosses her path. 235 min. DVD X4538
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Amina (Nigeria, 1999)
Directed by Ndubuisi Okoh. Cast: Pete Edochie, Kashimu Yaro, Olu Jacobs, Enebeli Elebuwa, Dalhatu Bawa, Azuku Chukwura. Nigeria, 1900: an ill and aging ruler reluctantly loses his grip on his kingdom. Intrigue, mistaken identity, greed, and murder have an effect on the old king's subjects, and on those with lust for the throne. 327 min. DVD X4515
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At All Costs (Parts 1&2) (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Ugezu J. Ugezu. Cast: Kenneth Okonkwo, Ini Edo, Tonto Dike, John Dumelo. The King of Obodare is looking for a wife and has sent his son Santos out to find one for him. Santos meets Jenny when she comes looking for a job at his company. She is with her friend Amuma and he invites them both to the palace with the intention of hooking up Jenny with his father. Nick is dating Princess but she is a raging alcoholic and he is fed up with her slobbish ways. He dumps her after a party where she attempts to make a pass at the king. In a side story Johnson has proposed to Jennifer numerous times but she is not interested. DVD X4526

At All Costs (Parts 3&4) (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Ugezu J. Ugezu. Cast: Kenneth Okonkwo, Ini Edo, Tonto Dike, John Dumelo. The King of Obodare is looking for a wife and has sent his son Santos out to find one for him. Santos meets Jenny when she comes looking for a job at his company. She is with her friend Amuma and he invites them both to the palace with the intention of hooking up Jenny with his father. Nick is dating Princess but she is a raging alcoholic and he is fed up with her slobbish ways. He dumps her after a party where she attempts to make a pass at the king. In a side story Johnson has proposed to Jennifer numerous times but she is not interested. DVD X4527

Beloved Twins (Nigeria, 200-?)
Directed by Nwokike Onyinye. Cast: Patience Ozokwor, Monalisa Chinda, Dez Majek. Two identical twins separated at birth, find each other again only to have a horrific plane crash force them into the hands of cruel relatives. 105 min. DVD X4517
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Check Mate (Nigeria 2009)
Directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso. Cast: Nadia Buari, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Ekow Blankson, Senanu Gbedawd. Kwame has made all the right moves in his life; a good job, a beautiful devoted wife, an adorable child, and an impending promotion as a senior customs officer at the airport. Hanging out on a weekend, he succumbs to a bet to seduce the attractive, sexy Caroline. But the games are just beginning when he realizes that Caroline's demand for his love is nothing compared to the demands of a drug lord who will do anything to get Kwame's assistance in smuggling drugs out of the country. 132 min. DVD X3556

Chelsea (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Moses Inwang. Cast: Majid Michel, Nadia Buari, John Dumelo, Brenda Bonsu. Will Chelsea be able to change the perceptions of Sly, who believes engagements are only fleeting encounters with no lasting meaning. 148 min. DVD X3567

Dangerous Angels (Nigeria, 2009)
Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Cast: Ini Edo, Nonso Diobi, Tonto Dike, Hamila Abubakar. Foxy mama is the head of a female cult group on campus called The Jezebels. The Jezebels are feared on campus and no one dares to cross them, no one except Amanda that is. Amanda has a run in with Foxy and they clash immediately. The rivalry becomes all the more serious when Foxy realises that Amanda is the daughter of her father's arch enemy. She is ready to exact her revenge on her father's behalf and so the war begins. 131 min. DVD X4525

Deadly Mistake (Nigeria, 2003)
Directed by Henry Czar Ejeta. Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Jayke Aernan, Emmanuel Armah, Chinyere Nwabueze. Confused and conflicted by her parents divorce, Anita, in an attempt to find true love makes an awful mistake that turns out deadly. 105 min. DVD X4518
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Deadly Price (Parts 1 & 2) (Nigeria 2010)
Directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips. Cast: Chioma Franklin Akpotha, Francis Duro, Amaechi Muonagor, Chinyere Wilfred, Queen Nwokoye. Princess Akweake is on the verge of marriage but who is fit to marry such a beautiful princess whose choices are limited? 123 min. DVD X3557

Deadly Price (Parts 3 & 4) (Nigeria 2010)
Directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips. Cast: Chioma Franklin Akpotha, Francis Duro, Amaechi Muonagor, Chinyere Wilfred, Queen Nwokoye. After being married to a prince from the evil forest, Princess Akweake is now in danger for her life, but who will risk his life to rescue her? 104 min. DVD X3558

Ezra (France / Nigeria / USA / UK / Austria, 2007)
Directed by Newton I. Aduaka. Cast: Mamoudu Turay Kamara, Mariame N'Diaye, Mamusu Kallon, Richard Gant, Mercy Ojelade, Emile Abossolo-Mbo, Merveille Lukeba, Abubakarr Karim Sawaneh, Ilario Bisi-Pedro, Cleophas Kabasiita, Wale Ojo, Yao Yankey Yankson. 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. 105 min. DVD 9205
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Final War (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Andy Nwakalor. Cast: Omotola Ekehinde, Uche Jumbo, Francis Duru, Maureen Solomon. In this sequel to Total War, Susan still loves Henry, a minister of God with a murderously dark past, now arrested and facing deportion to Liberia for judgment. 128 min. DVD X3564

Guilty Pleasures (Nigeria 2009)
Directed by Daniel Ademinokan. Cast: Ramsey Nouah, Majid Michel, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Mercy Johnson. A story of infidelity, betrayal, love and deceit, told through a conversation between two women in a travel agency. 136 min. DVD X3554

Heal My Soul (Nigeria, 2004)
Directed by Ephraim Onyemaechi. Cast: Olu Jacobs, Jim Iyke, Mercy Johnson, Yvonne Nelson. The story of an only son with very rich parents who causes problems both on campus and at home. Will there be a second chance for Chidi? 49 min. DVD X3562

I Will Die for You (Nigeria, 2003)
Directed by Charles Novia. Cast: Richard Mofe Damijo, Segun Arinze, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Mike Odiachi Matthew is recruited by a pro-democracy organization to spearhead their struggle against the military dictatorship. In the midst of the struggle he meets Alero, a victim of the atocities by the military, and knows he will have to make sacrifices to protect her. 96 min. DVD X4516
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Intimidations (Parts 3&4) (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Cast: Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Tonto Dikeh (Tonto Dike), Kofi Adjorolo. Zainab is due a visit home and her friend Aisha is accompanying her. Despite her father making reservations for the both of them to fly into Abuja, Zainab is hell bent on driving instead, seeking "adventure." Zainab definitely finds the adventure that she was looking for. At first they get lost and the car breaks down. They manage to get help with the help of a stranger but when sunset hits and the gas runs out they are left no option but to follow an intimidating stranger into the bush. It remains to be seen whether he is to be trusted or not... 104 min. DVD X4530

Intimidations (Parts 1&2) (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Cast: Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Tonto Dikeh (Tonto Dike), Kofi Adjorolo. Zainab is due a visit home and her friend Aisha is accompanying her. Despite her father making reservations for the both of them to fly into Abuja, Zainab is hell bent on driving instead, seeking "adventure." Zainab definitely finds the adventure that she was looking for. At first they get lost and the car breaks down. They manage to get help with the help of a stranger but when sunset hits and the gas runs out they are left no option but to follow an intimidating stranger into the bush. It remains to be seen whether he is to be trusted or not... 104 min. DVD X4531

Last Girl Standing (Nigeria, 2004)
Directed by John Uche. Cast: Jim Iyke, Stephanie Okereke, Empress Njamah, Alex Usifo, Robert Peters. Donald, a rich and popular young athlete feels he is above the law. But he meets his match in his neighbor Thilda. 158 min. DVD X4513
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Living Without You (Nigeria, 2005)
Directed by Henry Czar Ejeta. Cast: Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Ashley Nwosu, Doreen (Dorin) Oyesanya. A brilliant student desparately in love with Peggy but unable to find the courage to express his feelings, solicits the help of his best friend to woo her for him. 105 min. DVD X4520
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My American Nurse [Part 1] (Nigeria, 2006)
Directed by Pascal Atuma. Cast: Pascal Atuma, Vida Darko, Ashley Nwosu, Emeka Ani. Shehu, a Nigerian cab driver who's had less than stellar luck with women, recently had the misfortune of picking up a woman who wasn't one at all. Out of frustration, Shehu vows to never touch another American woman again. He travels home to Nigeria to find a wife and hang up his bachelor ways. His plan is to find a nurse so she can get certified in the USA and make enough money for him to stay home and drink beer if he so chooses. When Shehu returns to the USA with a new wife and a fresh outlook on life, he didn't count on his new wife learning the ways of the American woman. Now his wife has embraced her new-found identity, and Shehu is stuck trying to figure it all out. 99 min. DVD X4534
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My American Nurse [Part 2] (Nigeria, 2006)
Directed by Pascal Atuma. Cast: Pascal Atuma, Vida Darko, Ashley Nwosu, Emeka Ani. Shehu, a Nigerian cab driver who's had less than stellar luck with women, recently had the misfortune of picking up a woman who wasn't one at all. Out of frustration, Shehu vows to never touch another American woman again. He travels home to Nigeria to find a wife and hang up his bachelor ways. His plan is to find a nurse so she can get certified in the USA and make enough money for him to stay home and drink beer if he so chooses. When Shehu returns to the USA with a new wife and a fresh outlook on life, he didn't count on his new wife learning the ways of the American woman. Now his wife has embraced her new-found identity, and Shehu is stuck trying to figure it all out. 99 min. DVD X4535
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My Idol (Nigeria, 2008)
Directed by Tchidi Chikere. Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Yemi Blaq, Ofia Afuluagu Mbaka. Ifunanya, the princes of Edemele, suffers from a secret forbidden love for Obiozor, the warrior of Abia. Does love really conquer all? 124 min. DVD X4514
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My Mother's Tears (Nigeria, 2000?)
Directed by Ifeanyi Ogbonna. Cast: Pete Edochie, Ngozi Ezeonu, Tony Umez, Uche Jombo, Ikem Chude, Joy Helen Chima is in for revenge and his friends are willing to help him get back at whoever caused his mother’s sorrow which led to her death. Chima together with his friends holds the igwe [Chief] in council including his grandfather for ransome demanding money and an escort out of the village and that's just the beginning.... Sequel: Why Me, Father. 140 min. DVD X4536

Ola...The Morning Sun (Nigeria, 2004)
Directed by Andy Amenechi. Cast: Nonso Diobi, Stephanie Okereke, Pete Odochie. Ola, the highly protected princess of the land, is strongly attracted to a peasant and risks the wrath of her father, the king, who strongly detests the engagement. 186 min. DVD X3561

Palace of Romance (Nigeria, 200-?)
Directed by Iyke Odife. Cast: John Dumero, Ini Edo, Chioma Chukwuka, Ngozi Ezeonu. The palace has been seized by wayward women and the king is helpless as insatiable women are bent on bringing the kingdom down with romance. Can the kingdom survive? 105 min. DVD X4520

Pretty Queen (Nigeria, 200-?)
Directed by Dickson Iroegbu. Cast: Jackie Appiah, Majid Michel, Kofi Bucknor, Ekow Smith Asante. The king wishies his son Nabiya to wed the empress but he mistakenly dances with a beautiful commoner and falls in love. 148 min. DVD X4523
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Pride of a Princess (Nigeria, 200-?)
Directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. Cast: Jackie Appiah, Nonso Diobi, Chika Ike. Two princesses who compete with one another find themselves both pregnant by the same man. Now they compete to see who will win his heart. DVD X4511

Prince' Bride (Nigeria, 2009?)
Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Cast: Jackie Appiah, John Dumelo, Yvonne Nelson, Gavivina Tamakloe, Kalsoume Sinare. Solange falls for a prince after he takes her to the hospital following running her over with his car. The Prince is not enthused with her attentions, but when he finally decides to date Solange he meets and falls for her girlfriend, Bernice. 148 min. DVD X4524
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Real Wives (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Tchidi Chikere. Cast: Stephanie Okereke, Pat Ata, Chukwuma Uchegbu, Fati Zana. Stephanie is a lazy, rude and arrogant princess. When Fatima, her long lost half sister, comes back into the royal family she is challenged when suitors come to call and begin to pay more attention to Fatima who is well mannerd, but not very beautiful. Now Stephanie is jealous, mad as hell and the war is on. 130 min. DVD X3559

Romantic Attraction (Nigeria, 2003)
Directed by Dickson Iroegbu. Cast: Chioma Chukwuka, Zak Orji, Stella Ikwuegbe, Richard Mofe-Damijo. A loving family finds its bonds challenged when a tragedy occurs. 140 min. DVD X4522
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Royal Honor (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Tchidi Chikere. Cast: Jackie Appiah, Nonso Diobi, Chika Ike. Two princesses who compete with one another find themselves both pregnant by the same man. Now they compete to see who will win his heart. Sequel to Pride of a princess. DVD X4512

Silent Scandals (Nigeria 2009)
Written and produced by Vivian Ejike. Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Majid Michel, Uche Jombo, Ebele Okaro. Jessy, a pretty, young and very successful but uptight lady struggles with life as a career woman and single mother to a wild and free-spirited teenage daughter. Just as she learns to enjoy the new but fragile peace with her daughter who finally sobers up, a dark shadow rears its ugly head, threatening to destroy everything in its path. 163 min. DVD X3555

Thunderbolt (Nigeria, 2000?)
Directed by Tunde Kelani. This feature film focuses on Yinka from the Yoruba tribe and Ngozi, an Ibo, who meet in the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria. A retelling of the Othello story in an African setting, the seeds of jealousy are planted when a friend of Yinka, suggests that Ngozi is having a secret affair because "Ibo are untrustworthy." The film then becomes distinctly West African as the supernatural comes to the fore; curses and ritual cleansing take the place of psychological explanations. An old man warns Ngozi, who is accused of having AIDS, that her death is imminent and will strike her like a thunderbolt. 105 min. 999:3063

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Total War (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Andy Nwakalor. Cast: Omotola Ekehinde, Uche Jumbo, Francis Duru, Maureen Solomon. Susan finds herself torn between two equally strong emotions when her sister returns home from abroad for Susan's wedding to the perfect Pastor Henry, a minister of God with a murderously dark past. 144 min. DVD X3563

24th July (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Okey Zubelu Okoh. Cast: Yemi Blaq, Uche Jumbo, John Dumelo, Nse Kpe Etim. A woman flees in turmoil when three good looking men all say "I really need you in my life..." 142 min. DVD X3568

What Babes Want (Obama Girls) (Parts 1&2) (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Prince Iyke Olisa. Cast: Chika Ike, Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jombo, Ify Ejikeme. They are the talk of the city; the biggest babes in town possessed with so much power and wealth...until they fall on bad times. What can they do? Should they hold out or join the "Leading Team"? 105 min. DVD X4528

What Babes Want (Obama Girls) (Parts 3&4) (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Prince Iyke Olisa. Cast: Chika Ike, Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jombo, Ify Ejikeme. They are the talk of the city; the biggest babes in town possessed with so much power and wealth...until they fall on bad times. What can they do? Should they hold out or join the "Leading Team"? 105 min. DVD X4529

Why Me, Father? (Nigeria, 2000?)
Directed by Ifeanyi Ogbonna. Cast: Pete Edochie, Ngozi Ezeonu, Tony Umez, Uche Jombo, Ikem Chude, Joy Helen Adaku's father Odumodu chases away almost every suitor that comes to seek her hand in marriage simply because they are not rich. Finally Emeka, a very well to do young man comes her way, and this time her father accepts him but, the demands after her marriage are unbearable. Sequel to My mothers tears. 120 min. DVD X4537

Widow's Tears (Nigeria, 2010?)
Directed by Ifeanyi Ikpoengi. Cast: Ali Nuhu, Patience Ozorkwo, Chinyere Winifred, Mike Enzuronye. Joan has a tendency to steal but doesn't know what causes her behavior. 106 min. DVD X3565

Senegal

Ainsi meurent les anges (Senegal, 2001)
Director: Moussa Sene Absa. Mory is a troubled Senegalese poet living outside Paris with his French wife and their children. His marriage falls apart under cross-cultural pressures, specifically his father's demand that he take a second wife in Senegal. Homeless in winter, separated from his children, his poems scattered over a Paris street, Mory returns to Senegal, penniless and with uncertain prospects. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 57 min. 999:3240
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Garritano, Carmela. "Troubled Men and the Women Who Create Havoc: Four Recent Films by West African Filmmakers." Research in African Literatures; Fall2003, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p159, 7p UC users only

Black Girl (La Noire de--) (Senegal/France, 1966)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A young Senegalese servant girl accompanies a white family in its move to France. Harsh treatment leads her to lose all self-esteem and she commits suicide. The couple returns to Dakar to offer the girl's parents money, but they refuse it. The film raises questions on neo-colonialism, migrant workers and passivity vs. protest. In French with English subtitles. 56 min. DVD 5341; vhs 999:3114
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Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) (Senegal, 1963)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. Tells the story of a cart-taxi driver who goes to the city to make a living, but out of sympathy with other poverty-stricken people, works for free and goes hungry himself. In Wolof and French with English subtitles. 20 min. DVD 5341; vhs 999:3110
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Ça Twiste à Poponguine(Senegal, 1993)
A film by Moussa Sene Absa. A coming of age story set in a remote Senegalese beachside village during the week before Christmas, 1964, where the local teenage boys are divided into rival cultural camps. The "Ins" ("Inseparables") style themselves after French pop stars, attend school, have all the girls--but no record player. Their rivals, the "Kings," style themselves after African-American blues legends, they work as fishermen, don't have any girls--but they do have a record player. In French with English subtitles. 90 min. DVD X6495; vhs 999:1322
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Racevskis, Maija. "Applications of African cinema in the high school curriculum: A secondary teacher's views of Three Tales from Senegal." Research in African Literatures. Fall 1996. Vol. 27, Iss. 3; p. 98 (12 pages)UC users only

Camp de Thiaroye (Algeria/Senegal/Tunisia, 1987)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A fact-based film which deals with African troops in the French army at the end of World War II, a turning point in African history when the colonial myth of white superiority began to collapse and an African consciousness emerged. The film opens with repatriated Senegalese infantrymen being placed in a transit camp ostensibly for temporary internment before discharge. The real purpose, however, is to reestablish the structures of white oppression disrupted by the war. A dispute over pay soon escalates into full-scale rebellion, culminating in a massacre. 152 min. DVD X731; vhs 999:3109
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Ceddo (Senegal, 1978)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A religious conflict characterizes this drama set in late 19th century Senegal when the local king becomes a Muslim and decides to break up the small Catholic congregation in the village of the Ceddo. The people revolt against the change and kidnap a princess. Eventually the kidnappers are killed and the princess is brought back to the village to confront the Imam, as all the villagers are being given Muslim names. This film was banned in Senegal because the government disagreed with the director's spelling of the word "Ceddo," which they insisted should be spelled with one "d." In Wolof and French with English subtitles. 112 min. 999:3113
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Emitai (Senegal, 1971)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. Depicts the clash between French colonialists and the Diolas, an African tribe, in the closing days of World War II. The film highlights the history and myths of this Senegalese tribe. In Diola and French with English subtitles. 101 min. 999:3112
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Faat Kiné (Senegal, 2000)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. This deceptively light domestic drama of Faat Kine, a gas station operator, is in reality a tribute to the everyday heroism of African women. It follows her through several average days, interspersed with brief flashbacks that recall the struggles that made her quiet achievements possible. Not so much a drama of events, as a drama of recognition, it becomes clear that traditional roles between African men and women no longer apply and that it is time to start calling things by their real names. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 121 min. DVD 9528; vhs 999:3062
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Guelwaar (France | Germany | Senegal, 1992)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. When Guelwaar, a political activist and a Christian, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetary, family members and political and religious leaders become embroiled in a dispute that mirrors the strained ethnic relations existing in Senegalese society. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 115 min. 999:3111
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Hyenas (Hyènes) (Senegal, 1992)
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. An old woman who has become rich returns to create all kinds of trouble. Based on "Der Besuch der alten Dame" by Friedrich Durrenmatt. In French with English subtitles. 113 min. DVD 3572; VHS 999:1152
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Karmen Geï (Senegal | France | Canada, 2001)
Directed by Joseph Gaï. The first African Carmen, based on Bizet's celebrated opera, and arguably, the first African filmed "musical." Like every Carmen, Karmen Gei is about the infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions and human limitations which constrain the desire. Here Karmen transgresses every convention, escaping prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden and then wrecking the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who in a fit of jealous rage stabs her. Contains much singing and dancing with Bizet's score replaced with indigenous Senegalese music and choreography. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 82 min. DVD 3568; also VHS 999:3238
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Dovey, Lindiwe. "African incar(me)nation : Joseph Gaï Ramaka's Karmen gaï(2001)." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)
Garritano, Carmela. "Troubled Men and the Women Who Create Havoc: Four Recent Films by West African Filmmakers." Research in African Literatures; Fall2003, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p159, 7p UC users only
Grabski, J. "Karmen Gei." African Arts v. 38 no. 4 (Winter 2005) p. 83-4, 96 UC users only
Powrie, Phil. "Politics and embodiment in Karmen Geï." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Vol XXI nr 4 (Oct-Dec 2004); p 283-291UC users only
Scott, Anna Beatrice. "Karmen Gei." Dance Research Journal. Winter 2003-Summer 2004. Vol. 35-36, Iss. 2-1; p. 203 (6 pages)UC users only

The Little Girl Who Sold The Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil) (Senegal, 1998)
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. A parable which uses the struggles of a young crippled girl in Dakar trying to earn her living in the market place selling newspapers to mirror Africa's role in the international marketplace. In Wolof with English subtitles. 44 min. DVD X5540; vhs 999:2224
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Madame Brouette (L'Extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette) (Canada / Senegal / France, 2002)
Directed by Moussa Sene Absa. Cast: Rokhaya Niang, Aboubacar Sadikh Ba, Kadiatou Sy, Nd`eye Seneba Seck, Ousseynou Diop. Madame Brouette is a proud and independent mother and street vendor in Senegal who has aspirations to rise out of poverty by opening a cafe, until her boyfriend is found murdered and she is the only suspect. In French with optional English subtitles. 104 min. DVD 4065
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Mandabi. (France | Senegal, 1968)
Directed by Ousmane Sembene. This story about a man in Senegal who receives a money order that threatens to destroy the traditional fabric of his life, is used to point out the problems of modern Africa as a civilization struggling to recapture its own rich heritage after colonial corruption. In Wolof with English subtitles. 90 min. 999:2342
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Niang, Sada. "Mandabi (The Money Order)." (movie reviews) African Arts Jan 1993 v26 n1 p83(3)

The Master (Nigeria, 2010)
Directed by Andy Amenechi. Cast: Nkem Owoh, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Sunny Harp, Avinaash Bhavnaani. Deported back to Nigeria from Europe, Dennis is miserable. Duped by fraudsters he is recruited into their ranks. How will he thrive in this new business? 205 min. DVD X3560

Moolaadé (Senegal / France / Burkina Faso / Cameroon / Morocco / Tunisia, 2004)
Directed by Ousmane Sembene. Cast: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Helene Diarra, Salimata Traore, Dominique T. Zeida, Mah Compaore, Aminata Dao. Set in a small village, four young girls face ritual "purification" decide to flee to the household of Colle Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Colle invokes the time-honored custom of moolaade (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Colle against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. 124 min. DVD 9323
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Ndeysaan (Le prix du pardon; The Price of Forgiveness) (Senegal / France, 2001)
Directed by Mansour Sora Wade. Cast: Hubert Kounde, Rokhaya Niang, Gora Seck, Alioune Ndiaye. In a mythical pre-colonial fishing village on the south coast of Senegal, a strange ocean mist hangs over the waters for weeks and the local fishermen fear to go out to sea. One son of a wise elder decides to take his boat onto the waters and returns when the mist lifts with a full catch. He has become a hero, and has won the heart of the prettiest girl in the village, but has also won the envy of his best friend, who also covets the girl. Based on the book: 'Le prix du pardon' / by Mbissane Ngom. In Wolof with English subtitles. 91 min. Video/C 999:3625
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Niaye (Senegal, 1964)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. Cast: SOW, Aslou Ndiaye, Mame Dia, Modo Sene. A young, unwed girl is pregnant and causes a scandal in the village. 35 min. DVD X2093
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Saaraba: Utopia. (Senegal, 1988)
Directed by Amadou Seck. A young Senegalese returns to his country after 19 years of exile in France. He had hoped to find his roots, but instead is disillusioned by government corruption, alienation among young city dwellers, and apathetic family and friends. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 81 min. 999:503
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Tableau Ferraille (Senegal | France, 1997)
Director, Moussa Sene Absa. A film set in Senegal which tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician, must choose between two social paradigms exemplified by his two wives; Gagnesiri, a dignified traditional village woman, and Kine, a Western educated woman who chides Daam for not using his position to acquire personal wealth. The film offers a view of how modernization, as practiced in today's Africa, corrodes traditional communities and retards grassroots development. In French and Wolof; subtitles in English. 89 min. DVD X6510; vhs 999:1838
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Three Tales from Senegal. (Library of African Cinema)
Le Franc / un film de Djibril Diop Mambety (45 min.) -- Picc mi / un film de Mansour Sora Wade (20 min.) -- Fary l'Anesse / un film de Mansour Sora Wade (17 min.). Le Franc is a parable about the plight of everyday Africans buffeted by the changing winds of the international monetary system. Picc Mi (Little bird) is a story of two destitute boys who escape the predatory demands of adults to spend one day of freedom together. Fary l'anesse (Fary, the donkey) is a tale of a man led into folly by his pursuit of the perfect woman. When he thinks he has finally found her, she turns out to be a donkey. In Wolof with English subtitles. Le Frac: DVD X5540; Video/C 4128; Others on Video/C 4128 only

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Higgins, Ellie. " Urban Apprenticeships and Senegalese Narratives of Development: Mansour Sora Wade's Picc Mi and Djibril Diop Mambety's La petite vendeuse de Soleil." Research in African Literatures, Fall2002, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p54, 15p UC users only

Touki-Bouki. (Senegal, 1973)
Directed by Djibril diop Mambety. Tells the story of two cousins desperate to escape the Senegal shantytown where they live. Dreaming of winning wealth and power in France, they try gambling, stealing and prostitution to get the money for their passage. At the last moment however they bolt from their ship after concluding that Western consumer culture is just another trap. In Wolof with English subtitles. 86 min. DVD 4308; vhs 999:1323
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Williams Patrick. "'Entering and leaving modernity' - utopia and dystopia in Mambety's Touki bouki and Hyènes." In: The seeing century : film, vision and identity / edited by Wendy Everett. Amsterdam ; Atlanta : Rodopi, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.25 .S44 2000)

Xala (The Curse) (Senegal, 1975)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. In a mythical African country, a rich, self-made businessman and member of the post-colonial ruling elite takes on a third wife to show the world his wealth, only to be stricken by a curse resulting in impotency. His efforts at getting cured lead to disasterous yet comical results. Inspired by the novel by Sembene Ousmane (PQ3989.S46 X3; PR9344.5.A4 no.175 Main Stack also other editions). In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 119 min. DVD 4105; vhs PAL format. DVD 4105; vhs 999:167
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South Africa

African Jim (Aka Jim Comes to Jo'burg) (South Africa, 1949)
Cast: Daniel Adnewmah, Dolly Rathebe, Dan Twala, Sam Maile. 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. 51 min. DVD X1332 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4008

Dovey, Lindiwe; Impey, Angela. "African Jim: sound, politics, and pleasure in early 'black' South African cinema." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Jun2010, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p57-73, 17p UC users only

The Bang Bang Club (Canada | South Africa, 2010)
Directed by Steven Silver. Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch. As apartheid comes to a violent end in South Africa, four fearless combat photographers, bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, risk their lives to capture the bloody struggle and expose the truth. Based on true-life experiences. Based on the book by Greg Marinovich and João Silva. 108 min. DVD X6195
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Boesman & Lena (South Africa, 1999)
Directed by John Berry. Cast: Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Willie Jonah. Examines the devastating effects of racism on the human spirit through the progress of one couple's life together under Apartheid, as they are pushed from the bucolic Eden of South African farmlands into a makeshift shelter on the mudflats near Cape Town. Based on the play by Athol Fugard. 84 min. DVD 693
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Bunny Chow (South Africa, 2005)
Directed by John Barker. Cast: David Kibuuka, Kim Engelbrecht, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien, Jason Cope, Keren Neumann. Three aspiring young Johannesburg comedians find humor in relationships, hang out with friends, and go on a raucous road trip to Oppi Koppi, South Africa's largest music festival. 94 min. DVD X2500
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Dark City. (South Africa, 1990)
Directed by Chris Curling. A political thriller set in South Africa in the mid 1980s. 98 min. 999:938

Disgrace(Australia | South Africa, 2008)
Directed by Steve Jacobs. Cast: John Malkovich, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney, Fiona Press, Antoinette Engel. Professor David Lurie is a man whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the novel by J.M. Coetzee. 118 min. DVD X6541
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Forgiveness (South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Ian Gabriel. Tertius Coetzee, a white former South African policeman who tortured and killed black anti-apartheid activists including the African National Congress member Daniel Grootboom, seeks out the Grootboom family to ask for forgiveness. 113 min. DVD 9206
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In a Time of Violence (South Africa, 1994)
Directed by Brian Tilley. A story concerning changing values, violent cultural and political clashes and conflict among black families in Johannesburg, South Africa. In Zulu with English subtitles. 151 min. 999:1153
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Inja(Australia / South Africa, 2001)
Writer, director, Steve Pasvolsky. A South African landowner goes to great extremes to separate a Black boy and his puppy. 17 min. DVD 6336
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Lucky
Directed by Arvie Luthra. Produced in South Africa, this short film tells the story of Lucky, an AIDS orphan desperate to leave his rural Zulu village for the bright lights of Durban. Full of excitement and hope, he has to learn about life the hard way through an unlikely bond with a racist Indian neighbor. 18 min. DVD 6722

Malunde (South Africa / Germany, 2001)
Directed by Stefanie Sycholt. Cast: Ian Roberts, Kagiso Mtetwa, Winston Ntshona, Mosa Kaiser, Wilmien Roussouw. Wonderboy is a paint-huffing, young black boy living os the streets of Johannesburg. Kobus is a middle-aged Afrikaner soldier who is down on his luck, trying to sell furniture wax. Their paths cross when Wonderboy takes refuge from an angry drug dealer in Kobus's van. Kobus unwittingly drives to Cape Town with Wonderboy in tow. While Kobus is hoping to sell some wax, Wonderboy is hoping to find his mother there. The two soon form a bond in spite of themselves. 113 min. DVD 2713
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Mapantsula.(1988)
Directed by Oliver Schmitz. Cast: Thomas Mogotlane, Marcel Van Heerden, Thembi Mtshali, Dolly Rathebe, Peter Sephuma, Darlington Michaels, Eugene Majola, Panic is a mapantsula, a Zulu term for a petty crook. Set in South Africa, he is imprisoned with Anti-apartheid activists. There he is transformed into a man willing to become involved with social change. 100 min. DVD X6499; Video/C 1450

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Schmitz, Oliver. Mapantsula: The Book. Fordsburg, South Africa: Congress of South African Writers; Johannesburg: Thorold's Africana Books [distributor, 1991]. UCB Main PN1997 .M373 1991
Maingard, J. "New South African Cinema: 'Mapantsula' and 'Sarafina'. Screen, 1994 Fall, V35 N3:235-243.
Beittel M. "Mapantsula: Cinema, Crime, and Politics on the Witwatersrand" Journal of South African Studies, 1990 Dec., V16 N4:751-760.
Davies, Matt. "Mapantsula." (movie reviews) Africa Today v37, n1 (Wntr, 1990):97 (3 pages).
Dandridge-Perry, Cheryl. "Mapantsula." (movie reviews) African Arts v23, n3 (July, 1990):88 (2 pages).
Worger, William H. "Mapantsula." (movie reviews) American Historical Review v97, n4 (Oct, 1992):1141 (3 pages).

Nagstappie (A Walk in the Night) (South Africa, 1998)
Directed by Mickey Madoda Dube. Recounts a single terrible night in South Africa when the fragile world of Mikey Adonis, a young coloured steel worker, disintegrates; illustrates how a decent man can be driven to an act of brutality by a racist society which humiliates him at every turn. Adaptation of an Alex La Guma short story. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles. 79 min. DVD X6501; vhs 999:2222

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Dovey, Lindiwe. "From black and white to "coloured" : racial identity in 1950s and 1990s South Africa in two versions of A walk in the night." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)
Dovey, Lindiwe. " 'Redeeming features : from "Tsotsi" [1980] to "Tsotsi" [2006]." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 143-164, 2007 UC users only

Shirley Adams (South Africa | USA | UK, 2009)
Directed by Oliver Hermanus. Cast: Denise Newman, Keenan Arrison, Emily Child, Theresa Sedras, Gamiet Peterson. In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother, Shirley Adams, struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley's faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. 92 min. DVD X6720
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Skin (UK | South Africa, 2008)
Directed by Anthony Fabian. Cast: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge, Ella Ramangwane. Despite being born to Afrikaner parents, Sandra faces prejudice from her community due to her dark skin and African features. Torn between her family and the man she loves, Sandra must overcome the racial intolerance of her society in this uplifting true story. 107 min. DVD X5290

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Song of Africa (South Africa, 1951)
A film by Emil Nofal. In this all Black production directed by an Afrikaner a Zulu band leader, Daniel Makiza, returns to his village with a gramophone and musical instruments determined to start a Zulu jazz band. He takes his band to the city where their jazz contest performance constitutes the body of the film. This film, produced at the inception of apartheid, contains many of the cliches and self-delusions that were to make apartheid tenable. The cosmetic world depicted is completely in harmony with Afrikaner Nationalist philosophy, a mass fantasy indulged by thousands of Afrikaners. 59 min. Video/C 5812

Soweto Green (South Africa, 1994)
Directed by David Lister. Dr. Curtis Tshabalala, a South African expatriate living in Beverly Hills with his American wife Cora returns to his Soweto homeland with hopes of planting trees and dreams of a utopian South Africa. Cora's delicate sensibilities are offended when she sees the shanty town Curtis calls home and the goat sacrifice ceremony that welcomes them. A comedy of manners and errors ensues as the doctor attempts to beautify his homeland: Old attitudes and prejudices still prevail and cross-cultural communication faulters in a nation in the throes of an identity crisis. 100 min. 999:2676
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Tsotsi (South Africa, 2005)
Directed by Gavin Hood. Cast: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano, Zenzo Ngqobe, Zola. A young man running with a criminal gang on the streets of Johannesburg, Tsotsi - a nickname meaning thug - is immersed in a world of violence that seems to leave him unaffected, until he discovers an infant in the backseat of a car he has stolen. 83 min. DVD 5803
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Awards

Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award

Archibald, David. "Violence and Redemption: An Interview with Gavin Hood" Cineaste 31. 2 (2006 Spring): 44-47. UC users only
Barnard, Rita "Tsotsis: On Law, the Outlaw, and the Postcolonial State." Contemporary Literature 49. 4 (2008 Winter): 541-572. UC users only
Dovey, Lindiwe. "Redeeming features : screening HIV/AIDS, screening out rape in Gavin Hood's Tsotsi." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)
Dovey, Lindiwe. " 'Redeeming features : from "Tsotsi" [1980] to "Tsotsi" [2006]." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 143-164, 2007 UC users only
Ellapen, Jordache Abner "The cinematic township : cinematic representations of the "township space" and who can claim the rights to representation in post-apartheid South African cinema." Journal of African Cultural Studies Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 113-137, 2007 UC users only
Frus, Phyllis, Williams, Christy "Post-Colonial Transformation: The Rejection of English in Gavin Hood's Tsotsi" In: Beyond adaptation : essays on radical transformations of original works / edited by Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN171.A33 B49 2010)
Haupt, Adam; Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm "Redemption to a kwaito beat: Gavin Hood's 'Tsotsi." Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa, 2007, Vol. 4, p29-46, 18p
Hay, Rod. "Out of the Ghetto: 'Tsotsi' and South African Cinema." Screen Education, 2006 Issue 44, p70-75, 6p UC users only
Jacobsen, Kurt. "Torturers in Pinstripe Suits." New Politics. Winter 2008. Vol. 11, Iss. 4; pg. 127, 4 pgsUC users only
Lehman, Daniel "Tsotsi Transformed: Retooling Athol Fugard for the Thabo Mbeki Era." Research in African Literatures 42. 1 (2011 Spring): 87-101 UC users only

Die Voortrekkers (aka Colonizing a Nation) (USA, 1915)
Director: Harold M. Shaw. Cast: Percy Marmont, Edna Flugrath, Edna Flugrath. 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. 58 min. Video/C 4007
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Maingard, Jacqueline. "Colonizing 'nation': De Voortrekkers (1916)." In: South African national cinema / Jacqueline Maingard. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S6 M35 2007)

Wooden Camera. (France / UK / South Africa, 2003)
Directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli. Cast: Junior Singo, Innocent Msimango, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Dana De Agrella. From South Africa comes a compelling story of fate and friendship as two boys make a simple choice that alters their lives forever....this richly multilayered story offers an insightful look into the challenges facing post-Apartheid South Africa while telling an enchanting tale of a sweet artistic soul finding his true self. 105 min. DVD 4104
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The World Unseen (South Africa | UK, 2007)
Directed by Shamim Sarif. Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen, Grethe Fox, David Dennis, Colin Moss. In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, free-spirited Amina meets Miriam, a traditional wife and mother. Their unexpected attraction pushes Miriam to question the rules that bind her, forcing both women to face outrage and violent disapproval. Based on the novel by Shamim Sarif. 94 min. DVD X3476
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Yesterday (South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Darrell Roodt. Cast: Kenneth Khambula, Leleti Khumalo, Harriet Lenabe, Lihle Mvelase, Camilla Walker. After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and a young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa. 95 min. DVD 5042
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Zonk! (South Africa, 1950)
Directed by Hyman Kirstein. In the early 1950's, at the beginning of apartheid with its racial segregation and classification, this film was produced by Africans with an all Black African cast. It is a series of musical numbers, relying heavily on American Hollywood stereotypes of the black entertainer. The music ranges from 'Dixie' presentations to Harlem dance-hall, to Broadway top-hat and tie. In imitation of Al Jolson from the American minstrel tradition, one performance presents a black man imitating a white man in blackface. 58 min. Video/C 5813

Maingard, Jacqueline. "'Bokkies/moffies': cinematic images of black sexual identity in 'Zonk!' [1950]." Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 25-43, 2003 UC users only

Maingard, Jacqueline. "All that jazz: representing black identities in Zonk! (1950) and Song of Africa (1951)." In: South African national cinema / Jacqueline Maingard. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S6 M35 2007)

White Wedding (South Africa, 2009)
Directed by Jann Turner. Cast: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jodie Whittaker, Zandile Msutwana. Set against South Africa's breathtaking landscapes, a high-spirited modern day road comedy about love, commitment, intimacy, friendship, and the unbelievable obstacles that can get in the way of a fairy-tale ending. Ayanda is just days away from her lifelong dream of a modern 'white wedding.' The only problem is that her husband-to-be, the sweet, committed Elvis, is 1,000 miles away. 98 min. DVD X5452
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Zulu Love Letter (South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Ramadan Suleman. Cast: Pamela Nomvete Marimbe, Sophie Mgcina, Kurt Egelhof. It is ten years since the last vestiges of apartheid's political regime were dismantled. For the average South African, the notion of the struggle has been all too quickly relegated to the past. But for Thandi, a journalist suffering from writer's block, a more profound struggle continues to rage within. Living in a nation that seems too eager to forget its past, Thandi cannot shake the gnawing sense of guilt that continues to alienate her from her own family. 100 min. DVD 5310
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Togo

Ashakara (Togo / Switzerland, 1991)
Directed by Louis Mouchet. In this modern African tale set in Togo, an African doctor finds a cure to a deadly virus and decides to mass produce the drug at low cost in Africa. However, a pharmaceutical multinational does not want the doctor to succeed and sends an agent to Africa, first to buy the drug, then to destroy it. In African dialects and French with English subtitles. 94 min. 999:1988

Zaire

La Vie est Belle: Life is Rosy. (Belgium | France | Zaire, 1987)
Directors: Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy. Tells of the rags to riches story of a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. In French with English subtitles. 83 min. DVD X1974; vhs 999:504
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Zimbabwe

Flame. (Zimbabwe, 1996)
Directed by Ingrid Sinclair. One of the most controversial films ever produced in Africa (seized by the police during editing), this feature film not only exposes past abuses but continuing divisions within Zimbabwean society, especially against women and peasants. It is the story of two close friends, Florence and Nyasha as they train and fight as soldiers in the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, but after liberation find their lives little changed. 85 min. DVD X6494; 999:1847
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Jit. (Zimbabwe, 1990)
Directed by Michael Raeburn. The beat of jit-jive drives the story, set in Zimbabwe, of a fun-loving youth called UK, who is determined to win the heart of Sofi, a stately beauty closely guarded by her gangster boyfriend. UK's efforts are both helped and hindered by Jukwa, a pesty ancestral spirit. 92 min. 999:1093
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Films Set In/About Africa

Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson (1930)
The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journeyed across Africa in the 1920s and 30s, encountering and filming many forms of native wildlife and people 79 min. DVD 5965

Africa Screams (1949)
Directed by Charles Barton. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello. Starving cannibals, ferocious lions and awesome apes terrorize Abbott and Costello in this African adventure. 79 min. DVD 1299
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Africa Dreaming(1997)
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 (28 min.).

Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming. In Sophia'sHomecoming (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. 51 min. DVD X6496; Video/C 5400

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Africa Speaks!
Narrator, Lowell Thomas. Documentary account of Paul Hoefler's photography expedition through central Africa in 1928-1929. Containing many varied and interesting shots of African tribes and wildlife, the film footage from it was later interpolated into many jungle-themed adventure movies. Originally released as a motion picture in 1930. 60 min. Video/C MM536
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African Journey (1970)
Director, George Bloomfield. Luke, a high-school student from Canada, gets more than he bargains for on a trip to East Africa. He and Temba, an African youth, search for their fathers who have been in a mining accident. The two forge a lasting friendship as each discovers how much they have in common despite their vastly different cultures. 173 min. 999:3050
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Adanggaman (France / Switzerland / Ivory Coast / Burkina Faso / Italy, 2000)
Director, Roger Gnoan M'Bala. Cast: Rasmane Ouedraogo, Albertine N'Guessan, Bintou Bakayoko, Honore Goore Bi Ziable. In West Africa during the late 17th century a strong-willed young man (Ossei) sets out to rescue his mother when their village is raided. His quest leads him to the stronghold of the dreaded King Adanggaman, an arrogant despot who thrives on the slave trade and uses fierce female warriors to enforce his power. One of these Amazons, herself a former slave, falls in love with Ossei, and they escape to the bush. Special feature: Historical viewpoint from Fritz Umbach, Professor of World History, John Jay College, City University of New York. In Bambara, Baule and French with English subtitles. 85 min. DVD 8776
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Baboona (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Baboona: An Aerial Epic Over Africa
Early 20th century naturalists and explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson journey across Africa in 1935 in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming African natives and many forms of wildlife including lions, rhino, elephants, and especially a large population of baboons. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 73 min. Video/C MM304

Besieged (Italy / UK, 1998)
Director, Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang. After her husband is arrested in Africa, Shandurai flees to an enchanting villa in Rome where she gains employment working for an eccentric recluse and falls in love. 92 min. DVD 6824
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Beyond the Gates (aka Shooting Dogs) (UK / Germany, 2005)
Director, Michael Caton-Jones. Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Clare-Hope Ashitey. A powerful re-telling of the true events of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. In April 1994 the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda crashes and the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, Christopher, a Catholic priest and Joe Connor, an idealistic English teacher give sanctuary to twenty-five hundred Rwandans survivors in the school, which is under the protection of the UN Belgian force and under siege from the Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia. Filmed in the original location of the scenes it portrays with many survivors of the massacre employed as part of the production crew and in minor acting roles. 112 min. DVD 8785
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Black and White in Color (Noirs et Blancs en Couleur) (France, 1977)
Director, Jean-Jacques Annaud. A classic farce whose comedy is enlivened by the antic clash of African versus European customs. A French-African settlement's idyllic life is rudely interrupted in 1915 by news of war in Europe. French dialogue, English subtitles. 88 min. DVD 1667
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Blood Diamond(USA / Germany, 1977)
Director, Edward Zwick. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, Arnold Vosloo, Jimi Mistry, Stephen Collins, David Harewood, Basil Wallace, Benu Mabhena, Ntare Mwine, Ato Essandoh. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, an ex-mercenary turned smuggler and a Mende fisherman join forces to find a rare, hugely valuable pink diamond, as well as rescue the fisherman's son from the brutal rebel forces into which he was forcibly conscripted. Disc 1: Special features: Commentary with director Edward Zwick [audio feature]; theatrical trailer (2 min.). Disc 2: Special features: [Featurettes] Blood on the stone / written and presented by Sorious Samura (51 min.) ; Blood Diamond: Becoming Archer (9 min.) ; Blood Diamond: Journalists on the front line (6 min.) ; Blood Diamond: Inside the siege of Freetown (11 min.) ; Music video "Shine on Em" by Nas (3 min.). 143 min. DVD X2474
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Hasian, Marouf, Jr.; Anderson, Carol W.; Wood, Rulon "Cinematic representation and cultural critique : the deracialization and denationalization of the African conflict diamond crises in Zwick's Blood diamonds." In: Critical rhetorics of race / edited by Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono. New York : New York University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.8 .C88 2011)
Adesola Mafe, Diana "(Mis)Imagining Africa in the New Millennium: The Constant Gardener and Blood Diamond" Camera Obscura 25(3 75): 69-99 UC users only
Hasian, Marouf, Jr.; Anderson, Carol W.; Wood, Rulon "Cinematic representation and cultural critique : the deracialization and denationalization of the African conflict diamond crises in Zwick's Blood diamond." In: Critical rhetorics of race / edited by Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono. New York : New York University Press, c2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.8 .C88 2011)

Bo-ru, the Ape Boy.
This documentary gives an example of a boy who was raised by apes, found by an African tribe and assimilated into their village. Presents remarkable ethnographic photography of Africa in the early 1930s. "Produced and directed in the heart of Africa by Major C. Court Treatt." Originally produced in 1930. 35 min. Video/C MM535

Breaker Morant (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown. Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants in this dramatization based on true events. 102 min. 999:1951
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Bryant, Hallman B. "'Breaker' Morant In Fact, Fiction, and Film." Literature Film Quarterly, 1987, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p138, 8pUC users only
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Jolly, Roslyn. "'Frontier Behaviour' and Imperial Power in Breaker Morant." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 125-39, 1997
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"The soldier, the shearer and the mad man: Horizons of community in some Australian films." Literature Film Quarterly, 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p139, 18p UC users only

Brutes and Savages (1977)
Directed by Arthur Davis. Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law of the jungle." Shocking, brutal and repulsive, this film mixes bizarre authentic footage with incredible (and often hilarious) "re-enactments" of his findings. Animal sacrifices, bizarre tribal ceremonies, mating rituals....and more. When first released in 1977, the film was cut to avoid problems with censors. This is the restored full length version. 107 min. DVD 5113
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Carl Peters (Germany, 1941)
Directed by Herbert Selpin. A docu-drama of the life of Karl Peters, the German Commissioner in East Africa during World War I. It tells of the founding of Deutsch Ostafrika, which covered parts of present-day Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. In German without titles. 110 min. 999:2740
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Champagne Safari
This archival rarity presents the extravagant safari through Africa taken by actress Rita Hayworth and her husband Aly Kahn, in the early 1950's. Traveling by private plane, jeep, limousine and rickshaw, the celebrated couple stops in Tanganyika, Uganda, Kenya and the Belgian Congo among other locales. The film, a fascinating record of neo-colonialism and gaudy excess, offers a rare glimpse into two worlds: old time Hollywood and colonial Africa. 1952. 60 min. Video/C 9472
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Chocolat
A film by Clair Denis (France, 1980. Frances Dalens has returned to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth. This is a mesmerizing memoir of life in colonial Africa in the 1950s, as seen through the unblinking eyes of the young daughter of a French official. 105 min. 999:2088
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City Lovers, Country Lovers: the Gordimer Stories (1982)
Two films with inter-racial love in South Africa as their centerpiece. In both stories, the lovers are made to suffer the legal consequences of their violation of the Immorality Act, the South African law which forbids sexual and social relationships between the races. Contents: City Lovers (60 min.; direction, Barney Simon): a middle-aged white geologist and a younger, light-skinned Black cashier develop an intimate relationship. Country Lovers (61 min.; direction, Manie van Rensburg): a young white boy and Black girl grow up together and become lovers. 999:3192
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The Colonial Friend (L'ami y'a bon) (Germany / France, 1997)
Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. "Rachid Bouchareb's indelible and haunting short film The Colonial Friend is a muted, yet thoughtful and compelling true historical account of the 1944 massacre by the French army of indigenous African soldiers who sought to collect wages for their military service. Centered on a Cameroonian farmer, Abi, who, like many able-bodied indigenous men from colonized territories, leaves his family to heed the patriotic call for conscription into the French armed forces during the early 1940s as part of the nation's war campaign against the Germans, he serves with distinction during the war, fighting - and often dying - alongside French and colonized soldiers in the battlefield until he is captured and interned when France falls into the hands of the Germans. Eventually repatriated at the end of the war, Abi briefly returns to his family before rejoining his fellow Senegalese veterans to demand their unpaid wages at Camp de Thiaroye, a peaceful protest that soon turns deadly when the French army turns its armaments towards its own soldiers to force their evacuation from the military installation. Elegantly (and incisively) rendered in two-tone (black and red), pencil sketch animation, Bouchareb understatedly, but effectively presents a pervasive image of subtle, yet omnipresent division and differentiation that continues to surface despite the perpetuated myth of colonial assimilation and enlightened occupation." [Strictly Film School] 1997. 9 min. Included on DVD 9925
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Come Back, Africa (USA, 1959)
Directed by Lionel Rogosin. Cast: Miriam Makeba, Vinah Makeba, Zachria Makeba, Molly Parkin. 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. 82 min. DVD X4119; Video/C 4009
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Maingard, Jacqueline. "Cry, Africa: social realism in Cry, the beloved country (1951) and Come back, Africa (1959)." In: South African national cinema / Jacqueline Maingard. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S6 M35 2007)

Coming to America (1988)
Directed by John Landis. Featuring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley. Murphy plays a very wealthy and pampered African prince who comes to America in search of a bride. Accompanied by his closest companion, Murphy quickly finds a job, new friends, new digs, new enemies--and lots of trouble. 116 min. DVD 7106; vhs 999:2123
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Olaniyan, Tejumola. "'Uplift the Race!' Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, and the Poetics of 'Othering'." Cultural-Critique, 1996 Fall, 34, 91-113.
Congo (1995)
Directed by Frank Marshall. Cast: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry. When a man goes into the Congo and disappears, a former CIA operative goes after him. Accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a professor looking for King Solomon's Mines), she sets out to rescue her former fiance encountering many dangers. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. 108 min. DVD 9660
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Congo (1995)
Directed by Frank Marshall. Cast: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry. When a man goes into the Congo and disappears, a former CIA operative goes after him. Accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a professor looking for King Solomon's Mines), she sets out to rescue her former fiance encountering many dangers. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. 108 min. DVD 9660
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Congorilla (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Congorilla: Adventures Among the Big apes and Little People of Central Africa
Follows the fourth trip of naturalists and explorers Martin and Osa Johnson to Africa as they travel in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming gorillas, giraffes, lions, rhino, elephants, crocodiles, hippo and other birds and animals of the Serengetti Plains, Kenya and the Congo and pygmies and other native inhabitants. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 1932. 67 min. Video/C MM306

The Constant Gardener (2005)
Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Kounde, Danny Huston, Daniele Harford, Packson Ngugi, Damaris Itenyo Agweyu, Bernard Otieno Oduor, Bill Nighy. In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined. 129 min. DVD 4986
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Coup de Torchon (France, 1981)
Directed by Bernard Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Stephane Audran, Eddy Mitchell, Guy Marchand, Irene Skobline. After Lucien Cordier, the only police officer in a small African village is ridiculed by the local pimp, cheated on by his wife, and suffers his mistresses being beaten, he begins to get rid of the evil ones in his life. 128 min. DVD 1797
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Cry Freedom. (1987)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. Based on books Biko and Asking for Trouble by Donald Woods. Director, Richard Attenborough. Story of South African Black activist Stephen Biko and liberal White newspaper editor Donald Woods who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world. 157 min. 999:226
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Briley, John Cry freedom : a novel / by John Briley ; based on his original screenplay. New York : Penguin, 1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3552.R47 C7 1987)

Cry, The Beloved Country.(1995)
Directed by Darrell Roodt. Cast: Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Vusi Kunene, Leleti Khumalo, Charles S. Dutton. Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. James Jarvis, a wealthy white landowner from the same part of the country as Kumalo, has also arrived in Johannesburg, also with sad personal business to attend to; his son, a well-liked activist for the rights of the city's black majority population, was killed during a robbery. United by a tragedy, they share the potential for further hatred or healing. Based on the novel of the same title by Alan Paton. 106 min. DVD X4790; vhs 999:1467
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Dovey, Lindiwe. "Audio-visualizing "invisible" violence : remaking and reinventing Cry, the beloved country." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)

Cry, The Beloved Country.(1951)
Directed by Zoltan Korda. Cast: Canada Lee, Charles Carson, Sidney Poitier. The story of two fathers living in South Africa, a black minister and a white farmer, whose lives are bound together by mutual tragedy. Based on the novel of the same title by Alan Paton. 100 min. 999:941
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Dovey, Lindiwe. "Audio-visualizing "invisible" violence : remaking and reinventing Cry, the beloved country." In: African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen / Lindiwe Dovey. New York : Columbia University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.A35 D68 2009)
Maingard, Jacqueline. "Cry, Africa: social realism in Cry, the beloved country (1951) and Come back, Africa (1959)." In: South African national cinema / Jacqueline Maingard. London ; New York : Routledge, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.S6 M35 2007)

Dark of the Sun(1968)
Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Jim Brown, Kenneth More, Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travels through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue civilians imperiled by the rebels and recover $25 million in uncut diamonds. Based on a novel by Wilbur A. Smith. 101 min. DVD X6812
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A Dry White Season(1989)
Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Jurgen Prochnow, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando. The politics of apartheid are put into meaningful, human terms in this critically acclaimed film about a prominent White schoolteacher who is awakened to the reality of South African justice. 107 min. DVD 8407
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Eau(Belgium, 1997)
Director, Dominique Standaert. An adaptation of the novel by Jef Gerraerts, this Belgian made drama takes place in the Congo in 1960. The film features the ironic bond between two protagonists, one white, one black, amid the bloodshed around them. 12 min. DVD 6306
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Fathers
The father / a Richard Green and Associates, Ahadu Films production ; a film by Ermias Woldeamlak ; producer, Maji-da Abdi ; writer, Manyazewal Endashaw ; director, Ermias Woldeamlak (29 min.) -- Surrender / a Richard Green and Associates/Zenj Films production ; a film by Celine Gilbert ; producer, B. Nasra Hillal ; screenplay, Kiiza Kahama, Celine Gilbert ; director, Celine Gilbert (28 min.) -- A barber's wisdom / a Richard Green & Associates ; a film by Amaka Igwe ; producer, Tajuddeen Adepetu ; screenplay, Paul Emema ; director, Amaka Igwe (28 min.).

Presents three films each offering a critical look at the relationships between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. In The father, the patriarch in question is ultimately the military dictatorship which terrorized Ethiopia in the '70s and '80s, telling the story of a painter who must paint the portrait of the national leader, who's regime has brutalized his family. Surrender shows the traditional face of paternal tyranny, a father controlling his son's life by driving away his friends. Isolated the son eventually surrenders to the demands of paternal authority, marries and produces the grandson his father wants. A Barber's Wisdom shows a modern father who is not traditional enough who compromises his two daughters in his relentless pursuit of money. The father is in Amharic with English subtitles. Surrender is in Swahili with English subtitles. A barber's wisdom is in English. 999:3241

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Flame Trees of Thika. (UK, 1981)
Directed by Roy Ward Baker. A dramatization of the memoirs of the author Elspeth Huxley, this is the story of a young British girl and her parents who journey to the unspoiled wilderness of East Africa in 1913 where they struggle to transform a rugged plot of land into a coffee plantation. Her reminiscences are replete with encounters with the incredible beauty and cruelty of nature, with friendships with both Africans and British expatriates and reminiscences of the Masai and Kikuyu tribes that were a major part of her childhood years. Contents: Part 1. The promised land -- Part 2. Hyenas will eat anything -- Part 3. Happy New Year -- Part 4. Friends in high places -- Part 5. A real sportsman -- Part 6. Safari -- Part 7. The drums of war. 6 tapes; 353 min. DVD X5630; vhs 999:2160
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Friends(South Africa / UK / France, 1993)
Director, Elaine Proctor. Passion and politics mix in this drama set in South Africa about three young women, Sophie, a white political activist, Thoko, a black school teacher, and Annika, a Afrikaner archaeologist, all close friends. But their friendship is severly tested when Sophie plants a bomb that accidentally kills two innocent people. 105 min. 999:3027
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Goodbye Bafana (Germany | France | Belgium | South Africa | Italy | UK | Luxembourg, 2007)
Directed by Bille August. Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Shiloh Henderson, Patrick Lyster, Faith Ndukwana. Based on a true story, tracks the unlikely but profound relationship between James Gregory, a racist South African jailer, and his prisoner, Nelson Mandela. Gregory is ordered to spy on Mandela because he understands Mandela's native language. No one expected a frienship would grow between these two very different men. Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard written by Bob Graham and James Gregory. 118 min. DVD X4430
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Happening in Africa (aka Jungle Erotic) (France / Belgium / USA, 1969)
Directed by Louis Soulanes and Zygmunt Sulistrowski. Filmed on location in Tanzania and Uganda. Cast: Darr Poran, Carrie Rochelle, Alice Marie. A model and a writer-photographer travel to East Africa together, where the untamed wilderness and tranquility force them to face their own personal demons. Surrounded by breathtaking nature and wild animals the environment that threatens their lives also strips away their inhibitions and forces them to learn to trust each other. 83 min. 999:2760

Hatari! (1962)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain, Bruce Cabot, Michele Girardon. John Wayne heads a group of highly skilled professional game hunters in Africa who capture the ferocious big game with strong ropes and cameras for zoos and circus attractions. 157 min. DVD 9666
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Hotel Rwanda (UK / USA / Italy / South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Terry George. Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Desmond Dube, David O'Hara, Cara Seymour, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Mosa Kaiser. Based on true events tells the deeply moving story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. 122 min. DVD 3715
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Awards

Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award

I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
Directed by Hugh Hudson. Cast: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Eva Marie Saint, Liam Aiken. Epic tale of a woman's quest for adventure and a new life in the majestic, untamed lands of rural Africa. A passionate film about love, loss and personal triumph. 115 min. DVD 2579
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I Married Adventure(1940)
Covers Osa Johnson's memoirs of the Osa and Martin Johnson explorations of Africa and the South Seas in the early 20th century and their photography of native people and animals. Describes a failed trip to Borneo that the Johnsons successfully made up for 20 years later. 77 min. DVD 5827
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In My Country (Country of My Skull) (UK / Ireland / South Africa, 2004)
Directed by John Boorman. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson, Menzi "Ngubs" Ngubane. A Washington Post journalist and an Afrikaans poet strike up a friendship and become romantically involved as they try to come to terms with their feelings about what they've learned at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Based on the book Country of my skull by Antjie Krog. 94 min. DVD 500
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Farred, Grant. "Many Are Guilty, Few Are Indicted." Radical History Review; Winter2007 Issue 97, p155-162, 8pUC users only
Unruh, Melanie. "In My Country" Cineaste 30:2 (Spring 2005) p. 80 UC users only

Inside (US, 1996)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Eric Stoltz, Louis Gossett, Jr., Ian Roberts, Janine Eser, Louis Van Niekerk. An idealistic university professor is arrested for conspiring to overthrow the racist government in South Africa and is ruthlessly interrogated by a police colonel during his imprisonment. Ten years later, another political prisoner who witnessed the event has become an investigator of crimes of physical and mental abuse by the previous regime. When he confronts the colonel will justice finally be done? 94 min. DVD 500
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Invictus(US, 2009)
Director, Clint Eastwood. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Leleti Khumalo. In 1994, having been released from his long imprisonment, Nelson Mandela is elected as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Racial tension runs high, even in the president's offices, and especially among the members of his half black, half Afrikaner security team. As hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, South Africa's low ranked national team, the Springboks, have a berth in the tournament. Mandela begins makeing public appearances supporting the team, and meets privately with captain Francois Pienaar, encouraging him to inspire his teammates to victory. The Springboks' new slogan is "One team, One nation." President Mandela is betting that if they win the Cup, it might even be a bit true. Based on the book "Playing the enemy" by John Carlin. 133 min. DVD X3480
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Jack Benny Show: Jack Benny & Bob Hope
Performers: Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin. In this rare, thought to have been lost kinescope, Jack and special guest Bob Hope set out on "The Road to Nairobi," only to be captured by cannibals! Also includes brief appearances by Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Videocassette release of a television program originally produced by CBS Television in the 1950's. 26 min. Video/C 9361

Jerico (UK, 1937)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon, Wallace Ford. Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this musical drama about a GI who, after he accidentally kills a man, escapes into the desert where he joins an African tribe to avoid punishment. 75 min. DVD 7282

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Jungle Girl (US, serial, 1941)
Directed by William Witney & John English. Cast: Frances Gifford, Tom Neal, Trevor Bardette, Frank Lackteen, Gerald Mohr, David Sharpe (stuntwork) Fifteen chapters of a motion picture serial adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel jungle girl packed with thrilling cliffhangers as opposing sides fought from chapter to chapter for a fortune in diamonds hidden in the African jungle. Contents: Death by woodoo -- Queen of the beasts -- River of fire -- Treachery -- Jungle vengeance -- Tribal fury -- The poison dart -- Man trap -- Treasure tomb -- Jungle killer -- Dangerous secret -- Trapped -- Ambush -- Diamond trail -- Flight to freedom. 267 min. DVD 6936
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Jungle Jim (US, serial, 1936)
Directed by Ford Beebe and Clifford Smith. Cast: Grant Withers, Betty Jane Rhodes, Raymond Hatton, Paul Sutton, Evelyn Brent, Henry Brandon, Bryant Washburn. In this motion picture serial, Jungle Jim leads a safari into darkest Africa, to find the whereabouts of Joan, a young heiress who disappeared in the jungle. Joan has fallen under the influence of The Cobra and become the ruler of a small native tribe. Jungle Jim rescues her from the tribe but they still have to get through the jungle without being caught by another safari that wants the girl dead so they can try to get hold of her inheritance. Contents: 1. Into the lion's den -- 2. The cobra strikes -- 3. The menacing herd -- 4. The killer's trail -- 5. The bridge of terror -- 6. Drums of doom -- 7. The earth trembles -- 8. The killer lion -- 9. The devil bird -- 10. Descending doom -- 11. In the cobra's castle -- 12. The last safari. Based on a comic strip by Alex Raymond, the creator of "Flash Gordon." DVD 7639
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Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière) (France / Belgium / Luxembourg, 1998)
Director, Michel Ocelot. Voices: Antoinette Kellerman, Fezele Mpeka, Kombisile Sangweni, Theo Sebeko, Mabutho "Kid" Sithole. Based on a traditional West African folk tale, this animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village on which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked. Original French with English subtitles or dubbed English version. 70 min. Non-US format DVD. DVD 2977
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Neupert, Richard. "Kirikou and the animated figure/body." Studies in French Cinema; 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p41-56, 16p UC users only

The King Is Alive. (Sweden / Denmark / USA, 2001)
Directed by Kristian Levring. Cast: Miles Anderson, Romane Bohringer, David Bradley, David Calder, Bruce Davidson, Brion James, Peter Kubheka, Vusi Kunene, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Janet McTeer, Chris Walker, Lia Williams. A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Follows the trials and tribulations of a busload of tourists who get stranded in an abandoned mining town in the middle of the African desert. After a fine bout of partying, they fall prey to the heat, isolation, and fear of death that pushes them to the extremes of introspection and emotional exploration. And in a beautifully futile gesture, they begin to rehearse a production of Shakespeare's King Lear, which helps pry open a few fragile psyches. 110 min. DVD 2462
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King Solomon's Mines(UK, 1937)
Director, Robert Stevenson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, Anna Lee. Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. 80 min. DVD 9665; vhs 999:3868
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King Solomon's Mines(US, 1950)
Directors, Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Stewart Granger, Richard Carlson, Hugo Haas, Lowell Gilmore. Filmed in Tanganyika, Uganda Protectorate, Kenya Colony and Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. Adventurer Allan Quatermain is hired by an Englishwoman to lead the hunt for her missing husband who disappeared in an uncharted region of Africa while in search of King Solomon's legendary treasure. Quartermain isn't keen on having a woman on the expedition and he and Elizabeth quarrel regularly, but she and Quatermain eventually fall in love. Visually, the film is gorgeous, packed with great shots of the African country and wildlife, also capturing indigenous music and rituals of African tribes. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. 103 min. DVD 9665
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The Kitchen Toto. (UK, 1987)
Directed by Harry Hook. Cast: Bob Peck, Phyllis Logan, Edwin Mahinda, Kristen Hughes, Robert Urquhart. Adult drama set in racially charged Kenya in the 1950s. A young native boy is taken in as a kitchen servant by a white family after the boy's pacifist father is murdered by militant Mau Mau warriors who now demand that the young boy take a blood oath to kill the family he serves ... or he also will die. 96 min. 999:2858
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Buss, Robin. "The Kitchen Toto." (movie reviews) Times Educational Supplement, n3737 (Feb 12, 1988):29 (1 page)

Kongo (1933)
Directed by Harry Hook. Cast: Walter Huston ; Lupe Velez ; Conrad Nagel ; Virginia Bruce ; C. Henry Gordon ; Mitchell Lewis ; Forrester Harvey ; Curtis Nero. This nearly forgotten horror film is a remake of West of Zanzibar (1928). From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a living god. He rules the local natives through superstition and stage magic and he rules the few white people through sadism, keeping them virtual prisoners. He lives for the day he can avenge himself horribly on the man who stole his wife and crushed his spine. 86 min.DVD X6046
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The Last King of Scotland (UK, 2006)
Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney, David Oyelowo, Abby Mukiibi, Adam Kotz, Barbara Rafferty, David Ashton. Chronicles Idi Amin's rise and fall. Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His perspective as an outsider causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power and he grows increasingly monstrous. A pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive. Garrigan grows increasingly prone to exploitation. 123 min. DVD 7376
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Lost in the Stars
Music by Kurt Weill; book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Daniel Mann. Performer: Brock Peters, Melba Moore, Raymond St. Jacques, Clifton Davis, Paul Rogers, Paula Kelly, Alan Weeks, Paulene Myers. Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with this father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart, and his heroic determination to tell the truth set the stage for a tragic climax. Based on the novel "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. 1974. 97 min. DVD 2115
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Lumumba (France | Belgium | Germany | Haiti, 2000)
Directed by Raoul Peck. Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Theophile Moussa Sowie, Andre Debaar. Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who led his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated. In French with English subtitles. 115 min. DVD 1592
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See Also: Documentary film by Raoul Peck, Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

Mama Africa (Queen Latifah presents 'Mama Africa') (2002)
Three contemporary fables set in Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa, each introduced by Queen Latifah. Contents: Uno's World (ca. 28 min.), directed by Bridget Pickering, (Namibia): Uno, a beautiful single mother is forced to face overwhelming responsibilities after falling in love with a man who doesn't want commitment. Hangtime (ca. 30 min.), directed by Ngozi Onwurah, (Nigeria): Desperate to impress an American scout, a talented basketball player turns to crime in order to get the sneakers he believes will fulfill his dreams. Raya (ca. 28 min.), directed by Zulfah Otto-Sallies, (South Africa): Having rebelled against her strict Muslim upbringing, Raya returns home from jail, determined to start a new life. But can she truly turn her back on the past? DVD 1815
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Masai: The Rain Warriors(France, 2004)
Director, Pascal Plisson. Cast: Ngotiek Ole Mako, Paul Nteri Ole Sekenan, Parkasio Ole Muntet, Musurpei Ole Torogue. Faced with a dangerous drought, Masai elders are convinced that they have been cursed by the Red God - the God of Vengeance. Following the death of the war chief, a group of adolescents band together to form a new generation of inexperienced but brave warriors, forcing them into adulthood. The young men must return with the mane of the legendary lion to appease the wrath of the Red God and bring back the rains. The survival of their culture depends on this quest. 90 min. DVD X6919
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Mister Johnson(1990)
Director, Bruce Beresford. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi. Set in Nigeria in the 1920's this poignant drama focuses on the clash of cultures in colonial West Africa. It follows the tragicomic exploits of a black African clerk named Johnson, working for British officials who ingratiates himself into the lives and society of the ruling whites. Adaptation from the Joyce Carey novel, Mister Johnson. 105 min. vhs 999:1712
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Naked Africa(1957)
Directed by Ray Phoenix. An ethnographic documentary which surveys the manners and mores of "contemporary" Africans in 1957. Reynolds, a noted journalist, observes that parts of the continent have been westernized. However, these scenes are of rural Africa where white men have rarely visited. They focus on native girls performing the "python dance", a rite that celebrates their arrival at womanhood, lions stalking and killing zebras and antelopes, and 18-year old tribal youths undergoing a ritual of manhood. 70 min. Video/C 4904

Naked Prey(South Africa | USA, 1966)
Directed by Cornel Wilde. Cast: Cornel Wilde, Gert Van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt, Bella Randles. This action-adventure picture filmed in Maputi, Botswana, and Zimbabwe, stars Cornel Wilde as Man, a great white hunter whose safari is wiped out by angry tribesmen. He is stripped of his clothes and his weapons and given a head start in a "lion's chance" to save his life. Man is given the opportunity to prove his bravery as, for four days and nights, he is pursued by the village's best lion killers. Special features: audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince, "John Colter's escape," read by Paul Giamatti, original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey along with a written statement by Tracey on the score, theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X4062
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Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) (Germany, 2001)
Directed by Caroline Link. Cast: Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo, Lea Kurka, Karoline Eckertz. Critically acclaimed, this film is based on the true life story of a Jewish family who fled the Nazi regime in 1938 and learned to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya. 142 min. DVD 1997
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Ohm Krüger(Germany, 1941)
Director: Hans Steinhoff. Cast: Emil Jannings, Ferdinand Marian, Hedwig Wangel. A good example of a German anti-British propaganda film produced during World War II. Involving the Boer War, the film is historically not entirely correct and was mainly meant to have the audience sympathize with the South African "boers" representing the German people fighting against the English. Based on themes found in the novel: Mann ohne Volk, by Arnold Krieger. 124 min. 999:2727
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Hallstein, Christian W. "Ohm Kruger': the genesis of a Nazi propaganda film." (Critical Essay) Literature-Film Quarterly April 2002 v30 i2 p133(7) UCB users only
Klotz, Marcia. "Epistemological Ambiguity and the Fascist Text: Jew S?ss, Carl Peters, and Ohm Kr?ger." New German Critique, No. 74, Special Issue on Nazi Cinema. (Spring - Summer, 1998), pp. 91-124. UCB users only
Lutz, Reinhart C. "False history, fake Africa, and the transcription of Nazi reality in Hans Steinhoff's 'Ohm Krüger'." Literature-Film Quarterly 25.n3 (July 1997): 188(5)UCB users only
Winkel, Roel Vande. "Ohm Krüger's Travels: A Case Study in the Export of Third-Reich Film Propaganda." Historical Reflections, Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p108-124, 17p UCB users only

Out of Africa (1985)
Directed by Sydney Pollack. Featuring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer. The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband, runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, circa 1914. To her astonishment she soon discovers herself falling in love with the land, its people and a mysterious white hunter. Based on the books: Out of Africa ; Shadows on the grass ; Letters from Africa / by Isak Dinesen. Isak Dinesen, the life of a storyteller / by Judith Thurman. Silence will speak / by Errol Trzebinski. Special features: Song of Africa : an original documentary; Feature commentary with director Sydney Pollack; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal WEB links. 161 min. DVD X789
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress

Cooper,-Brenda; Descutner,-David. "'It Had No Voice to It': Sydney Pollack's Film Translation of Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa." Quarterly Journal of Speech, 1996 Aug, 82:3, 228-50.

Luedtke, Kurt. Out of Africa : the shooting script : screenplay / by Kurt Luedtke ; introduced and annotated by Sydney Pollack. New York : Newmarket Press, 1987. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .O871 1987)
Le Professionnel (France, 1981)
Director, Georges Lautner. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmodo, Cyrielle Claire, Jean Desailly, Marie-Christine Descouard, Elisabeth Margoni, Jean-Louis Richard, Robert Hossein. French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to prison. After a daring escape Joss returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived in the country on an official visit. 105 min. 999:3637
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Proteus (Canada / South Africa, 2003)
Director, John Greyson. Cast: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson. A fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time. 97 min. DVD 3275
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Roughest Africa (1923)
Directed by Ralph Ceder. Cast: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Two African Explorers, Stanislaus Laurello and Hans Downe, travel round Africa, from Los Angeles to Hollywood, trying to capture and photograph animals, but have more encounters than they had hoped for. Some animals encountered are bears, emus, an elephant and a family of lions. 21 min. DVD 3559; also on DVD 270
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Queen Kelly (1929)
Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall. A gothic romance set in a mythical European kingdom in which a convent girl is seduced by a prince and inherits a brothel in Africa before he finds her again. 101 min. DVD 2247
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Red Dust (UK / South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Tom Hooper. Cast: Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jamie Bartlett, Ian Roberts, Nomhle Nkonyeni. A political thriller set in a small South African town during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Human rights lawyer Sarah Barcant must represent Alex Mpondo, a former political activist, who was held captive and sadistically tortured by a police officer under the apartheid regime in South Africa. 110 min. DVD 7360
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[Rhodes] Cecil Rhodes (1996)
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. 336 min. Video/C 5519

Burns, James. "Biopics And Politics: The Making and Unmaking of the Rhodes Movies." Biography 2000 23(1): 108-126. UC users only

Sanders of the River (UK, 1935)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rushbrook. After her adoptive parents die, a young black woman seeks out her natural birth mother only to discover her mother is white. Equally shocked to learn her daughter she gave up for adoption is black, Cynthia insists it's a mistake. But she soon realizes it's true and when she springs her newfound daughter on the rest of the family, the resulting chaos leads to a series of secrets and lies being revealed at last. Special features: True Pioneer: the British films of Paul Robeson, a new video program with Paul Robeson Jr. and film historians Stephens Bourne and Ian Christie, including film clips from Song of freedom (1936), King Solomon's mine (1937), and Big Fella (1937). 87 min. DVD 7282

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Jaikumar, Priya. "Realism and Empire." Cinema at the end of empire : a politics of transition in Britain and India / Priya Jaikumar. Durham : Duke University Press, 2006. pp: 111-115 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.I8 J28 2006
Shaka, Femi Okiremuete. "The politics of cultural conversion in colonialist African cinema." Cineaction; 1995, Issue 37, p50-67, 18p

Sankofa. (1993)
Directed by Haile Gerima. Cast: Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah, Nick Medley, Mutabaruka, Afemo Omilami, Reginald Carter, Mzuri. Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian-born filmmaker Haile Gerima, SANKOFA is a powerful film about Maafa-the African holocaust. Done from an African/African-American perspective, this story is a vastly different one from the generally distorted representations of African people that Hollywood gives us. This revolutionary feature film connects enslaved black people with their African past and culture. It empowers Black people on the screen by showing how African peoples' desire for freedom made them resist, fight back, and conspire against their enslavers, overseers and collective past through the vision on Mona, who visits her ancestral experience on a new world planation as Shola. We share the life she endures as a slave and experiences her growing consciousness and transformation [description from web site]. 1993. 125 min. DVD X4821; vhs 999:1596
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Shaft in Africa (1973)
Directed by John Guillermin. Cast: Richard Roundtree, Vonetta McGee, Frank Finlay, Neda Arneric, Debebe Eshetu. Detective John Shaft is persuaded by diplomats at the United Nations to track down a slave-trading operation. He travels undercover from Africa to France to catch a ring exploiting illegal immigrant labor. This is the third film in the Shaft series. 112 min. DVD 9664
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Shaka Zulu. (Australia | Italy | South Africa | West Germany | USA,, TV, 1986)
Directed by William C. Faure. Cast: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton, Christopher Lee, Henry Cele. A dramatization of true events of 19th century tribal Africa centering around the life of Shaka, a powerful Zulu leader, as he grows up to fulfill an ancient tribal prophecy to unite his people into a bold new nation. Driven by extraordinary intelligence, courage and astounding physical ability Shaka leads his proud warriors in their quest. Set against the spectacular panorama of the Zulu tribal homelands, this film depicts the clash of two cultures as the European colonial expansion begins in Africa. 660 min. (3 discs) DVD 642
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Simba
Filmed in East Africa during the second Martin Johnson African Expedition, 1923-1928. Records Martin and Osa Johnson's expedition to East Africa, the chief purpose of which was to capture on film rapidly disappearing African wildlife as well as East African peoples (Samburu, Dorobo, etc.) and their customs. Includes extensive footage of elephants, giraffes and lions. Also shown is the lion-spearing ceremony perfomed by the Lumbwa (part of this sequence was filmed by Carl Akeley and Alfred J. Klein). The film opens with an introduction by Martin and Osa Johnson. Introduction recorded in New York, ca. 1932. 83 min. Video/C 7326

Sometimes in April(HBO, 2005)
Director: Raoul Peck. Cast: Oris Erhuero, Eriq Ebouaney, Idris Elba, Debra Winger. A drama of two brothers divided along political lines in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where over the course of 100 days an estimated 800,000 people were killed in a terrifying purge by Hutu nationalists against their Tutsi countrymen. 140 min. DVD 4060
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Stander (Canada / Germany / South Africa / UK, 2003)
Directed by Bronwen Hughes. Cast: Tom Jane, Dexter Fletcher, David Patrick O'Hara, Deborah Kara Unger. Based on the true story of Andre Stander, a South African police officer who suffers a crisis of conscience after his involvement in a riot in Johannesburg. He goes from law enforcer to law breaker, becoming one of South Africa's most notorious bank robbers. 116 min. DVD 7318
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Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Doris Lloyd, Cheetah. The Lord of the Apes sweeps Jane Parker into his life. 99 min. DVD 2724
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Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Directed by Cedric Gibbons. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Neil Hamilton, Paul Cavanagh, Cheetah. In the sensual pre-Code Tarzan and his mate, the tale includes the sacred elephant graveyard. 104 min. DVD 2724
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Henderson, Clara. "When hearts beat like native drums:" Music and the sexual dimensions of the notions of "savage" and civilized" in Tarzan and His Mate, 1934." Africa Today. Winter 2001. Vol. 48, Iss. 4; p. 91 (34 pages) UC users only

Tarzan and the Tiger (1929)
Directed by Henry MacRae. Cast: Frank Merrill, Natalie Kingston, Al Ferguson, Sheldon Lewis. A fabulous cache of gold and jewels is hidden in the temple of Opar, where a savage cult sacrifices young virgins to their angry fire god. Tarzan is on a quest to seize the treasure but his many enemies conspire on all sides to interfere. Crazed La, the sultry high priestess of Opar, is determined to win the lord of the jungle as her lover and slave trader Achmet Zek does his part to help her by kidnapping Tarzan's mate, Lady Jane. Meanwhile, a double-crossing friend of Tarzan's, Albert Werper, is out to steal the jewels of Opar for himself. The dangers increase when a severe blow to the head gives the ape man amnesia imperiling both his mission and his beloved Jane. Contents: Call of the jungle -- Road to Opar -- The altar of the flaming God -- The vengeance of La -- Condemned to death -- Tantor the terror -- In deadly peril -- The loop of death -- Flight of Verger -- Prisoner of the apes -- The jaws of death -- The jewels of Opar -- A human sacrifice -- Tarzan's rage -- Tarzan's triumph. Originally released as a motion picture serial of 15 chapters in 1929. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Tarzan and the jewels of Opar. 104 min. DVD 2724
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Tarzan Escapes (1936)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Cheetah. Tarzan escapes when a vile bwana aims to exploit him as a sideshow freak. 90 min. DVD 2724; vhs 999:3844
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Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Cheetah. A rift over how to raise Boy divides the treehouse when Tarzan finds a son. 82 min. DVD 2724; vhs 999:3843
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Dunn, Kevin. "Lights...Camera...Africa: Images of Africa and Africans in Western Popular Films of the 1930s" African Studies Review , Vol. 39, No. 1 (Apr., 1996), pp. 149-175
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Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Cheetah. "Civilized" folks clash over gold, a metal not worth a coconut to the Ape Man. 81 min. DVD 2724
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Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Featuring Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Cheetah. A different jungle awaits in Tarzan's New York adventure. 71 min. DVD 2724
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West of Zanzibar. (1928)
Directed by Tod Browning. Featuring Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Mary Nolan, Jane Daly, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Roscoe Ward, Kalla Pasha, Curtis Nero. A clown-magician seeks revenge against the man who stole his wife and left him paralyzed. Assuming that his daughter is the daughter of the other man, he has her raised in a brothel. Twenty years pass and all three are in Africa. The clown-magician is now the strongman in an African country where he incites the tribal members to torture the young girl in the presence of her assumed father only to learn that she is actually his own daughter. 70 min. DVD 9565; vhs 999:1171

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Anderson, Robert Gordon. Faces, forms, films; the artistry of Lon Chaney New York, Castle Books [c1971] (Main: PN2287.C48 .A8 1971; PFA PN2287.C48 .A8 1971)
Beck, Calvin. "Lon Chaney." In: Heroes of the horrors. New York, Collier Books [1975] (PFA: PN1998.A2 B38 1975)
Blake, Michael F. The Films of Lon Chaney Lanham : Madison Books, 2001. (Main PN2287.C48 B57 2001; PFA PN2287.C48 B57 2001)
Blake, Michael F. Lon Chaney : the man behind the thousand faces Vestal, N.Y. : Vestal Press, 1993. (Main PN2287.C48 B58 1993)
Bodeen, DeWitt. "Lon Chaney." In: From Hollywood : the careers of 15 great American stars South Brunswick [N.J.] : A. S. Barnes, c1976 (Main: PN1998.A2 .B62 1976)
Slide, Anthony. "Lon Chaney." In: Silent players : a biographical and autobiographical study of 100 silent film actors and actresses Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 2002 (Main Stack PN1998.2.S547 2002; PFA PN1998.2.S547 2002)

White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson. A brilliant, driven film director determines to turn his new film project in Africa into a grand personal adventure hunting a wild elephant, in a story loosely based on John Huston's filming of "The African Queen." 112 min. DVD 7270
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White Material (France | Cameroon, 2004)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: KIsabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Michel Subor. Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind. 105 min. DVD X5828
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White Witch Doctor (US, 1953)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward, Walter Slezak. Ellen Burton arrives in Africa to join Dr. Mary as her nurse, bringing modern medicine to the native peoples. Lonni Douglas, an animal wrangler and fortune hunter, agrees to take her upriver, despite his misgivings about her suitability for Africa. They battle escaped gorillas, hostile natives, infected lion wounds, and hostile witch doctors to reach their destination and on the way, they fall in love. Will their contrasting interests doom their romance? Based on the novel by Louise A. Stinetorf. 91 min. DVD X7197
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A World Apart (1988)
Directed by Chris Menges. Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbe, Paul Freeman, Tim Roth, Jodhi May. Set in South Africa in 1963, this docudrama tells the true story of idealistic journalist Ruth First Slovo who defies the government and becomes the first woman arrested under the 90-day Detention Act-- both a story of government abuse and a look at one mother's neglect of her family because of her involvement with a larger cause. 113 min. DVD 5545
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Yesterday (South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Darrell James Roodt. Cast: Kenneth Khambula, Leleti Khumalo, Harriet Lenabe, Lihle Mvelase, Camilla Walker. After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and a young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school. Set against the awesome, harsh landscapes of South Africa. 95 min. DVD 5042
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Zulu (UK, 1965)
Directed by Cy Endfield. Cast: Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Nigel Green; forward narrated by Richard Burton. In this drama based on the Zulu War of 1879 a handful of British engineers entrench themselves in an isolated outpost in Natal called Rorke's Drift and prepare to face a series of vicious assaults by more than 4,000 Zulu warriors (1879). 139 min. vhs 999:2721
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Chapman, James. "Men of Harlech: Zulu (1964)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005
Hall, Sheldon. "Monkey Feathers: Defending Zulu (1964)." In: British historical cinema : the history, heritage and costume film / edited by Claire Monk and Amy Sargeant. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H5 B75 2002)
Hamilton, Carolyn; Modisane, Litheko. "The public lives of historical films : the case of Zulu and Zulu dawn." In: Black and white in colour : African history on screen / edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Richard Mendelsohn. Oxford : James Currey ; Athens : Ohio University Press ; Cape Town : Double Storey, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A43 B53 2007)
Niemi, Robert. "Zulu." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Sharrett, Christopher. "Zulu, or the limits of liberalism." Cineaste; Vol.XXV nr.4 (Sept 2000); p.28-33 UC users only

Zulu Dawn (USA / South Africa / Netherlands, 1979)
Directed by Douglas Hickox. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Sir John Mills, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Anna Calder-Marshall, Ronald Pickup, Bob Hoskins. This prequel to the motion picture "Zulu" recounts the true story of the defeat of the British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu army. 113 min. DVD 9670
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Hamilton, Carolyn; Modisane, Litheko. "The public lives of historical films : the case of Zulu and Zulu dawn." In: Black and white in colour : African history on screen / edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Richard Mendelsohn. Oxford : James Currey ; Athens : Ohio University Press ; Cape Town : Double Storey, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.A43 B53 2007)
Kohn, Nate. "Hail the conquering hero!" Visual Anthropology; 1996, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p41-51, 11p
Niemi, Robert. "Zulu Dawn." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)

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