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Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life

A historical overview of the life of Albert Schweitzer, theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician who spent his life in Lambarene (Gabon) after founding a missionary hospital to serve the native population in 1912. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed through his life's work in service to Africans. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min.

Dole (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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene (The Great White Man of Lambarene).

A Docudrama 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 a man blinded to the people around him by his own spiritual self-absorption and arrogance. 1995. 89 min.
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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.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Realm of Reversals.(Power of Place: World Regional Geography; 19-20)

Prog. 19. The legacy of colonization: Ivory Coast, the legacy of colonialism. Gabon, a future in oil?--Prog. Understanding sickness, overcoming prejudice: Kenya, understanding sickness. South Africa, this land is my land.

The Gabonese Forest: Sustainability of the African Forest: The Way Forward.

An overview of the forestry industry, ecology and conservation efforts in the forests of Gabon. 1994. 33 min.