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Africa Dreaming.

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

Le Malentendu Colonial (A Colonial Misunderstanding)

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

Milking the Rhino

A ferocious kill on the Serengeti; warnings about endangered species... These cliches of nature films ignore a key landscape feature: villagers just off-camera who endure the dangers and costs of living with wild animals. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia's Himba -- two of earth's oldest cattle cultures -- are emerging from a century of 'white man's conservation,' which threw them off their lands, banned subsistence hunting and fueled resentment. They are discovering that earnings from wildlife tourism can rival the benefits of livestock. But change is not easy.

Namibia, No Easy Road To Freedom.

Examines Namibia's long history of colonial occupation by South Africa, including the armed conflict between South African troops and the Namibian resistance organization SWAPO, negotiations of a peace plan in 1978, and discussions of the nation's independence that was finally declared in 1990. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1988. 58 min.

Namibia: Africa's Last Colony.

Outlines the exploitation of Namibia by occupying countries, and explores the poverty of indigenous peoples. 1985. 52 min.

Namibia: Rebirth of a Nation.

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