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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. Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming.

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar

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

Against the Tide of History: Landmines in the Casamance

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

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

And What if Latif was Right! (Et si Latif avait raison!)

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

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.

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. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Ca Twiste a� 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.

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.

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.