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African Cinema

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. [preservation copy]
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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

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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.

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