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African Cinema

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

Beyonce: The President's Daughter (Ghana, 2006)

Directed by Frank Rajah Arase. Cast: Van Vicker, Nadia Buari, Jackie Agyemang, Kalsum Sinari. Beyonce, the president's daughter, meets Raj at the supermarket and falls in love with him. Raj is engaged to be married to Ciara, but Beyonce doesn't intend for that to stand in her way. 341 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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