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African Cinema

Deadly Mistake (Nigeria, 2003)

Directed by Henry Czar Ejeta. Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Jayke Aernan, Emmanuel Armah, Chinyere Nwabueze. Confused and conflicted by her parents divorce, Anita, in an attempt to find true love makes an awful mistake that turns out deadly. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Deadly Price (Parts 1 & 2) (Nigeria 2010)

Directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips. Cast: Chioma Franklin Akpotha, Francis Duro, Amaechi Muonagor, Chinyere Wilfred, Queen Nwokoye. Princess Akweake is on the verge of marriage but who is fit to marry such a beautiful princess whose choices are limited? 123 min.

Deadly Price (Parts 3 & 4) (Nigeria 2010)

Directed by Amayo Uzo Phillips. Cast: Chioma Franklin Akpotha, Francis Duro, Amaechi Muonagor, Chinyere Wilfred, Queen Nwokoye. After being married to a prince from the evil forest, Princess Akweake is now in danger for her life, but who will risk his life to rescue her? 104 min.

Die Voortrekkers (aka Colonizing a Nation) (USA, 1915)

Director: Harold M. Shaw. Cast: Percy Marmont, Edna Flugrath, Edna Flugrath. Told from the Afrikaner point of view, this film is a re-creation of the historical events surrounding the emigration of the Dutch settlers into Zululand and their victory over Africans at the infamous battle of Blood River in 1838. This silent 1915 film is a classic study in propaganda. 58 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Disgrace(Australia | South Africa, 2008)

Directed by Steve Jacobs. Cast: John Malkovich, Jessica Haines, Eriq Ebouaney, Fiona Press, Antoinette Engel. Professor David Lurie is a man whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the novel by J.M. Coetzee. 118 min.

Divine Carcasse.(Belgium | Benin, 1998)

Directed by Dominique Loreau. Fictional documentary which follows the life of a car imported to Benin, Africa, by a European expatriate. Intersecting cultures are seen when the car passes to his African cook who uses it as a taxi service, and finally, village life and traditions are shown when the scraps from the car are made into a divinity commissioned by the villagers. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. In French, Fon and Yoruba with English subtitles. 60 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.

Dry Season (Daratt; Saison seche) (Chad / France / Belgium / Austria, 2006)

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Ali Bacha Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Djibril Ibrahim, Fatime Hadje, Khayar Dumar Defallan. The government of Chad granted amnesty to war criminals in 2006, following forty years of civil strife. Atim, age 16, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may find and kill the man who killed his father. Atim quickly locates Nassara, now married and living as a baker in a nearby village. Pretending to be looking for work, Atim is hired as an apprentice baker.

Emitai (Senegal, 1971)

Directed by Sembene Ousmane. Depicts the clash between French colonialists and the Diolas, an African tribe, in the closing days of World War II. The film highlights the history and myths of this Senegalese tribe. In Diola and French with English subtitles. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Ezra (France / Nigeria / USA / UK / Austria, 2007)

Directed by Newton I. Aduaka. Cast: Mamoudu Turay Kamara, Mariame N'Diaye, Mamusu Kallon, Richard Gant, Mercy Ojelade, Emile Abossolo-Mbo, Merveille Lukeba, Abubakarr Karim Sawaneh, Ilario Bisi-Pedro, Cleophas Kabasiita, Wale Ojo, Yao Yankey Yankson. Tells the story of Ezra, a young boy kidnapped and forced to become a soldier with a rebel faction in the Sierra Leone Civil War. Ten years later, he is brought before a truth and reconciliation commission and made to revisit and understand his crimes so as to begin the process of psychological healing. 105 min.

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