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African Cinema

Guelwaar (France | Germany | Senegal, 1992)

Directed by Sembene Ousmane. When Guelwaar, a political activist and a Christian, is mistakenly buried in a Muslim cemetary, family members and political and religious leaders become embroiled in a dispute that mirrors the strained ethnic relations existing in Senegalese society. In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

Guilty Pleasures (Nigeria 2009)

Directed by Daniel Ademinokan. Cast: Ramsey Nouah, Majid Michel, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Mercy Johnson. A story of infidelity, betrayal, love and deceit, told through a conversation between two women in a travel agency. 136 min.

Guimba, Un Tyrant une Époque (Guimba, the Tyrant) (Mali | Burkina Faso | Germany, 1995)

Directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko. An epic set in the legendary past of Mali (West Africa) to provide a biting allegory of present-day African politics. Through the story of the downfall of Guimba the tyrant, the filmmaker foretells a similar fate for the many dictators who still pillage the continent. He frames his film with the appearance of a griot, a traditional African storyteller who passes down the "wisdom of the ancestors", looking to the values and legends of the African past for inspiration and guidance in reconstructing well-governed, self-sufficient nations.

Haramuya (Burkina Faso / France, 1995)

Directed by Drissa Toure. Through Fousseini, a muslim firmly attached to his faith and traditions, this film draws a picture of Ouagadougou in the traps of modernism and traditionalism. Foussei tries to take care of his family according to the old precepts and the code of honor inherited from his ancestors. One of his sons is a cinema projectionist and supports all the family against the will of his wife, while the other son idles around all day, looking for girlfriends. In French with English subtitles. 87 min.

Harvest, Three Thousand Years. (Ethiopia, 1975)

Directed by Haile Gerima. Set in Ethiopia, a peasant family struggles for survival on the farm of a wealthy feudal landowner. The film's pace and visual style is geared to the rhythms of daily life, providing a sensitive portrayal of the details of everyday reality. The drama is set in motion by the peasant teen-age son and daughter who contest traditional social roles, the tyrannical behavior of the landowner and the visionary and revolutionary deeds of the local "madman." In Amharic with English subtitles. In Amharic with English subtitles. 150 min.

Heal My Soul (Nigeria, 2004)

Directed by Ephraim Onyemaechi. Cast: Olu Jacobs, Jim Iyke, Mercy Johnson, Yvonne Nelson. The story of an only son with very rich parents who causes problems both on campus and at home. Will there be a second chance for Chidi? 49 min.

Help: Africa's Dilemma(Kenya, 2007)

Directed by Robby Bresson. Cast: Peter King, Mike Rewa, Makumi, Lucy Gacheru, Melvin Alusa, Mary Kathomi, James Irungu, Rebecca Wanjiku, Mwadulo Mwaghogho, Chomba Njeru, John Githui, Lucy Wellah, Godfrey Ojiambo, Rogers Otieno, David Lomunyak, Brian Laval, Richard Thande, Lucy Njoroge, Chepkoech Kiprotich, Teto Tutuma, Shifta Indimuli, Titus Mukabi, Nasio Nyabera. George Simba is embarking on a new bus transport business when he is suddenly reunited with his estranged 18 years old son, Lumumba.

Hollow City (Na cidade vazia)(Angola | Portugal, 2004)

Directed by Maria Joao Ganga. N'dala is an orphan from the Angolan province of Bie, a flashpoint in the rebellion that incited Angola's brutal civil war. In 1991 N'dala is airlifted by missionaries to the port city of Luanda, Angola's capital. He slips away from the nuns at the airport, choosing the solitude of the streets of the old city, but he is not prepared for living by his wits.

Hyenas (Hyenes) (Senegal, 1992)

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. An old woman who has become rich returns to create all kinds of trouble. Based on "Der Besuch der alten Dame" by Friedrich Durrenmatt. In French with English subtitles. 113 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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I Will Die for You (Nigeria, 2003)

Directed by Charles Novia. Cast: Richard Mofe Damijo, Segun Arinze, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Mike Odiachi Matthew is recruited by a pro-democracy organization to spearhead their struggle against the military dictatorship. In the midst of the struggle he meets Alero, a victim of the atocities by the military, and knows he will have to make sacrifices to protect her. 96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database