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African Cinema

In a Time of Violence (South Africa, 1994)

Directed by Brian Tilley. A story concerning changing values, violent cultural and political clashes and conflict among black families in Johannesburg, South Africa. In Zulu with English subtitles. 151 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Inja(Australia / South Africa, 2001)

Writer, director, Steve Pasvolsky. A South African landowner goes to great extremes to separate a Black boy and his puppy. 17 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Intimidations (Parts 1&2) (Nigeria, 2010?)

Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Cast: Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Tonto Dikeh (Tonto Dike), Kofi Adjorolo. Zainab is due a visit home and her friend Aisha is accompanying her. Despite her father making reservations for the both of them to fly into Abuja, Zainab is hell bent on driving instead, seeking "adventure." Zainab definitely finds the adventure that she was looking for. At first they get lost and the car breaks down. They manage to get help with the help of a stranger but when sunset hits and the gas runs out they are left no option but to follow an intimidating stranger into the bush.

Intimidations (Parts 3&4) (Nigeria, 2010?)

Directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka. Cast: Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye, Tonto Dikeh (Tonto Dike), Kofi Adjorolo. Zainab is due a visit home and her friend Aisha is accompanying her. Despite her father making reservations for the both of them to fly into Abuja, Zainab is hell bent on driving instead, seeking "adventure." Zainab definitely finds the adventure that she was looking for. At first they get lost and the car breaks down. They manage to get help with the help of a stranger but when sunset hits and the gas runs out they are left no option but to follow an intimidating stranger into the bush.

Jit. (Zimbabwe, 1990)

Directed by Michael Raeburn. The beat of jit-jive drives the story, set in Zimbabwe, of a fun-loving youth called UK, who is determined to win the heart of Sofi, a stately beauty closely guarded by her gangster boyfriend. UK's efforts are both helped and hindered by Jukwa, a pesty ancestral spirit. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Karmen Gei (Senegal | France | Canada, 2001)

Directed by Joseph Gai. The first African Carmen, based on Bizet's celebrated opera, and arguably, the first African filmed "musical." Like every Carmen, Karmen Gei is about the infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions and human limitations which constrain the desire. Here Karmen transgresses every convention, escaping prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden and then wrecking the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who in a fit of jealous rage stabs her.

Keita!: L'heritage du Groit. (France | Burkina Faso, 1994)

Director: Dani Kouyate. Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. In Jula and French with English subtitles. 1994. 94 min.

Kounandi (Burkina Faso, 2003)

Directed by Apolline Traore. Cast: Deborah Coty, Noufou Ouedraogo, Aminata Dao, Kamsa Traore, Korotimi Traore, Adama Kone. In this adult fairy tale Kounandi, a young beauty often scorned and overlooked because of her dwarfism, earns her living and finds village favor making delicious cup cakes. Kounandi falls in love with Karim only to discover that he is married to Awa who is dying. Kounandi mystically sacrifices her lifeforce (and cup cake pan) as a gift to the couple. In Jula with English subtitles. 50 min.

La Vie est Belle: Life is Rosy. (Belgium | France | Zaire, 1987)

Directors: Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy. Tells of the rags to riches story of a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. In French with English subtitles. 83 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Last Girl Standing (Nigeria, 2004)

Directed by John Uche. Cast: Jim Iyke, Stephanie Okereke, Empress Njamah, Alex Usifo, Robert Peters. Donald, a rich and popular young athlete feels he is above the law. But he meets his match in his neighbor Thilda. 158 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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