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African Studies General Overviews

The Return of of Sara Baartman.

Chronicles the return of the remains of Sara Baartman, a Black woman who had been exhibited as a freak in early nineteenth-century Europe. Her remains were returned to South Africa from France, where they had been kept at the Museum of Man (Musee L'Homme). On April 29, 2002, Sara's remains were officially handed back to the South African people at an emotionally charged ceremony at the country's Embassy in Paris and, on August 9 (National Women's Day), she was ceremonially buried on the banks of the Gamtoos River. 2002. 52 min.

The Role of Congress in Foreign Policy.

Representative Howard Wolpe of Michigan discusses the problems of political education in the U.S. and the role of Congress in foreign policy in light of his experience with the House Subcommittee on Africa. 1983. 59 min.

The Value of Life AIDS in Africa Revisited.

30 million Africans have HIV/AIDS. In the summer of 2003, two years after the release of his documentary "Race against time," United Nations' HIV/AIDS envoy Stephen Lewis returns to Africa, comparing the status of AIDS-afflicted people in 2001 and 2003. There is hope that the epidemic can be helped with new generic antiretroviral drugs on which Canada is expected to pass legislation. 2004. 52 min.
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Through African Eyes.

When first seen in the Western world in 1900, African art was viewed as strange and exotic. Yet these works, the booty of colonial wars, would influence Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani and change the course of 20th century art. This film, while recognizing this impact, introduces noted experts who explain the importance of reappraising African art within its own cultural context. Then local Malian inhabitants in a Bamana village and the walled city of Djenne comment on the function of art and the role of the artist in their society. 1995. 47 min.

Warrior Marks

A poetic and political film about female genital mutilation. Includes interviews with women from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Gambia, the United States, and England. A film by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1993. 54 min. ; See also: Walker, Alice. Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women / Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 1st ed.

Western Sahara, the Last Colony(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 7)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film deals with the territory of Western Sahara which has been embroiled in conflict, as Morocco has fought the Polisario Front's movement to gain independence in the region. Meanwhile, the future of the Saharawi people, living in exile in refugee camps in Algeria and hoping to return to their homeland, remains unclear.

Wind of Change: The End of Colonialism in Africa

Discusses nationalism in black Africa through the experiences of the Gold Coast, French Guinea, and the Belgian Congo, the first colonies to gain independence after World War II. Also considers the effects on Africa of the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union. Features commentary by UN dignitary Sir Brian Urquhart, historians Mahmood Mamdani and Jean Fremigacci and authors William Blum and Keith Kyle. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 57 min.

With These Hands: How Women Feed Africa.

A documentary presenting the stories of three women from three African countries: Burkina Faso, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Each woman tells in her own words of the struggle to feed her family. 1987. 33 min.
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Women's Football in Africa

Looks at the history and difficulties, challenges and successes encountered by women's soccer teams and players in Africa. 2004. 21 min.

Wonders of the African World.

Written and presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 1999. 120 min. each installment. Parts 1 and 2: Gates embarks on an epic journey through Egypt and Sudan in search of Nubia, an ancient African civilization which once rivaled Egypt. Part 2: On travels along the coast of Kenya and Tanzania to the legendary island of Zanzibar, Gates investigates the intriguing historical puzzle: Who are the Swahili people? Parts 3 and 4: Part 3: Gates travels through the old kingdoms of Asante and Dahomey in modern Ghana and Benin to unravel the real story of the transatlantic slave trade. Pt.

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