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African Studies

A Son of Africa.

A docudrama based on the book, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it fueled a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African village where he was kidnapped into slavery in 1756. He was shipped to a Virginia plantation and then later sold again to a British naval officer.

A Walk to Beautiful

A look at the lives of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of seeking treatment for obstetric fistula. The program follows them walking for hours on their journey to transportation to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they find solace for the first time in years, and stays with them as their lives begin to change. Directed by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher. Originally broadcast in 2008 as a segment on the television program Nova. 56 min.

A Witches Tale(Africa: Search for Common Ground; 6)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. This film examines the issues surrounding witchcraft in South Africa where people are still being killed on suspicion of being witches. Efforts aimed at stemming witchcraft-related violence are examined. Must the government deny the legitimacy of traditional beliefs? Or can the power of traditional healing be used to stop the killing and promote human rights for all? 1997. 26 min.

Ache Moyuba Orisha: Sabre la Santeria Cubana.

An indepth examination of the Syncretism religion, an amalgum of Catholic symbolism and Yoruban African piety, as it is practiced in Cuba. 1990. 42 min.

Africa

A series presenting Africa through the eyes of its people, conveying the beauty and diversity of the continent and the compelling personal stories of those who shape its future. Originally broadcast Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 2001 on the PBS program: Nature.
Episode 1. Savannah Homecoming. Witness the spendor of East Africa's golden plains set against the backdrop of age-old animal migrations in this story of two women and their journeys between bustling cities and rural landscapes.

Africa and the United States.

Africa, a continent of 55 nations is literally defined by dichotomy, a land of famine, human rights abuses and failed nation states but also of untapped wealth and the setting of one of history's greatest nonviolent revolutions, the transition to Black majority rule in South Africa. These dichotomies are reflected in American foreign policy which seems caught between constructive engagement and benign neglect. Carol Lancaster, Dept. Asst. Sec. of State for African Affairs and Susan Rice, Asst. Sec. of State for African Affairs discuss American foreign policy in relation to Africa.

Africa Come Back: The Popular Music of West Africa (Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music; 7)

From Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, this film traces the ties that bind the music of coastal Africa to the music of Europe and the Caribbean. Spirited performances move through a variety of Afro-European fusions to the tough and exhilirating sounds of urban Jamaican popular music, including reggae and deejay. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1984. 60 min.

Africa Dreaming.

Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta. Four television shorts produced in four different African countries to be shown on the African television series Africa Dreaming.

Africa Dreaming.

Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta

Africa Dreaming.

Contents: Sophia's homecoming / directed by Richard Pakleppa ; produced by Bridget Pickering (28 min.) -- Sabriya / written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; produced by Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (28 min.) -- So Be It / written, directed and produced by Joseph Gai Ramaka (28 min) -- The Gaze of the Stars / directed by Joao Ribeiro; produced by Pedro Pimenta

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