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African Studies

Aiming High. (Life; 4)

In 1986 Uganda was bankrupt. Six years of civil war had followed the ousting of former President Idi Amin and its social and state institutions were near collapse. But today Uganda's economy is widely seen as a success story and over the last ten years the number of Ugandans living in absolute poverty has been cut by half. This film looks at how Uganda has achieved this remarkable turnaround and questions whether the country could now be on course to meet the Millennium development goals by 2015. Directed by Ashley Bruce. 26 min.

Alan Paton's Beloved Country

Alan Paton -- teacher, author, politician -- was one of South Africa's most remarkable sons. This documentary reveals the man and the complex relationship he had with his country. Repelled by the racism he saw in the homeland he loved, his Christian conscience propelled him into the world of political action. He wrote Cry the Beloved Country, the novel that had the most profound impact in the world-wide struggle against apartheid. This documentary relates the author to his work and includes Paton reading extracts from his novel. [1999?] 54 min.

Albert Schweitzer: Reverence for Life

A historical overview of the life of Albert Schweitzer, theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician who spent his life in Lambarene (Gabon) after founding a missionary hospital to serve the native population in 1912. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his philosophy of "Reverence for Life", expressed through his life's work in service to Africans. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min.

All About Darfur

Up until now the perilous situation in Sudan has been seen only from outside the country. This documentary offers an opportunity to hear it explained by eloquent, diverse, and even contradictory voices from within Sudan. The director talks to ordinary Sudanese in outdoor tea shops, markets, refugee camps and living rooms about how deeply rooted prejudices could suddenly burst into a wild fire of ethnic violence. Written, produced and directed by Taghreed Elsanhouri. 2005. 82 min.

Allah Tantou, a la Grace de Dieu (Allah Tantou, God's Will Be Done) (Guinea/France, 1991)

Director: David Achkar. Examines the life of the filmmaker's father, a diplomat under the Sekou Toure regime, who later disappeared into the Guinean gulag. Film reevaluates the turbulent decade of African independence and discusses its relevance to the new political order on the continent. In French and Soussou with English subtitles. 62 min. ;

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritural dimension named for the Xhosa word for "power". An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph. Featuring Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu.

Ambush in Mogadishu

An investigation of what went wrong with the peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. On Oct. 3, 1993, elite units of the U.S. Army's Rangers and Delta Force were pinned down on the streets of Mogadishu by forces of Somali warlord, Mohammed Farah Aidid. Eighteen American soldiers died and seventy-five were wounded. The incident caused the U.S. to rethink its response to the world's humanitarian crises. Includes new charges that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network trained and supported the Somali fighters responsible for the attack.

An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train. (Life, Part 4)

A group of health professionals spends nine months or each year touring the poorest and most remote areas of South Africa by rail. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the "good clean health train" delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.
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An African Election

In 2008, director Jarreth Merz returns to his boyhood home of Ghana where he discovers a country churning with political, social and economic turmoil. Ghana is on the cusp of its presidential election and Merz pulls us with him into the political machine. Following key candidates for three months, he provides an insider's view into the lives of the Ghanaian people and the larger-than-life politicians who will do anything to win. An African election is a powerful and suspenseful documentary, offering a unique story about the struggles of a third world democracy in the global eye.

An Interview with Steve Biko.

The South African civil rights activist discusses the history of the black Consciousness Movement, its relations with other black Nationalist groups and with whites working for change, as well as his hopes for a peaceful transition to a non-segregated society in South Africa. 24 min.

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