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Films Set In or About Africa

A Dry White Season(1989)

Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Jurgen Prochnow, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando. The politics of apartheid are put into meaningful, human terms in this critically acclaimed film about a prominent White schoolteacher who is awakened to the reality of South African justice. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A World Apart (1988)

Directed by Chris Menges. Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbe, Paul Freeman, Tim Roth, Jodhi May. Set in South Africa in 1963, this docudrama tells the true story of idealistic journalist Ruth First Slovo who defies the government and becomes the first woman arrested under the 90-day Detention Act-- both a story of government abuse and a look at one mother's neglect of her family because of her involvement with a larger cause. 113 min.

Across the World with Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson (1930)

The Johnsons, naturalists and explorers, journeyed across Africa in the 1920s and 30s, encountering and filming many forms of native wildlife and people. 79 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

Adanggaman (France / Switzerland / Ivory Coast / Burkina Faso / Italy, 2000)

Director, Roger Gnoan M'Bala. Cast: Rasmane Ouedraogo, Albertine N'Guessan, Bintou Bakayoko, Honore Goore Bi Ziable. In West Africa during the late 17th century a strong-willed young man (Ossei) sets out to rescue his mother when their village is raided. His quest leads him to the stronghold of the dreaded King Adanggaman, an arrogant despot who thrives on the slave trade and uses fierce female warriors to enforce his power. One of these Amazons, herself a former slave, falls in love with Ossei, and they escape to the bush.

Africa Dreaming(1997)

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 (28 min.).

Africa Screams (1949)

Directed by Charles Barton. Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello. Starving cannibals, ferocious lions and awesome apes terrorize Abbott and Costello in this African adventure. 79 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Africa Speaks!

Narrator, Lowell Thomas. Documentary account of Paul Hoefler's photography expedition through central Africa in 1928-1929. Containing many varied and interesting shots of African tribes and wildlife, the film footage from it was later interpolated into many jungle-themed adventure movies. Originally released as a motion picture in 1930. 60 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

African Journey (1970)

Director, George Bloomfield. Luke, a high-school student from Canada, gets more than he bargains for on a trip to East Africa. He and Temba, an African youth, search for their fathers who have been in a mining accident. The two forge a lasting friendship as each discovers how much they have in common despite their vastly different cultures. 173 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Baboona (Mr. and Mrs. Martin Johnson's Baboona: An Aerial Epic Over Africa

Early 20th century naturalists and explorers, Martin and Osa Johnson journey across Africa in 1935 in two amphibious airplanes, encountering and filming African natives and many forms of wildlife including lions, rhino, elephants, and especially a large population of baboons. A prime example of the type of popular, wildly exploitative travel film made in the US between 1920 and 1950. 73 min.

Besieged (Italy / UK, 1998)

Director, Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang. After her husband is arrested in Africa, Shandurai flees to an enchanting villa in Rome where she gains employment working for an eccentric recluse and falls in love. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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