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In Search of Stability (The Africans)

Gives an overview of the several means of governing in Africa. Examines new social orders to illustrate an Africa in search of a viable form of government in the postindependence period. Compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire. 1986. 58 min.

Jump Over the Atlantic (Salto al Atlantico)

This film traces the similarities and cultural continuities between a small Afro-Venezuelan settlement in Barlovento (Estado Miranda, Venezuela) and the Belgian Congo in Africa, where people were captured as slaves in the nineteenth century. Showcases the everyday and traditional cultural practices that the two groups share: music, dance, and musical instruments, many words, food, dress, crafts, healing herbs and even hairstyles. A film by Maria Eugenia Esparragoza. 1990. 28 min.

King Leopold's Ghost

Chronicles the shocking tale of the richest country in Africa, claimed by the rapacious King Leopold II of Belgium. Under his greedy reign, the Congo suffered unimaginable horrors. The epic is filled with fascinating adventurers, European, American and Congolese: a story brought to life with a treasure trove of archival materials -- letters, secret reports and photographs. Based on the book by Adam Hochschild (Moffitt DT655 .H63 1998) Produced and directed by Pippa Scott. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 2008. 103 min.

Kinshasa, When Everything Falls Apart. (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 2.)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Examines traditional methods of conflict resolution through a tribal court in Kinshasa. 1997. 26 min.

Lumumba (2000)

Directed by Raoul Peck. Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Theophile Moussa Sowie, Andre Debaar. Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who led his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated. 115 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also: Documentary film by Raoul Peck, Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

This film recounts Lumumba's 200 day rule culminating well-financed and organized force in the country--the military. In French with English subtitles. 1992. 69 min.

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Mobutu, King of Zaire: An African Tragedy

The definitive visual record of the rise and fall of Joseph Desire Mobutu, ruler of Zaire (the Congo) for over 30 years. Drawing upon 140 hours of rare archival material found in Kinshasa, and 50 hours of interviews with those once close to him, it tells the story of the man at the heart of Central Africa's post-colonial history. 1999. 3 videocassettes A film by Thierry Michel. 52 min. each
web web sites:Description from First Run Icarus catalog

Nganga Kiyangala: Congo Religion in Cuba

An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Nganga is one of the sects in Cuba which are more than Christian in belief, rituals, music and dance. Some of the differences between the Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria) and Abakua beliefs are also discussed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 34 min.

Ota Benga: A Pygmy in America

This documentary relates one of the saddest episodes in the history of American racism when a pygmy, Ota Benga, was taken from the Congo in 1904 and subsequently exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair and the Bronx Zoo. Features archival film and animation, and one sequence filmed in color in 1999. c2002. 17 min.