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Sorcerers of Zaire.

Explores the life of the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, where hardship and starvation are a way of life. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them sickness and death. Focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. Also shows the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood.

Strange Beliefs.(Strangers Abroad: Pioneers of Social Anthropology; 6)

Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande in Zaire and studied their belief in witchcraft and later worked with the Neur tribe in the Sudan. 1990. 52 min.

The Dictator Hunter

Follow Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch over the course of two suspenseful years as he travels through Africa, Europe and the United States, to bring to justice the former dictator of Chad, Hissene Habre, charged of killing thousands of his own countrymen in the 1980s. The documentary also focuses on Chad's victims, particularly Souleymane Guengueng, a political prisoner under Habre who is working both to rebuild his own life and to help bring Habre to justice. A film by Klaartje Quirijns. 2007. 74 min.

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died, and many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army. Until now, the world has known nothing of their stories. A survivor of gang rape herself, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa F. Jackson has created an extraordinary film in which these brave women finally speak. Producer-director-cinematographer-editor, Lisa F. Jackson. 2007. 76 min.

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:

Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania; Chad, Cameroon; Ivory Coast, Botswana, Republic of South Africa (for complete listing of contents and times, consult OskiCat under series title: JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance).

The Peacekeepers

Provides an intimate and dramatic portrait of the struggle to save a failed state. Follows the determined and often desparate maneuvers to avert another Rwandan disaster, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC). We are with the peacekeepers in the "crisis room" as they balance the risk of loss of life on the ground with the enormous sums of money required from uncertain donor countries. And we are with UN troops as the northeast Congo erupts and the future of the DRC, if not all of central Africa, hangs in the balance. Directed, photographed, and written by Paul Cowan.

Weapon of War

In no other country has sexual violence matched the scale of brutality reached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During nearly two decades of conflicts between rebels and government forces, an estimated 150,000 Congolese women and girls fell victim to mass rape. In personal interviews, soldiers and former combatants provide openhearted but shocking testimony about rape in the DRC. Despite differing views on causes or criminal status, all reveal how years of conflict, as well as discrimination against women, have normalized brutal sexual violence.

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.