UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open! Learn more.

Using the Library during COVID-19

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are now open. To stay up to date on the Library’s policies and services during the pandemic, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage.

African Studies

3551, a Story of Change

Presents the demobilization process of some 3551 child soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Army by UNICEF in southern Sudan. 199? 28 min.

A Constitution Worth Fighting For.

A discussion of the need to draft a constitution for South Africa that will protect the rights of every citizen and provide the framework for good government. Sponsored as a public service by The Free Market Foundation with the support of The Center for International Private Enterprise. (M-PAL format) 1996. 16 min.

A Crisis in Human Rights: Genocide in Darfur and Beyond

Focusing on the crisis in Darfur, the speakers will offer a comprehensive view of how and why a conflict evolves into a full-fledged genocide. The Darfur genocide has involved not just the outright immediate killing of people, but also the creation of conditions that have made life impossible by chasing people out into the desert and destroying their homes, villages, food supplies and livelihoods. Speakers will present eyewitness accounts of events on the ground in Darfur as well as academic research into conflict and peace within and between nations.

A Garden of Eden In Decay (The Africans)

Identifies the problems of a continent that produces what it does not consume and consumes what it does not produce. Shows Africa's struggle between economic dependence and decay. Examines economic and agricultural failures and successes in Algeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan Resettling in America

More than 2 million Sudanese have died in the longest uninterrupted civil war in the world. This film traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans, a fraction of the 17,000 so-called "lost boys" of Sudan, and their arrival and resettlement in Seattle. Not your average immigration story, the 3 youths using digital video cameras, recorded their own experiences over the course of 18 months.

A Joking Relationship (!Kung San series)

Examines humor as an important part of institutionalized kinship behavior among the !Kung Bushman. 199-. 13 min.
web web sites:
Description from Documentary Educational Resources catalog

A Paz e Que o Povo Chama (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 10)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Musicians from both sides of the Civil War in Angola meet to create a song for peace. We go behind the scenes to see the making of the Peace Song and . 26 min.

A Plague Upon the Land (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, [1984]).

Discusses the source of river blindness or onchocerciasis in the Volta River Basin of West Africa. Describes symptoms, social and economic problems caused by the disease, and the measures being used to attempt to control it. 1984. 24 min.

A Sense of Freedom: A Story of Democracy and Progress in Africa.

Examines Africa's smallest country, the Gambia, as one of only a few successful multi-party democracies on the continent. African journalist Hilton Fyle surveys the social and economic reasons underlying this success, featuring interviews with President Jawara and other government leaders, foreign and domestic investors and businessmen, and the leader of the political opposition. 1992. 57 min.

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.