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General Idi Amin Dada
Part of the Series: Criterion World Documentaries Collection
In 1971, the small African nation of Uganda was taken over by self-styled dictator General Idi Amin Dada, beginning an eight-year reign of terror that would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. In this chilling yet darkly comic…
Peace in Our Pockets - Kenyans Using Mobile Phones and SMS to Build Peace and Prevent Violence
The film follows inspirational Kenyan activists as they promote civic engagement, build democracy, and defuse violence in the lead up to historic 2013 national elections. With cutting-edge SMS text-messaging, mobile phones, and people-to-people organizing, the peacebuilders transform the very meaning…
A Blooming Business - The Flower Factories of Kenya
The roses we enjoy may come with more thorns than we realize. Delving deep into the heart of the global flower industry, A BLOOMING BUSINESS shows us the difficult reality behind the pretty flowers. In Kenya, giant flower factories use…
The Boy From Geita - Raising Awareness for Albinism in Africa
"Zero zero" - translated literally as "nothing" - is what a boy like Adam is called in Tanzania because of his albino complexion. Adam's pale skin makes him vulnerable not only to the sun's rays, but to the most violent…
The Father
Three dramatic shorts from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ethiopia take a critical look at the relationship between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. THE FATHER offers a critical look at the relationship between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa.…
Fishers of Dar
Samaki wa Dar es Salaam/Fishers of Dar is an ethnographic film about the fishermen and women of downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It explores the continuity and integrity of traditional fishing practices in new, contemporary settings. Dar es Salaam is…
These Hands
Offering one of the most unforgettable and rewarding experiences of recent African cinema, Flora M'mbugu-Schelling's quiet tribute to women at the very bottom of the international economic order ultimately deepens into a mediation on human labor itself. THESE HANDS will…
Living in Emergency
Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Pakistan. Just a few of the world's humanitarian and political crises in the past years. Whether the result of war or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the immense dangers and…
The Mseyas
The Mseyas are Alberina, Maria, Amos and Orselina. A family of four siblings in Tanzania, they have been Orphaned by AIDS, like so many other young people in Africa. Their lives are a daily struggle to survive without parental or…