Finzan (a Dance for the Heroes)

California Newsreel
Show More

Related videos

Guimba the Tyrant
An historical allegory by Cheick Oumar Sissoko tells the tale of a tyrant overthrown. Winner of the most prestigious award in African cinema, the Grand Prize at FESPACO '95, Guimba has been acclaimed as one of the most visually ravishing African films ever made. This epic allegory contrasts Africa's tremendous…
These Hands
Without plot or narration, this mesmerizing documentary records the dehumanizing monotony of a day in the life of women chipping rocks by hand in a Tanzanian quarry while discovering the communal warmth and joy that defies this spirit-breaking labor. Who would have suspected that a 45 minute documentary about women…
Faat Kine
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
In Faat Kine, Ousmane Sembene, the unquestioned father of African cinema, calls his fellow Africans to a reckoning of the post-independence era at the beginning of a new century. At 77, he sums up 40 years of path-breaking filmmaking with a penetrating analysis of the interplay of gender, economics and…
Karmen Gei
A retelling of the celebrated "Carmen" myth set in contemporary Senegal to African music and dance. Director Joseph Gai Ramaka writes: "Carmen is a myth but what does Carmen represent today? Where do Carmen's love and freedom stand at the onset of the 21st Century? Therein lies my film's intent,…
Ca twiste a Poponguine (Rocking Poponguine)
Ca twiste a Poponguine is perhaps the most charming, fast-paced and accessible film in our Library of African Cinema collection. This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin. These Senegalese teenagers living it up on…
Mortu Nega (Those Whom Death Refused)
This fictional account of the closing months of the war against the Portuguese and the consolidation of the independent West African nation of Guinea-Bissau both reflects and critiques the revolutionary process. Mortu Nega, as its title implies, is a unique kind of elegy - not so much to the victims…
Taafe Fanga (Skirt Power)
A gender-bending farce set among the cliff-dwelling 18th century Dogon people, makes serious points about the status of women in Africa. It shows how ancient mythology can still shed light on modern issues. Director Adama Drabo has devised a gender-bending farce set among the 18th Century Dogon to make some…
Witches in Exile
From Tanzania and Zambia to Ivory Coast and Ghana belief in witchcraft continues to terrorize women: the denunciation, brutal beating, the banishment to an unknown village without family or friends. In Northern Ghana alone there are estimated to be more than 5000 'witches' confined to 'witches villages,' part sanctuaries, part…
Pieces D'Identites (Pieces of Identity)
The fable of an old African king and his wayward daughter is updated to present day Brussels to make provocative points about racism, tradition, class struggle, cultural identity and corruption. More than a decade ago Mweze Ngangura delighted the cinema world with one of the most accessible and entertaining African…
Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts (Women with Open Eyes)
Women in four African countries are shown organizing around issues of marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation and entrepreneurship. A film about African women is a rarity, even more, one made by an African woman. In Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts, award-winning Togolese filmmaker, Anne-Laure Folly presents portraits of contemporary…
Monday's Girls - Individualism and Community for African Women
Monday's Girls explores the conflict between modern individualism and traditional communities in today's Africa through the eyes of two young Waikiriki women from the Niger delta. Although both come from leading families in the same large island town, Florence looks at the iria women's initiation ceremony as an honor, while…
Woubi Cheri
A cross-section of gender-bending pioneers describe in their own words their lives as homosexual Africans in Abijan. Woubi Cheri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces us to gender…