Keita
the Heritage of the Griot
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema

California Newsreel
Show More

Related videos

Quand Les Etoiles Rencontrent La Mer - When the Stars Meet the Sea
This film is one of the most magical to come out of Africa--hardly surprising since Madagascar is unlike anywhere else on earth. Raymond Rajaonarivelo follows his epic first film on the Malagasy liberation struggle, Taba Taba, with a very different, poetic film exploring the relationship between traditional and modern concepts…
Names Live Nowhere
In this film whose title is a Senegalese proverb, a griot (story teller) traveling from Dakar to Brussels weaves a tale about African expatriates and offers a candid look at the life of African immigrants in Belgium. With Sotigui Kouyate - a real life griot - as the story teller.
Owu: Chidi Joins the Okoroshi Secret Society
Witness an uncompromising portrait of a young man's initiation into a men's secret society. It begins with the elder griot and praise singer talking about the origins of the "Owu" society. Two keepers of tradition, the griot and the town's oldest woman and female griot, Ezenwanyi (Leader of Women), narrate…
Sotigui Kouyaté, a Modern Griot
Born in 1936 in Bamako (Mali), Kouyate belongs to an illustrious family of griots-masters of words who are at once genealogists, historians, masters of ceremonies, advisers, mediators, singers and musicians. He has appeared in some 60 films, including Sia The Dream of the Python directed by his son Dany Kouyate…
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…
Siaka, An African Musician
Siaka Diabate is a musician at Bouake, the second largest town in the Cote d'Ivoire. Through his mother's family he is Senufo, but through his father's ancestry he considers himself a Mande griot. He is a multi-talented professional musician, and for the local festivals plays five instruments: the Senufo and…
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…
Zan Boko (Homeland)
This story of a village family caught up in the transformation of an agrarian, subsistence economy into an industrialized commodity economy. Gaston Kabore's film Zan Boko explores the conflict between tradition and modernity, a central theme in many contemporary African films, such as Keita and Ta Dona. It tells the…
End of the Rainbow
An in-depth look at the impact of a multinational gold mining industry on the economy, environment and traditions of a local community in Guinea. End of the Rainbow provides a concise, in-depth look at the impact of global extractive industries on local populations, their economy, their traditions and their environment.…
Allah Tantou (God's Will) - Human Rights Abuses in Africa
Old home movies, newsreels and a prison diary are interwoven to link personal and public history in this assessment of human rights abuses in Guinea-Conakry. Allah Tantou is the first African film to confront the immense personal and political costs of the widespread human rights abuses on the continent. It…
The Dausi and African Epics
The epic looms large as a storytelling genre in world mythology. Because of their customary length and level of detail, epics often provide a more comprehensive sense of the early cultures that spawned them than any other literary form. African mythology contains numerous captivating epics. Explore what is known of…
Building a Nation
The epic story of the rise of the Afrikaner people in South Africa, told from their view of history.