Keita: The Heritage of the Griot

California Newsreel
Show More

Related videos

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…
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…
Sabriya
Part of the Series: Africa Dreaming
This film explores the impact of the modern world on the traditional male society of the Maghreb. It is a film about men who prefer to live life as an abstract game and the free-spirited woman who changes everything. Said and Youssef have fulfilled a life-long dream by opening a…
Guimba the Tyrant
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 wealth and potential with its present poverty and plunder. Director Cheick Oumar Sissoko comments,…
Everyone's Child
A feature film examining the plight of Africa's 10,000,000 children orphaned by AIDS. EVERYONE'S CHILD is an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of parentless children. Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS, the film challenges Africans to reaffirm their tradition that an…
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. This proleptic tale about a comic revolution in which women's and men's roles are reversed was, in…
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…
Africa Dreaming
A landmark in African television - a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent. AFRICA DREAMING was designed to give Africans a rare opportunity to speak directly to each other in their own words and images. It is also…
And So Angels Die - Ainsi Meurent Les Anges
Moussa Sene Absa's latest work pushes the formal boundaries of African cinema to explore the complex interplay of history and psychology in contemporary Africa. Intensely personal and at the same time deeply political, Ainsi meurent les anges combines the elegiac lyricism of his Ca twiste a Poponguine with the acerbic…
Life is Rosey - La Vie Est Belle
Soukous music legend, Papa Wemba, stars in the rags to riches story of a poor country musician who seeks fame in the vibrant music industry of Kinshasa. LA VIE EST BELLE takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, the Congo's exhilarating and exasperating capital whose back alleys and…
Belonging
Part of the Series: Real Stories from a Free South
Born into exile in Britain as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now, ten years later, Kethiwe -- a hip, young woman with a British accent -- finds herself struggling to place herself in the new South…
Oh Freedom After While
The story of the 1939 Missouri sharecroppers strike reveals the complex issues of cotton farming in the early 1930s and what it was like to be a sharecropper in that time. One wintry morning in January 1939, residents of southeastern Missouri awoke to a startling sight. More than 1,000 sharecroppers…