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Keita - the Heritage of the Griot
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
Keita creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate. Director Dani Kouyati's frames his dramatization of the epic within the story of Mabo Keita, contemporary boy from Burkina Faso, learning the history of his family.…
My German Friend - El amigo alemán
After the war, Nazis and Jews alike fled to Argentina to escape war crime tribunals and the horrendous persecution of the past, respectively. Each brings with them an intense dislike of the other, trying their best to begin new lives, but the ghosts of the past sometimes never let go.…
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…
The Personals - Zheng hun qi shi
An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous, perverted or all of the above. From a tightfisted businessman to a shy writer who brings…
Little Brothers - Petits frères 
Jacques Doillon, director of the widely loved Ponette, has crafted a wonderful follow-up, the gritty and authentic, yet also unexpectedly lyrical and buoyant Petits Freres. Talia, a 13-year old girl who is already battle weary from fighting with her mean stepfather, runs away from home with her beloved dog Kim.…
Next Year Lake Balaton - Und Nächstes Jahr am Balaton
Jonas and Ines are in love and want to spend their vacation together camping on the Baltic coast. But Ines's narrow-minded parents intervene and insist that the young couple joins the family vacation. Problems arise, so everyone ends up traveling to the Bulgarian Black Sea on their own. Along the…
Remembrance - Die verlorene Zeit 
Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944. In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancee Hannah, whom he meets while imprisoned. With the Nazis in pursuit and determined…
Animals
This very unconventional coming-of-age tale is an intoxicating blend of fantasy and cold reality as it follows shy teenager's perilous period when exciting but troubling sexuality enters into his formerly innocent world. Seventeen-year-old high-schooler Pol has stubbornly extended his childhood, aided in no small measure by his opinionated, drums-playing, English-speaking…
Open Up To Me - Kerron sinulle kaiken
Maarit (Leea Klemola) has successfully managed to live what she considers a double life - a male body transformed into an attractive and intelligent woman. Maarit's new life and body have come with a considerable price, as many transgendered individuals have discovered. An estranged wife and daughter, the feeling of…
No Time to Die
A hearse driver meets and falls in love with a young, beautiful dancer who is planning an elaborate homegoing celebration for her mother. This love and comedy feature length film follows the suitor as he does everything to win her affection despite the steep oposition from his father-in-law to be…
Heart of Fire (Feuerherz)
After spending the first ten years of her life in a Catholic orphanage, the young and fiery Awet excitedly learns that she is soon to be reunited with her family. But her hopes for a normal life are dashed when her father, a fanatical supporter of the Eritrean Liberation Front,…
Wherever You Go
Years after cutting herself off from her Orthodox family, Zohara (30) decides to show up at her younger sister's wedding. On her way from her to the wedding she meets Neriman (20), a young Bedouin woman, who's escaping an arranged wedding forced upon her with her cousin. Zohara finds herself…