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8 videos in this collection

Black Gold
Black Gold asks us 'to wake up and smell the coffee,' to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do…
Ezra
Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. It was awarded the Grand Prize…
Frantz Fanon
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask explores for the first time on film the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major works, Black Skin, White…
Faat Kine
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…
Keita: the Heritage of the Griot
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…
Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
Lumumba: la mort du Prophete offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba…
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu
One of the definitions for Timbuktu in the Oxford Dictionary is "any distant or remote place". Featuring the knowledgeable commentary by African scholars, rich reenactments, and an original musical score…
Thomas Sankara
As Africa looks desperately for leaders of integrity and vision, the life and ideals of the late Thomas Sankara seem more and more relevant and exemplary with the passage of…

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Africa Dreaming
Africa Dreaming is 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.…
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…
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.…
Time & Judgement
Time and Judgement is an overview of the African Liberation Movement that spans a period of 400 hundred years. The film narrates the tribulations and successes of people of African descent in and out of Africa focusing on the last century. Through extensive footage of the movement in the Caribbean,…
His Majesty's Sergeant
His Majesty's Sergeant is a film produced by the late Ghanaian director Ato Yanney. A story of racial conflict set in the war-torn Burmese forest during 1944 when three soldiers, an African, an Indian and a Briton, end up hiding together. Three disparate bands, Jafa (Tommy Ebow Ansah), Singh (Surinder…
So Be It
Episode 3 of Africa Dreaming
Based on a play by Wole Soyinka, The Strong Breed, SO BE IT offers an emotionally searing allegory of present-day Africa's bloody internecine convulsions. Michael, an idealistic foreign doctor (Martinican star Alex Descas), has had little success bringing the promises of modernity to a dusty village of the damned in…
Hyenas
Twenty years after his astonishing first film, Touki Bouki, Djibril Diop Mambety brings us a second feature, Hyenas, as provocative as his first. He adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today's Africa - betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western…
Ezra
Part of the Series: The Library of African Cinema
Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. It was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2007 Festival Panafricain du Cinema a Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Africa's largest and most prestigious film event, and was selected…
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…
Viva Riva
Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora,…
Aya
The film begins in the 1950s: life is back to normal for most Australians, but for Aya (Eri Ishida) the conflict is just beginning. She has risked everything by marrying Frank (Nicholas Eadie), an Australian soldier on duty with the Occupation forces in Japan. Facing hostility from her own family,…
Misfit
After a wild night of partying in a city in Nigeria, early the next morning a young female is stranded on the streets. Finally setting her sights on a commercial bus heading into town, she quickly boards the bus in an attempt to escape street evangelist and prying eyes. She…