Africa Dreaming

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4 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Sophia's Homecoming
This film reminds us that the devastating personal effects of the massive social dislocations caused by apartheid can never be erased. Sophia, like so many other women, becomes a self-reliant…
Episode 2 Sabriya
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…
Episode 3 So Be It
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…
Episode 4 The Gaze of the Stars
At the center of this story is a woman felt only by her absence - in other words, a dream of a woman, perhaps symbolic of the lost dream for…

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