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The Father
Three dramatic shorts from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ethiopia take a critical look at the relationship between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. Each film from Tanzania, Nigeria and Ethiopia offers a critical look at the relationship between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. Surrender shows the traditional face…
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Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa's entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War. Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the…
Hyenas
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Vivid action dramatizations of episodes in the life of Andrew Jackson are juxtaposed with tableaux from a theater of the day in the story of the boisterous frontier fighter who became president. "An insight into the minds and values of Jackson and the new opportunists."--Social Education. An LCA release.
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Karmen Gei
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Les Saignantes
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