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Dakan (Destiny)
The first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. While "coming out" may have become primetime fare in the U.S., this film was met with angry protests when it was shot in the director's native Guinea and has generated heated debate among Africanists here as well. But beyond its controversial…
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…
After Stonewall
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun. After Stonewall, the sequel to Before Stonewall, chronicles the…
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
Academy Award winning director Richard Schmiechen (The Times of Harvey Milk) vividly portrays the life and work of the woman described by the Los Angeles Times as "The Rosa Parks of Gay Rights" in Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker. During the repressive 1950s, Dr. Evelyn Hooker…
Thunderbolt
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. Thunderbolt will come as a bolt out of the blue to most Americans, even aficionados of African cinema. It is one of the best examples of the little-known…
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story, the result of a remarkable pairing between fiction and non-fiction filmmakers, depicts an even more remarkable relationship. Erika and Klaus Mann, the brilliant eldest children of German author Thomas Mann, claimed to be identical twins, despite being born more than a…
Flame
The role of women in guerilla struggles and in post-liberation societies is depicted in a story of the women freedom fighters of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle. Flame is perhaps the most controversial film ever made in Africa --certainly the only one to be seized by the police during editing on…
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,…
O Happy Day - The Early Days of Black Gay Liberation
The seminal short film O Happy Day imagines the early days of gay liberation for black gay men. Lofton juxtaposes images of black men from late 60s and early 70s films with images of Black Panther Party demonstrations, as a way of intentionally revising history. The soundtrack is punctuated by…
Brother Outsider - The Life of Bayard Rustin
On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? He was there at most of the important events of the Civil Rights Movement - but always in the background. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin…
Miss HIV: Overcoming AIDS in Africa
AIDS is the leading killer of people under 60 in the world today, most in sub-Saharan Africa. Unlike any other film on AIDS, Miss HIV explores the battle over international HIV/AIDS policy and its impact. The film also highlights how some in Africa are fighting to overcome the paralyzing stigma…
Tusk of the Elephant - Pembe Ya N'Dovu
Pembe ya Ndovu travels through the heart of Africa -- from Gabon's Atlantic coast, through the Congo Basin, to the savannahs of East Africa -- in a journey to uncover the serious threats to African wildlife and biodiversity. Filmed in full HD, spectacular sequences of elephants, rhinos, gorillas and okapis…