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In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage. A powerful voice from Africa's young generation, Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its…
Times And Winds
Winner of the Best Film and FIPRESCI prizes at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Reha Erdem's Times and Winds is a film "bewitched by the rhythms of everyday life" (The Village Voice) that "packs a poetic-spiritual punch way beyond its placid surface" (Variety). Laying bare forbidden yearnings, dawning sexuality, and…
Curling
The late Jeroen Willems, in his final leading role for the big screen, turns in a powerful, slow- burn performance. In this battle of wills between two powerful personalities--the father, once domineering and now in decline, and the son, preparing to live his own life when his father is gone--what…
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.…
Viva Laldjerie
Three women: a mother, her daughter and a prostitute have been living in a hotel in the heart of Algiers amid creeping fundamentalism. Goucem, the daughter, has chosen a modern, emancipated life, spending steamy weekends in nightclubs. Fifi, her faithful friend, prostitutes herself under the thumb of a local protector.…
The Law (Tilai)
The unbending nature of village law wreaks havoc upon an all-too human family in this film from the nation of Burkina Faso. In the story, a young man has fallen in love with and become affianced to a young woman. But then his father swiftly exercises his customary parental prerogatives,…
Prince Of The Himalayas
PRINCE OF THE HIMALAYAS is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet by acclaimed director Sherwood Hu. Set in ancient Tibet, under the shadows of the Himalayas, Prince Lhamoklodan returns home to find his uncle has taken the throne and married the queen, his mother, upon the mysterious death of his…
The Grocer's Son
It is summer, and 30-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence. His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed--driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants. Accompanied…
Clando (Clandestine)
Proud and determined, the hunter set out, leaving behind his village ravaged by a terrible drought. All the villagers came out to wish him well, and everyone gave what he could: an egg, a handful of peanuts or a few kola nuts... As in the folktale, Sobgui, a former computer…
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…
A Fortunate Life Part 1
Part of the Series: A Fortunate Life
At eight years old, an impoverished Bert Facey was forced to start the backbreaking, dawn-to-dusk life of a farm labourer. Unschooled, his father dead, abandoned by his mother, by the age of twenty he had survived the rigours of pioneering the harsh Australian bush and the slaughter of the bloody…
Mark Donskoy - The Childhood of Maxim Gorky
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, tells the story of Aleksei Peshkov a 12 year old boy, living in 19th Century Russia, who would later be known as Maxim Gorky, possibly Russia's most famous and celebrated novelist and dramatist. Made in 1938, the film is based on Gorky's autobiography `My Childhood',…