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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…
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…
Lucky
How could a recently orphaned, 10-year old homeless South African boy ever be called Lucky? Over the grave of his dead mother, Lucky makes a promise to make something of himself. Leaving the security of his remote Zulu village for…
Yeelen
This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali, is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story mixed with magic, Yeelen is as visually stunning as anything from Hollywood. Set in the powerful…
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…
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…
The Pirogue
In Moussa Toure's powerful epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea - and the possibility of never reaching their destination - in exchange for the myth of a better life…
Les Saignantes
This is the best African sci-fi vampire political satire with homoerotic overtones you've ever seen. Best friends Majolie and Chouchou are two beautiful young women trying to get ahead in a near-future Cameroon. After accidentally killing a powerful politician during…
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…
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,…
Kousayla
A film festival favorite from Algeria, KOUSAYLA tells the story of an 11 year-old boy who has just lost his grandmother. He cannot not accept this, and he now has only one thought: to understand why his grandmother passed away…
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…
Son of Man
In the state of Judea in southern Africa, violence, poverty and sectarianism are endemic. The neighboring Alliance has invaded under the pretense of restoring peace. Bloody street battles accompany the dictatorship's incursion into its weaker satellite. Promises of a transition…
Bezness
Bezness takes place in one of Tunisia's beautiful coastline tourist cities. it tells the contemporary story of a young man trapped between Arab tradition and prostitution. Through this young man who dreams of escape, the Director, Nouri Bouzid, criticizes both…
The Cathedral
The Cathedral is a lyrical narration set in the beautiful and unusual setting of Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius. Lina, a young woman in search of her identity interacts daily with friends and family in a carefree happy manner that will…
Sia, the Myth of the Python
Kombi is a poverty-stricken city dominated by a tyrant king. In order to bring back prosperity, the king is advised by his priests to make the traditional human sacrifice of a young virgin to a mystical snake god. Sia, the…
Tango With Me
Lola (Genevieve Nnaji) and Uzo (Joseph Benjamin) are the perfect, newly, married couple, with both their lives ahead of them. Until a mistaken identity during the happiest day of their lives lead to the beginning of their worst nightmares. The…
Tall as the Baobab Tree
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…
Relentless
Relentless is a coming-of-age story set in the bustling city of Lagos by successful Paris-based Art director, Andy Amadi. Obi, a young Nigerian peacekeeping soldier recently returned from an assignment in war-torn Sierra Leone, meets and falls in love with…
Cape Verde My Love
Praia, Cape verde. Laura, Flavia and Bela are childhood friends. Each leads her own life and they sometimes meet to dance, dine and have fun. But one day the calm rivers of their lives break their banks and become wild…