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The Library of African Cinema
Films from Africa made by Africans offer restorative images and oftentimes a new film language. The unique films in this collection not only showcase the works of master filmmakers but also innovative new talents who are embracing video technology. To see Africa through African eyes will break stereotypes and enlighten viewers about life in Africa as well as about the issues facing the continent.

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THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Sierre Leone / Spain, 1998, in English and Mende with English subtitles
Images, instrumental music, song, interviews and narrative provide clues in the search for a lost song, its history, and its argument for cultural retention between aspects of African and African-American culture. MORE...
BELONGING
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, South Africa, 2004, In English and Zulu with English subtitles
Born into exile in Britain as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to South Africa in 1994. She struggles to find her place in the new South Africa. In her quest for identity, this hip young woman decides to embrace Zulu traditions by going through an initiation ritual - one rejected by her older sister as meaningless. MORE...
CINDERELLA OF THE CAPE FLATS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 58 minutes, South Africa, 2004, In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Poorly paid garment workers in the Coloured townships around Cape Town have for years made clothes so that other women could dress up. But each year, after working for weeks on glamorous dresses, one woman among them will be crowned in the Annual Spring Queen pageant. MORE...
FINZAN
(A Dance for the Heroes)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 107 minutes, Mali, 1990, in Bambara with English subtitles
Cheick Oumar Sissoko explores the status of African women in two interlocking stories of traditional village society. MORE...
KEITA: THE HERITAGE OF THE GRIOT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, Burkina Faso, 1995, in French and Jula with English subtitles
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A young boy and his distant ancestor engage in parallel quests to understand their destinies and to know the meaning of their names. In so doing, Keita makes the case for an "Afrocentric" education, where African tradition, not an imported Western curricula is the necessary starting point for African development. MORE...
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF TIMBUKTU
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, South Africa, Mali, Morocco, 2009, In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Timbuktu was founded in the 11th century as a major city in the Mali Empire and its prominence as an advanced civilization lasted until the 18th century. Along with being a thriving trading and Islamic religious center, it also established great places of higher learning. These educational institutions generated scholarly texts which became known as the “Manuscripts of Timbuktu”. MORE...
MONDAY'S GIRLS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 50 minutes, United Kingdom / Nigeria, 1993
The conflict between modern individualism and traditional society is seen through the eyes of two young Niger Delta women involved in a five-week long women's initiation ceremony. MORE...
LE SILENCE DE LA FORET
(The Forest)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 93 minutes, Caberoon / Central African Republic / Gabon, 2003, In Diaka, French and Sango with English subtitles
This film, the first from the Central African Republic, takes us inside the world of the 'pygmies' or more properly BaAka. A well-intentioned school reformer, disgusted by the corruption in his country, attempts to bring modern learning to what appear to him as the last remaining 'noble savages.' But these superbly adapted rain forest hunter gatherers want none of his knowledge. MORE...
TAAFE FANGA
(Skirt Power)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 95 minutes, Mali, 1997, in Bambara and Kaado with English subtitles
A gender-bending farce set among the cliff-dwelling 18th century Dogon people, makes serious points about the status of women in Africa. It shows how ancient mythology can still shed light on modern issues. MORE...
THESE HANDS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 45 minutes, Tanzania, 1992, in Kimakonde and Swahili with English subtitles
Without plot or narration, this mesmerizing documentary records the dehumanizing monotony of a day in the life of women chipping rocks by hand in a Tanzanian quarry while discovering the communal warmth and joy that defies this spirit-breaking labor. MORE...

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