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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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Political and Economic Development 23 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, 2000,  
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A documentary of South Africa's quest for restorative justice following four cases that come before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Congo / France, 2003, in English, French, Jula and Yoruba with English subtitles
Afro@Digital looks at the impact of various digital technologies across a broad swath of present-day African life and asks how the technology is affecting African culture and how it can best serve the interests of Africa and the global South. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 82 minutes, Sudan and United Kingdom, 2005, in Arabic and English with English subtitles
A Sudanese immigrant to the UK returns to her homeland to understand why the seemingly racially harmonious country of her memories has become the scene of one of the worst instances of ethnic cleansing in recent history. What she discovers is that race may be too crude a concept to understand the crisis of Darfur. MORE...
(God's Will)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 62 minutes, France / Guinea, 1991, in French with English subtitles
Old home movies, newsreels and a prison diary are interwoven to link personal and public history in this assessment of human rights abuses in Guinea-Conakry. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 75 minutes, Niger/France, 2004, In French, Bariba, Hausa and Tamashek with English subtitles
Arlit: Deuxieme Paris is a case study in environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extract nuclear power and profits leaving behind disease, contamination and unemployment. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 77 minutes, 2006,  
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After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world. But for every $2 cup of coffee, a farmer receives only a few pennies. The film traces the tangled trail from the two billion cups of coffee consumed each day back to the coffee farmers who produce the beans. In the process Black Gold provides an in-depth study of the commodity and offers a compelling introduction to the ‘fair trade’ movement galvanizing consumers around the globe. MORE...
(Let There Be Peace)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 105 minutes, Chad, 2000, in Chadian Arabic and French with English subtitles
The first feature film on civil war in modern-day Chad puts a human face on the cycle of violence that engulfs many African countries. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 110 minutes, Nigeria/France/Austria, 2007
Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent’s recent civil wars. Ezra is structured around the week-long questioning of a 16 year old boy, Ezra, before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its decade long civil war. This hearing is then inter-cut with chronological flashbacks to pivotal moments during Ezra’s ten years in the rebel faction which made him who he is. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 121 minutes, Senegal, 2001, in French and Wolof with English subtitles
Ousmane Sembene, the father of African cinema, examines the interplay of gender, economics and power in the fictional life story of businesswoman Faat Kine. MORE...
(Women with Open Eyes)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Togo, 1994, in French with English subtitles
Women in four African countries are shown organizing around issues of marital rights, reproductive health, female genital mutilation and entrepreneurship. MORE...


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