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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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LE SILENCE DE LA FORET
(The Forest)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 93 minutes, Cameroon / 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...
STATE OF DENIAL
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 83 minutes, South Africa / USA, 2003,  , in English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles
South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV+ people in the world. State of Denial puts a human face on the millions affected by introducing us to six South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. It shows how they must fight not only the disease but the greed of the drug cartels and the incomprehensible inactivity of their own government in order to get treatment. MORE...
TAAFE FANGA
(Skirt Power)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
TABLEAU FERRAILLE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 85 minutes, Senegal, 1997, in French and Wolof with English subtitles
The story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall in a small town, Tableau Ferraille ("scrap heap") paints a picture of a corrupt post-colonial elite. MORE...
THESE HANDS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
THIS IS NOLLYWOOD
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 56 minutes, Nigeria, 2007
The story of Nigeria's home grown film industry, which is gaining recognition as a cultural and cinematic phenomenon. MORE...
THOMAS SANKARA: THE UPRIGHT MAN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 52 minutes, France, 2006, In French with English subtitles
Thomas Sankara rose to power in Burkina Faso in a popularly supported coup in 1983. To symbolize this rebirth, he renamed his country from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, "Land of Upright Men" and launched the most ambitious program for social and economic change ever attempted on the African continent. MORE...
THUNDERBOLT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 110 minutes, Nigeria, 2000
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. MORE...
UDJU AZUL DI YONTA
(The Blue Eyes of Yonta)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 90 minutes, Guinea-Bissau, 1991, in Criolo with English subtitles
Four characters struggle with the disillusionment of the revolutionary generation in post-independence Guinea-Bissau. MORE...
UMGIDI
(SHADOW DANCING)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 74 minutes, South Africa, 2004, In English and Xhosa with English subtitles
Sipho is a former political prisoner on Robben Island who decides to return to his home town to complete the Xhosa initiation ritual he began while in prison. But his younger brother, Vuyo is quite reluctant to have his own ceremony, partly because he is gay and is conflicted about adopting traditional practices. This film explores a family and a country trying to embrace both modernity and tradition. MORE...

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