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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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Gender and Women's Studies 23 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
FLAME
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 85 minutes, Zimbabwe, 1996
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The role of women in guerilla struggles and in post-liberation societies is depicted in a story of the women freedom fighters of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle. MORE...
HOT WAX
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 49 minutes, South Africa, 2004, In English with English subtitles
Ivy is a big, bubbly black woman living in the poor township of Alexandra, who managed to surreptitiously run her own beauty salon during the apartheid years. Her loyal and considerably more privileged white clients live in the Johannesburg suburbs. In a personal way, this engaging documentary reveals how much has changed after the end of apartheid - and how much has not. MORE...
KARMEN GEI
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 82 minutes, Senegal, 2001, in French and Wolof with English subtitles
A retelling of the celebrated Carmen myth set in contemporary Senegal to African music and dance. MORE...
MONDAY'S GIRLS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
MORTU NEGA
(Those Whom Death Refused)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 93 minutes, Guinea Bissau, 1988, in Criolo with English subtitles
This fictional account of the closing months of the war against the Portuguese and the consolidation of the independent West African nation of Guinea-Bissau both reflects and critiques the revolutionary process. 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...
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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