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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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Francophone African Films 21 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
LE GRAND BLANC DE LAMBARENE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 93 minutes, Cameroon / France, 1995, in French with English subtitles
A revisionist perspective on Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer rewrites the history of colonialism from the point of view of the colonized. 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...
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF TIMBUKTU
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 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...
PIECES D'IDENTITES
(Pieces of Identity)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal and and 35mm, 93 minutes, Congo / Belgium, 1998, in French with English subtitles
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The fable of an old African king and his wayward daughter is updated to present day Brussels to make provocative points about racism, tradition, class struggle, cultural identity and corruption. MORE...
QUAND LES ETOILES RENCONTRENT LA MER
(When the Stars Meet the Sea)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 85 minutes, Madagascar, 1996, in French and Malagasy with English subtitles
A poetic exploration of traditional and modern concepts of freedom is set in the landscape of Madagascar. MORE...
SANGO MALO
(The Village Teacher)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 94 minutes, Cameroon, 1991, in French with English subtitles
A story about a village teacher who introduces education for local self-development explores the relationships between progressive activists, entrenched social interests, traditional belief system and rural Africans. MORE...
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...
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...
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...
LA VIE EST BELLE
(Life is Rosy)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 85 minutes, Congo / Belgium, 1987, in French with English subtitles
Soukous music legend, Papa Wemba, stars in the rags to riches story of a poor country musician who seeks fame in the vibrant music industry of Kinshasa. MORE...

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