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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 21 Titles Page:  1 , 2 , 3
GUIMBA THE TYRANT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 93 minutes, Mali, 1995, in Bambara and Peul with English subtitles
An historical allegory by Cheick Oumar Sissoko tells the tale of a tyrant overthrown. MORE...
LIBERIA: A FRAGILE PEACE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 60 minutes, 2006
A chronicle of the period from the departure of Charles Taylor to the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman head of state, that presents the difficulties of rehabilitating a nation destroyed by war. As one Liberian so eloquently stated in the film, "We have an historic opportunity to re-create our state, and that's not something most people have in their lifetime." MORE...
LIBERIA: AN UNCIVIL WAR
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 102 minutes, Liberia and USA, 2005
This exciting documentary provides an in-depth, case study of one of the bloody civil wars springing up like brush fires across Africa. An intrepid duo of reporters covers the war from either side though neither side can be said to represent anyone but itself. The film indicts the U.S. for its failure to come to the aid of a country to which it helped give birth. 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...
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...
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...
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...
ZAN BOKO
(Homeland)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and Three-Year Site/Local Streaming Renewal, 94 minutes, Burkina Faso, 1988, in Moré with English subtitles
This story of a village family caught up in the transformation of an agrarian, subsistence economy into an industrialized commodity economy explores the impact of the change from an oral tradition to a mass media based society where information is pre-packaged and sold. MORE...

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