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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.

Articles to help you view and teach African cinema written by African filmmakers and scholars are also available.
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FLAME
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 85 minutes, Zimbabwe, 1996
Facilitator Guide Available
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...
FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASK
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 52 minutes, United Kingdom, 1996, in English and French with English subtitles
Dramatization and documentary trace Fanon's intellectual development. Cultural critics position his pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on the colonized and colonizer alike. MORE...
LE GRAND BLANC DE LAMBARENE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 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...
GUIMBA THE TYRANT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
THE HERO
(O HEROI)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 97 Minutes, Angola, 2005, In Portuguese with English subtitles
Winner, best foreign feature, the 2005 Sundance Film Festival
The Hero (O Herói) tells the story of Angola, a nation attempting to reconstruct itself after 40 continual years of anti-colonial and civil warfare, through the story of a veteran who has lost his leg, a prostitute who has lost a child and an orphaned boy. MORE...
HOT WAX
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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 and 35mm, 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...
KEITA: THE HERITAGE OF THE GRIOT
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, Burkina Faso, 1995, in French and Jula with English subtitles
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A young boy and his distant ancestor engage in parallel quests to understand their destinies and to know the meaning of their names. In so doing, Keita makes the case for an "Afrocentric" education, where African tradition, not an imported Western curricula is the necessary starting point for African development. MORE...
THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 52 minutes, Sierre Leone / Spain, 1998, in English and Mende with English subtitles
Images, instrumental music, song, interviews and narrative provide clues in the search for a lost song, its history, and its argument for cultural retention between aspects of African and African-American culture. MORE...
LIBERIA: A FRAGILE PEACE
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...

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