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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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LIBERIA: AN UNCIVIL WAR
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 94 minutes, 2000,  
Facilitator Guide Available
A documentary of South Africa's quest for restorative justice following four cases that come before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). MORE...
LUMUMBA: LA MORT DU PROPHETE
(Lumumba: Death of a Prophet)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 69 minutes, France / Germany / Switzerland, 1992, in French with English subtitles
The life and legacy of Patrice Lumumba, one of the legendary figures of modern Africa's struggle for self-determination, is reconstructed and examined through home movies, photographs, old newsreels and interviews with Belgian journalists and Lumumba's own daughter. MORE...
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF TIMBUKTU
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
MAPANTSULA
(Hustler)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 100 minutes, South Africa, 1988, in Afrikaans, English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles
Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, it tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system. MORE...
MONDAY'S GIRLS
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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 and 35mm, 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...
NABANTWA BAM'
(WITH MY CHILDREN)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 41 minutes, South Africa, 2004, In English and Zulu with English subtitles
Two brothers live with their successful and ambitious mother, a market researcher, in a comfortable, middle class Soweto home. Nhlanhla came of age during the very repressive and discriminatory last decade of apartheid. His younger brother Miles, who attended a previously all white high school, is now a promising computer programmer at Microsoft. This fascinating documentary provides a case study of the emergence of social classes - even within the same family. MORE...
PIECES D'IDENTITES
(Pieces of Identity)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 93 minutes, Congo / Belgium, 1998, in French with English subtitles
Facilitator Guide Available
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, 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...

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