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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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(The Village Teacher)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
(The Forest)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 83 minutes, South Africa / USA, 2003,  , in English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles
South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV+ people in the world. State of Denial puts a human face on the millions affected by introducing us to six South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. It shows how they must fight not only the disease but the greed of the drug cartels and the incomprehensible inactivity of their own government in order to get treatment. MORE...
(Skirt Power)
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 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...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 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...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming and and 35mm, 90 minutes, 2 titles on 1 DVD, Senegal, 1994, 1999, In Wolof with English subtitles
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For the first time on DVD, these two now classic shorts, Le Franc and La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun) by the iconoclastic Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety were originally intended as a trilogy under the title, Tales of Ordinary People. Mambety's untimely death in 1998 prevented the completion of the third film.
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 56 minutes, Nigeria, 2007
The story of Nigeria's home grown film industry, which is gaining recognition as a cultural and cinematic phenomenon. MORE...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 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...
DVD and DVD + 3-Year Site/Local Streaming, 110 minutes, Nigeria, 2000
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. MORE...

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