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Faat Kine
In FAAT KINE, Ousmane Sembene, the unquestioned father of African cinema, calls his fellow Africans to a reckoning of the post-independence era at the beginning of a new century. At 77, he sums up 40 years of path-breaking filmmaking with…
Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
Keita creates a unique world where the West Africa of the 13th Century Sundjata Epic and the West Africa of today co-exist and interpenetrate. Director Dani Kouyati's frames his dramatization of the epic within the story of Mabo Keita, contemporary…
3 Short Films by Marlon T. Riggs
A compilation of 3 works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs addressing issues of black gay male identity and confronting HIV/AIDS. Marlon Riggs died with HIV/AIDS in 1994 and was dedicated to confronting the urgency of the AIDS epidemic in African…
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Destiny - Dakan
The first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. While "coming out" may have become primetime fare in the U.S., this film was met with angry protests when it was shot in the director's native Guinea and has generated heated…
Karmen Gei
A retelling of the celebrated "Carmen" myth set in contemporary Senegal to African music and dance. Like every Carmen, Karmen Gei is about the conflict between infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain…
Hustler - Mapantsula
The first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, scored to the urban beat of "Township Jive," MAPANTSULA has been called a South African The Harder They Come. MAPANTSULA tells the story of Panic,…
A Dance for the Heroes - Finzan
A film which raises one of the most important issues of African rural life, the status of women, in a style accessible to every villager. FINZAN tells the story of two women's rebellion. Nanyuma, a young widow defies her brother-in-law,…
Rocking Poponguine - Ca twiste a Poponguine
This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin. These Senegalese teenagers living it up on the beach may also remind less discriminating viewers of Annette…
The Great White of Lambaréné - Le Grand Blanc De Lambaréné
Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. This film begins to rewrite the history of colonialism from the point of view of the…
Life is Rosey - La Vie Est Belle
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. LA VIE EST BELLE takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa,…
Flame
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. FLAME is perhaps the most controversial film ever made in Africa --certainly the only…
Thunderbolt
A story from the burgeoning video industry of Nigeria combines melodrama and issues of ethnicity, gender, culture and identity in post-colonial Africa. THUNDERBOLT will come as a bolt out of the blue to most Americans, even aficionados of African cinema.…
Guimba the Tyrant
Winner of the most prestigious award in African cinema, the Grand Prize at FESPACO '95, Guimba has been acclaimed as one of the most visually ravishing African films ever made. This epic allegory contrasts Africa's tremendous wealth and potential with…
Sabriya
Part of the Series: Africa Dreaming
This film explores the impact of the modern world on the traditional male society of the Maghreb. It is a film about men who prefer to live life as an abstract game and the free-spirited woman who changes everything. Said…
Everyone's Child
A feature film examining the plight of Africa's 10,000,000 children orphaned by AIDS. EVERYONE'S CHILD is an eloquent call for action on behalf of Africa's millions of parentless children. Through the tragic story of one Zimbabwean family devastated by AIDS,…
Dribbling Fate - Fintar O Destino
A feature film about soccer dreams weighs the pros and cons of pursuing ambitions abroad or acceptance of life on the isolated islands of Cape Verde. This is the Library of African Cinema's first sports film - but a sports…
Let there Be Peace - Daresalam
The first African feature film to focus on the civil wars convulsing the continent from Sierra Leone to Somalia. It provides compelling insights into how ordinary people around the world get swept up in extraordinary events. Its timeless story of…
Sophia's Homecoming
Part of the Series: Africa Dreaming
This film reminds us that the devastating personal effects of the massive social dislocations caused by apartheid can never be erased. Sophia, like so many other women, becomes a self-reliant provider for her family, working as a domestic for a…
Mortu Nega (Those Whom Death Refused)
A 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 reflecting and critiquing the revolutionary process. Mortu Nega, as its title implies, is a unique…
The Gaze of the Stars
Part of the Series: Africa Dreaming
At the center of this story is a woman felt only by her absence - in other words, a dream of a woman, perhaps symbolic of the lost dream for a post-independence Mozambique. Salomao owns a bar in Maputo, still…