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100 DAYS

Director:
Nick Hughes, dir.
From:Rwanda/U.K
Year: 2001 African Film Minutes:96
Language: English
Genre: short drama

This film premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival and continued its career by screening at more than 40 international film festivals.

Set in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Rwanda countryside, this fist ever fiction film made about the Rwanda civil war tells a powerful story of genocide and human survival with compassion and integrity. The film centers on a pair of young lovers; Bapiste is more than ready to have sex with his girlfriend Josette, but she refuses, arguing that when they are married they can have all the sex they would like. Meanwhile, powerful Hutu leaders have had enough of Tutsi rebels and call on all Hutus to kill their Tutsi neighbors. As chaos breaks out, the Tutsis flee and the lovers are separated. Josesette and her family find solace in a Catholic church run by a Hutu priest. The Catholic Church, the state, and the French army look the other way as bloodshed ensues. When the Belgian army sent in to protect the church is called away on an emergency, the Hutus attack and massacre hundreds of women and children. Josette is saved by the priest who obliges her to become his concubine and repeatedly rapes her. She miraculously survives, but she is only a husk of the woman that she was. As the Tutsis regroup, they exact terrible revenge. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

“It’s the images in “100 Days” that graze the soul… There’s nothing anonymous about this nightmare” ~ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

“Docudrama filmmaking at its finest” ~ Dennis Harvey, Variety

100 Days succeeds as drama, and succeeds in telling the truth” ~ Mark Doyle, BBC


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Aces - directed by Ntandazo Gcingca
Director: Ntandazo "Didi" Gcingca
From: South Africa
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 17
Language: English
Genre: short drama

Aces is the story of a young man who fights against the battering of his mother by his drunken father. The situation escalates until Ace desperately stabs his father to death, and is sent to jail for a period of 15 years. Nine years later he is out on parole. He kills again within a day's time of his release.
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Almodou - directed by Amadou
Director: Amadou Thior
From: Senegal
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 85
Language: Wolof/French
Genre: Comedy

Sometimes distasteful practices are most effectively criticized with a good sense of humor. Meet Modou, a young, courageous and determined talibé - a pupil in a Koranic school - who manages to escape from his corrupt and abusive teacher to find a better life in contemporary Dakar, Senegal.

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Amilcar Cabral

Director: Ramos Lisboa
From: Cape Verde/Portugal
Year:2001 Minutes: 52
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles
Genre: Historical Documentary


Amilcar Cabral was the leader of the Liberation Movement of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC). He was born in Guinea in 1924 and assassinated in Conakry in 1973. Regarded as a true icon of African history, this documentary provides considerable background to this revolutionary giant and reveals Cabral in several dimensions: as a man, a father, politician, humanist and poet.

The documentary is skillfully produced and uses a wealth of rare archive footage, balanced inclusion of varied testimonies of important African personalities and the credible recreation of notable episodes of Cabral's life.


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Arugba


Director: Tunde Kelani
From: Nigeria
Year: 2008African Film Minutes: 97
Language:Yoruba with English subtitles
Genre: Fiction film

In “Arugba,” the latest film from leading Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani, the king of a small town in south-western Nigeria makes much publicized statements against corruption while instituting economic reforms and embracing foreign investors. But the reforms don’t appear to be trickling down to the people and the king trusts no one and has a weakness for women, which compromises his leadership. Meanwhile, preparations are being made for a traditional ritual in which a young virgin – the arugba – carries a sacrificial calabash. With superb performances from Awoyemi and some of Nigeria’s leading actors, “Arugba” is a beautifully executed film which functions as an allegory for contemporary Nigeria. Set against the backdrop of a corrupt society seeking cleansing, rebirth and nationhood, with all its attendant intrigues, the film intimately presents a world in which modernity and tradition exist alongside each other but seldom in equilibrium.

 

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The Big Banana

Director: Franck Bieleu
From: Cameroon
Year: 2011African Film Minutes: 85
Language:French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary

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The Big Banana exposes multinational corporations culpability in the land grab of Africa, which makes us reconsider where we get our fruit from. Banned in Cameroon, The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact of corporato-cracy government on the people while reaping super profits for corporations. The side effects of plantation corporations on the people of Africa - and everywhere else in the world - are abject poverty and environmental degradation from chemical fumigation.

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BEZNESS - directed by Nouri Bouzid
Director: Nouri Bouzid
From: Tunisia
Year: 1992 African Film Minutes: 100
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

"Bezness" takes place in one of Tunisia's beautiful coastline tourist cities. it tells the contemporary story of a young man trapped between Arab tradition and prostitution. Through this young man who dreams of escape, the Director, Nouri Bouzid, criticizes both the restrictions associated with what he calls "the hypocrisy of Islam" and the European ruling on Arab society.
Official selection, Cannes 1992
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Borders
Director: Mostefa Djadjam
From: France/Algeria
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 102
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Six men and a woman set out on the hazardous journey from Senegal to Morocco in a bid to slip illegally into Europe to escape from the poverty and internecine warfare of Africa. All are lured by the promise of a better life, but the challenges are numerous. Passing through the hands of various smugglers, they cross the desert of Mauritania and Algeria, first in a pick up, then in the back of refrigerated fish trucks, and are finally dumped and forced to walk to the Moroccan border. Though each is lured by a different reason, they unite to overcome obstacles and finally reach the coast of Morocco, where they stand looking at Spain across the narrow Straits of Gibraltar. On reaching Tangiers, the invisible travelers go their separate ways and prepare to attempt the fateful crossing to Spain.

Mostefa Djadjam's beautiful debut feature confronts the global controversy of refugees while examining the complexities of human nature. Djadjam, originally trained as an actor, gives a restrained, compassionate account of what is at stake for illegal immigrants, fashioning a stunning film for its subtleties about identity. He presents consistent moral questions, demanding judgment on the decisions and actions of his characters when even the most sympathetic become ruthless and callous in their quest for a better life. The trip in Borders is not easy for either the travelers or the viewer who must watch these sad all–too human beings endure physical and psychological hardships before attaining “freedom.” Not all the travelers succeed. Some find love – some manage to laugh. The viewer, meanwhile, gains a new understanding of the problems which confront Africa-and more importantly, Africans-today.

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Cape Verde, My Love


Director:Ana Lucia Ramos Lisboa
From: Cape Verde
Year: 2007 African Film Minutes: 77
Language: Creole with English subtitles
Genre: Drama


Praïa, Cape verde. Laura, Flavia and Bela are childhood friends. Each leads her own life and they sometimes meet to dance, dine and have fun. But one day the calm rivers of their lives break their banks and become wild torrents: Ricardo, Flavia's husband, rapes his pupil Indira, Laura's 13-year old eldest daughter. A film that takes a critical look at the lives of women in Cape Verde.
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The Cathedral

Director: Harrikrisna Anenden
From: Mauritius
Year: 2006 African Film Minutes: 78
Language: Creole with English subtitles
Genre: drama/comedy

The Cathedral is a lyrical narration set in the beautiful and unusual setting of Port-Louis, capital of Mauritius. Lina, a young woman in search of her identity interacts daily with friends and family in a carefree happy manner that will be challenged when one day her dancing catches the eye of a photographer...


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How to Conquer America in One Night

Director: Khady Sylla
From: Senegal/France
Year: 1999African Film Minutes: 52
Language: Wolof with English subtitles
Genre: Docu-Drama

Public vans provide the traditional and sole means of city transportation in Dakar, Senegal. In a frenzy of activity, from the outskirts to downtown, people from all walks of life as well as fruits, vegetables, chickens, etc. are transported daily in these public vans. Colobane Express opens a window on a slice of life in the busy urban metropolis where drivers and their trainees are always on the go, managing relationships, incidents and conflicts, dealing with the competition and providing an invaluable service to demanding yet loving customers.

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Le Damier, Papa National Oyé! - The Draughtsmen Clash
Director: Bakupa Kanyinda Balufu
From: Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) & Gabon
Year: 1996 - Minutes: 40
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Genre: comedy

A wicked political satire about African dictators, this film tells the story of the president of a fictitious African nation who spends a sleepless night playing checkers with a pot-smoking vagabond who is claimed to be the "all-around champion". However the rules of the game entail opponents howling vulgar and foul obscenities at one another. The Champion proceeds to insult, and trounce the President. His reward - and fate - are not exactly unexpected in this hilarious send-up of living under tyranny.

FESPACO 1997, Competition. Winner Best Short.
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Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire) & Gabon
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THE DESERT ARK - directed by Mohamed Chouikh
Director: Mohamed Chouikh
From: Algeria
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 90
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Epic Drama

Romeo and Juliet in the Algerian desert. Amin and Myriam are secretly in love. Their families are rivals and when their relationship is discovered, conflict is inevitable. In the quiet atmosphere of the palm groves, the two communities have long nurtured the seeds of discord and hatred. The persecution is the first signal of inevitable evil. From inside the cave where they have taken refuge, the two young people hear the cries of a senseless murderous raid. A universal metaphor to denounce the horror of all extremist violence, The Desert Ark is a splendid and terrifying metaphor for a burning contemporary reality.

Best Image, FESPACO 1999

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Part of 2 DVD set Great African Films Vol 3 with Daratt (Dry Season)


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Dry Season / Daratt


Director:
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
From: France / Chad
Year: 2006- Minutes: 95
Language: French & Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

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Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father... Atim leaves his village for N’djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery... With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of lookin for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker… Intrigued by Atim's attitude toward him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread... Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognise in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son. One day, he suggests adoption...

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Fallen Angels Paradise - directed by Ossama Fawzi
Director: Ossama Fawzi
From: Egypt
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 80
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: dramatic comedy

A homeless man dies of an overdose in a popular Cairo neighborhood. He was once an ideal husband and represented security for his family. Then one day, everything changed. Upon his death his friends from the underworld drag the corpse around for a whole night of madness, drinking and hallucinating situations. A game with death where the dead man becomes more alive than the living and fallen angels live according to their own rules, laws and desires in the chaos of the Egyptian capital. The film is based on a famous short story written by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado.

Best Director and Best Actor, festival of Egyptian Cinema 2000
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Faraw!  Mother of the Dunes -
Director: Abbdoulaye Ascofaré
From: Mali
Year: 1997 - Minutes: 90
Language: Songhoï with English subtitles
Genre: drama

Zamiatou is the mother of two quarrelsome boys and a depressed teenage girl. She is also the wife of a man arrested for political reasons who returns from prison mentally and physically destroyed. She struggles hard to survive in a poor and desolate area. She is ready to face anything to keep the family alive except prostituting her beautiful daughter. Her determination will take her far from her family…

Best Actress, FESPACO 1997
International Critics Week, 1997 Cannes Film Festival

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Mali
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How to Conquer America in One Night

Director: Licinio Azevedo
From: Mozambique
Year: 2005African Film Minutes: 58
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy


In the suburb of an African city, 12 years-old Paito sells fritters outside his house. One day, a band of young robbers takes his money. He decides he’s not going to go home until he recovers what he lost. With this in mind, he heads out for the big city on the same train as the thieves. Looking for work, he begins to live in a market square that at night becomes a dormitory for homeless vendors. There he meets Xano, a boy his age, whose insolent behavior and fearlessness attract him. Unlike Paito, Xano despises work and he steals. Despite this, they become friends. Together, they reinvent the world.

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Haramuya -
Director: Drissa Toure
From: Burkina Faso and France
Year: 1995 - Minutes: 87
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: comedy

Ouagadougou, its buildings and shantytowns... Wealth in a modern town and poverty in the suburbs. Through Fousseini -- a Muslim firmly attached to his faith and traditions - and his family HARAMUYA draws a picture of Ouagadougou in the traps of modernism and traditionalism. Fousseini tries to take care of his family according to the old precepts and the code of honor inherited from his ancestors. One of his sons is a cinema projectionist and supports all the family against the will of his wife. The other son idles around all day long in Ouagadougou, looking for a girlfriend.

FESPACO 1995, official selection Cannes 1995 "Un Certain Regard"

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Homecoming
Director: Norman Maake
From: South Africa
Year: 2005African Film Minutes: 90
Language: English
Genre: Fiction


Charlie, Thabo and Peter, three "MK" veterans from the armed branch of the African National Congress, return to post-apartheid South Africa in 1996 after years of exile. It will not be easy for them to find their place in society again. Charlie dreams of opening a club, Thabo has to patch up his relationship with his wife and son and Peter continues to work in the Party and investigate the traitors of the ANC. Continuously hampered as he delves into the Government's files, his ensuing investigations provide shocking revelations of the identities of the traitors. Pared down from a successful mini series for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Homecoming draws its plot from the real life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker and writer, Zola Maseko, a former "MK" soldier of the ANC. Morman Maake (26) is perhaps the most promising young director from South Africa. He studied at ADFA, a dynamic young film- and drama school in Johannesburg. He has several films to his name, amongst which Sweet Home (1999), Soldiers of Rock (2003), and Homecoming (2005).

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JewsOfEgypt

JEWS OF EGYPT

A documentary that captures fragments of the lives of the Egyptian Jewish community in the first half of the twentieth century until their second grand exodus after the tripartite attack of 1956.
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Director: Amir Ramses
From: Egypt
Year: 2013- Minutes: 96 mins
Language : Arabic/French with English Sub.
Genre: Documentary
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Road to Accra

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Kukurantumi:
The Road to Accra

Director: King Ampaw
From: Ghana
Year: 1983 Minutes: 95
Country: Ghana
Language: English
Main Cast: George Wilson

In a routine melodrama that contrasts the hectic life in Accra, the capital of Ghana, with the relative peace of Kukurantumi, a rural town, a truck driver makes runs between the two locations with few problems until he is forced to replace his truck. In order to raise the money to get a new vehicle, he sells some stolen watches and promises his daughter in marriage to a rich merchant. Rebelling against this fate, the daughter runs off to Accra with her boyfriend -- but then nothing turns out quite like she had planned, and the rich merchant looks better with each passing day.
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Sotigui

No Time to Die

Director: King Ampaw
From:Ghana/West Germany
Year:2006 Minutes: 95
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Official selection, African Diaspora Film Festival 2007



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Death and funeral traditions play a significant role in African culture. No Time to Die is director King Ampaw’s contribution to passing the tradition onto the next generation.

A hearse driver meets and falls in love with a young, beautiful dancer who is planning an elaborate homegoing celebration for her mother. This love and comedy feature length film follows David as he does everything to win her affection.

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Sotigui

Nothing But the Truth

 

Director: John Kani
From: South Africa
Year:2008 Minutes:78
Language: English
Genre: Drama


Nothing But the Truth
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Nothing But The Truth is a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between those blacks who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid and those who returned victoriously after living in exile. In New Brighton, South Africa, 63-year-old librarian Sipho Makhaya prepares for the return of the ashes of his brother Themba, recently deceased while in exile in London after gaining a reputation as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement. Internationally recognized, multiple award-winning actor John Kani is the lead actor in this film version of the internationally acclaimed award-winning play Nothing But The Truth which he also authored.

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The Other World (L'Autre Monde) - by Merzak Allouache
Director: Merzak Allouache
From: France/Algeria
Year: 2001 African Film Minutes: 90
Language: Arabic and French with English subtitles
Genre: Romantic Drama
Yasmine and Rachid, two young Parisians children of Algerian immigrants, are in love and live a quiet life in France. One day, Rachid disappears and Yasmine learns that he is in Algeria. She decides to follow him, in that country that she does not know, that is filled with violence. As she travels looking for Rachid, she falls deeper into the horror of a country where nothing seems normal, another world, where death is ever present. She learns that Rachid was in a military convoy that was attacked by terrorists. Only two soldiers in the convoy survived. She can't believe Rachid is not one of them...

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The Pirogue


Director:
Moussa Toure
From: Senegal / France / Germany
Year: 2012- Minutes: 87mins
Language : French and Wolof with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama


In Moussa Toure’s powerful new epic fiction film, a group of 30 men sail to Europe in a pirogue, facing the sea - and the possibility of never reaching their destination - in exchange for the myth of a better life in Europe.

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Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2012.

 


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Rotating Square - directed by Ahmed Hassouna
Director: Ahmed Hassouna
From: Egypt
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 14
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: surrealist comedy

Sami and his wife Sarah are packing to move to the USA where they intend to open a restaurant. Rania, Sarah's sister, goes to their house to take them to the airport, but some unexpected and unforeseeable events take place in the apartment: games of seduction, murder and dead bodies to be disposed of. A surrealist comedy by Ahmed Hassouna who belongs to a new group of young promising Egyptian filmmakers.

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Seasons of a Life


Director:
C. Shemu Joyah
From: Malawi
Year: 2008- Minutes:102mins
Language : English
Genre: Drama


A housemaid, who is sexually abused by her boss and made pregnant, is forced to give up her son in order to go on with her education. Six years later she comes back to claim her son. From Malawi comes this moving story about sexual abuse, women rights and the legal justice system in Malawi.

This film tackles universal themes in an African setting giving an understanding of some of the modernization and democratization processes in Africa.

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Sheherazade, Tell Me a Story

New 2-disc DVD set that helps put Egypt’s revolution in context.

Director: Yousry Nasrallah
From: Egypt
Year: 2009- Minutes:135
Language :Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: fiction
Original title : Ehky Ya Schahrazad



New 2-disc DVD set that helps put Egypt’s revolution in context features two films by prominent Egyptian filmmakers, Yousry Nasrallah and Oussama Fawzi.

The explosive Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story is a film about the socio-political situation in Egypt where a journalist bravely records the stories of ordinary women who spin tales of their lives.

The provocative Fallen Angels Paradise is a comedy-drama about social class clashes that was a premonition of the events of Tahari Square and the departure of President Mubarak.

Also features the short film Rotating Square about seduction, ambition and deception.


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Sia, the Myth of the Python
Director: Dani Kouyate
From: Burkina Faso/France
Year: 2001 African Film Minutes: 96
Language: Bambara with English subtitles
Genre: Epic Drama

Kombi is a poverty-stricken city dominated by a tyrant king. In order to bring back prosperity, the king is advised by his priests to make the traditional human sacrifice of a young virgin to a mystical snake god. Sia, the most beautiful young woman of the village, has been designated. Lieutenant Mamadi, her fiancé, rebels against the decision to perform this ritual and the village becomes divided. Struggles and revelations follow as the characters confront issues of honour, corruption and power.

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The Silent Monologue

Silent Monologue

Director: Khady Sylla and Charlie Van Damme
From: Senegal / Belgium
Year: 2008- Minutes: 48mins
Language : French and Wolof with English subtitles
Genre: Docu-drama




In a voice-over, we hear the thoughts of Amy, a girl from a rural area of Senegal who works as a domestic for a well-to-do family in Dakar. She complains about her employer, who continuously criticizes her and gets on her case, and she talks about her dream of one day opening her own eatery. Meanwhile, we see her sweep the pavement, prepare the food and clean the house. The contrast with her vast and barren native region is enormous. In Dakar, some 150,000 young women work as housekeepers for families whose daughters can go to school. "Why does the emancipation of some result in the servitude of others?" Amy wonders. The filmmakers interview other young maids who dream of going to school, and they film a woman who shouts her furious lyrics straight into the camera in rapper-like fashion: "I keep your houses squeaky clean, but you all think I'm dirty!" In a dramatized scene in a slum, the women demonstrate how they'd like to deal with a woman who doesn't pay her housekeeper enough. In response to the situation, the filmmakers make an appeal to change the rules of the world economy.

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Sotigui Kouyate:
A Modern Griot

Director:Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
From:Chad/Burkina Faso
Year:1998African Film Minutes:58
Language:French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary



Through testimonies by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carriere, Jean-Pierre Guigane, and Sotigui Kouyate himself, Sotigui Kouyate: a Modern Griot dresses the portrait of one of Africa’s greatest actor now based in Paris. From Africa to Europe, the film unveils the multiple facets of Sotigui Kouyate, actor, musician and modern griot.


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Stambali
Director: Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba
From: Tunisia
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 52
Language: Arabic/French with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

Stambali is an annual tribute that the disciples of Sidi Saad pay to their master during an initiatory journey and rite of purification that lasts three days. This Tunisian religious ritual, brought into the country by sub-Saharan Africans, is a healing ceremony led by musicians who are also healers as they enter into a trance to the mesmerizing rhythm of the "gombri" and "chkachek," and incarnate a deity that takes possession of their body. In Stambali, the camera follows the rhythm of the possessions and dances of the healing ceremony as it develops into an individual and collective hypnosis and takes the audience into the trance of the eroticism that is released by this physical and spiritual representation.

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Tasuma, The Fighter
Director: Daniel Kollo Sanou
From: Burkina Faso
Year: 2003 African Film Minutes: 90
Language: French and Djula with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy

A comedy set in contemporary Burkina Faso, Tasuma tells the story of a World War II veteran who has been trying for more than 50 years to obtain his well-deserved military pension. Convinced that he will be paid shortly, Sogo buys a mill on credit for the village. But the money does not arrive. When Sogo is put in prison because he cannot reimburse his loan, the women of the village rally to set him free.

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Thomas Sankara -
Director: Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda
From: Democratic Republic of Congo
Year: 1991 - Minutes: 26
Language: French w/ English subtitles
Genre: documentary


Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. In the former Upper Volta known today as Burkina Faso, a group of men decided to launch a revolution that would enable the country "to accept the responsibility of its reality and its destiny with human dignity". Thomas Sankara belongs to the group of African leaders who wanted to give the continent in general and their countries in particular a new socio-political dimension.


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Un Ancommon Woman

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AN UNCOMMON WOMAN
Une Femme Pas Comme les Autres

Burkina Faso, 2009, 101 minutes, comedy, French with English subtitles, Dao Abdoulaye, dir.

Official selection, African Diaspora International Film Festival 2010

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Mina is tired of her husband's infidelity and decides to take a drastic decision: She takes a second husband. Based on his conversations with women involved in polygamist relationships, he illustrates - to very funny effects - the daily life of two persons - in this case two men - who share a spouse. On a comedic tone, Abdoulaye Dao tells us a story of jealousy, infidelity, romance and revenge. An Uncommon Woman-Une Femme Pas Comme Les Autres- was a success in its native Burkina Faso and is cast with some the best actors of Burkinabe cinema.


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