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FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, AND HIS WORK

FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, AND HIS WORK

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FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, AND HIS WORK

DIRECTED BY CHEIKH DJEMAI 
MARTINIQUE/FRANCE/ALGERIA/TUNISIA / 2001 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 52 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who had become a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of black consciousness known as negritude. His 1952 book, ''Black Skin, White Masks,'' offers a penetrating analysis of racism and of the ways in which it is internalized by its victims. While secretly aiding the rebels of the Algerian anti-colonial war as a doctor in Algeria, Fanon cared for victims and perpetrators alike, producing case notes that shed invaluable light on the psychic traumas of colonial war. Expelled from Algeria in 1956, Fanon moved to Tunis where wrote for El Moudjahid, the rebel newspaper, founded Africa's first psychiatric clinic, and wrote several influential books on decolonization. Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work traces the short and intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Cheikh Djemai
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
  • In 2-disc DVD African Leaders with Amilcar Cabral
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GLORIOUS EXIT

GLORIOUS EXIT

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GLORIOUS EXIT 

Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Nigerian actor living in Los Angeles, is summoned to Nigeria to bury his father. Nigerian tradition mandates the eldest child to take charge of a father’s burial. Although he accepts the responsibility, he struggles with why he feels morally responsible toward Nigerian tradition and a family whom he hardly knows. Jarreth starts a journey of self-discovery.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Kevin Merz
Starring: Jarreth J. Merz
From:Nigeria/Switzerland

Year:2008 Minutes: 75

Language: English and German with English subtitles

 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE
GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE
GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE
GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE
GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE
GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE

GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO) + CANDOMBE

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GOODBYE MOMO (A DIOS MOMO)

DIRECTED BY LEONARDO RICAGNI 
URUGUAY / 2005 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 100 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Obdulio is an 11-year-old Afro-Uruguayan boy who lives with his grandmother and sells newspapers for a living while he cannot read or write. Obdulio is not interested in going to school until he finds out that the night watchman of the newspaper's office is a charismatic magical "Maestro" who not only introduces him to the world of literacy but also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the "Murgas" (Carnival Pierrots) during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Uruguayan carnival.

With a poetic nod to Fellini, Leonardo Ricagni uses the carnival atmosphere to transport the viewer to a magical place where realism and surrealism live side by side in Uruguay—and what a wonderful place to be. With sweeping directorial vision and gorgeously shot with rich, vibrant colors, A DIOS MOMO achieves a rich visual and spiritual sensibility unparalleled today. – Shaz Bennett AFI Fest 2005

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Nick Hughes
Starring: Jorge Esmoris
Starring: Mathias Acuna
Starring: Washington Luna
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
  • DVD bonus film: Candombe

BONUS 

CANDOMBE

DIRECTED BY RAFAEL DEUGENIO 
URUGUAY / 1993 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 16 MIN  
SYNOPSIS

More than two hundred years ago, there was an influx into Uruguay of slaves from Africa whom, after being freed, continued to make up the poorest and most marginalized strata in society. Fernado Nunez, a black man, a musician, and a maker of drums, sees himself as the heir to "Candombe", an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers. The official history and culture of Uruguay, on the other hand, which has never acknowledged this contribution to the degree which it deserves, continues to marginalize expressions of black culture. Fernando Nunez and his friends from the Barrio Sur back street quarter of Montevideo have decided to fight to keep these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Rafael Deugenio
 

GENRES

  • Docu-drama
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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 1

GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 1

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS:  VOLUME 1 : Haramuya & Faraw! Mother of the Dunes - Two films are included in the package, making for an entertaining and edifying double feature experience: Drissa Toure’s Haramuya (1995) is a dramatic comedy about several generations of a traditional Muslim family scraping up against various temptations (crime, movies, drugs, music) of modernity in the city of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and Abbdoulaye Ascofare’s Faraw: Mother of the Dunes (1997), from Mali is about a mother of three who struggles to support her family while saving her daughter from becoming the concubine-maid of a French colonialist. 

FARAW! MOTHER OF THE DUNES

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… Detail by detail, this finely lensed first feature salutes the triumph of human ingenuity over terrible odds.


| Mali|1997| 90min | drama in Songhai with English subtitles | Abbdoulaye Ascofare, Dir. |
Best Actress, FESPACO 1997. Cannes 1997 Official Selection, International Critics Week.

“One of the strongest portraits of female determination to come out of Africa in recent years.” ~ VARIETY



HARAMUYA

Ouagadougou, its buildings and shantytowns... Wealth in a modern town and poverty in the suburbs. Through Fousseini — a Muslim firmly attached to his faith, traditions and family, Haramuya draws a picture of Ouagadougou trapped between 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.

| Burkina Faso/France |1995 | 87min |comedy in French with English subtitles |Drissa Toure, Dir. |
Official selection, Cannes 1995 “Un Certain Regard.”

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2

GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 2

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS, VOLUME 2: Tasuma / Sia, the Dream of the Python -
The second installment in this series of award-winning films from Africa includes Kollo Sanou's Tasuma, the Fighter (2003, 90 minutes, French and Jula with English subtitles), a look at the impact of French colonialism on Africa; Former Senegalese tirailleurs, Burkinabe soldier Sogo Sanou waits patiently for his pension, which he plans to use to build a grain mill for the women of his village; Inspired by the seventh-century myth of the Wagadu people of Western Africa is Dani Kouyate's Sia, the Dream of the Python (2001, 96 minutes, Bambara with English subtitles): To bring back prosperity to his village, a King decides to make a human sacrifice to the mystical snake god; Sia, the most beautiful woman in the village, is chosen for the ritual, but she runs away in revolt. - 186 minutes.

 

TASUMA, THE FIGHTER

Sogo Sanou, a.k.a. Tasuma, is a former French soldier, a part of the African troops better known as “tiralleurs senegalais” who fought in the French wars in Europe and its colonial territories. He was a soldier in the wars of Indochina and Algeria. Although an honored veteran, Tasuma spends decades painfully waiting for his small pension, an amount that in his native Burkina Faso represents a fortune, even though it will equal only a small fraction of the amount paid to his French counterparts.

In a scene that takes us back to another African classic, The Money Order by Ousmane Sembene, Tasuma impulsively buys a treadmill for the women in his village with the money represented by his future pension payment, although he doesn’t know exactly when it will come through.

The money does not arrive, and our hero is in trouble and out of patience. With his old rifle he walks into the pension plan administrator’s office and demands his money. He ends up in jail, and it is up to the women from the village to come down to the city to free Tasuma. Tasuma the Fighter, is a portrait of a bureaucratic adventure that, even 60 years after World War II and 44 years after the independence movement in Africa, is not yet resolved.

As Kollo Daniel Sanou, the director of Tasuma, points out: “The story of Tasuma is also the narration of a historic mismatch, that of the particular status of those former combatants of the African troupes in the French Army.”

|Burkina Faso|2003| 90min | comedy in French/Moore with English subtitles | Daniel Kollo Sanou, Dir. |
Winner Bronze Yennenga Stallion, FESPACO 2005

"Tasuma camouflages its razor-sharp indignation with warmth and disarming grace" ~ VILLAGE VOICE

"Director and writer Kollo Daniel Sanou is in a becalmed, idyllic state of mind, as he leans back and lets this mildly satiric parable unfold." ~ THE NEW YORK TIMES


SIA: THE DREAM OF THE PYTHON

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 honor, corruption and power.

| Burkina Faso/France |2001 | 96min |Epic Drama in Bambara with English subtitles |Dani Kouyaté, Dir. |
Winner “Special Prize of the Jury” FESPACO 2001 - Official Selection Cannes 2001.


“A delightful, pointed fable of religious and political extremism that's extra-relevant at present” ~ Dennis Harvey - VARIETY

 

"Delivers a powerful commentary on how governments lie, no matter who runs them" NEW YORK POST

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3

GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 3

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS, VOLUME 3: Daratt (Dry Season) & The Desert Ark - The third installment in this series of award-winning films from Africa includes Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Dry Season (2006, 95 minutes, French and Arabic with English subtitles), a subtle and often surprising film from Chad about the relationship between a young man and his father’s killer set at the end of the country’s civil war when the government has granted amnesty to war criminals - and Mohamed Chouikh's The Desert Ark (1997, 90 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles), Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love, their forbidden relationship pitting family against family - 185 minutes.

DARATT (DRY SEASON)

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 looking 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.

| Chad | 2006 | 95min | drama in French and Arabic with English subtitles | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Dir. |

Winner "Special Jury Prize" Venice Film Festival 2006
Winner Bronze Yennenga Stallion, FESPACO 2007

“Haroun is an uncommonly precise filmmaker who guides Daratt to an unusually satisfying ending.” - TIME OUT NEW YORK


THE DESERT ARK

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. 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 visualization of contemporary reality..

| Algeria | 1997 | 90min |Epic Drama in Arabic with English subtitles | Mohamed Chouikh, Dir. |
Winner “Best Cinematography" Special Jury Prize FESPACO 1999.

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4
GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4
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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4

GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4

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GREAT AFRICAN FILMS: VOLUME 4 The fourth installment in this series of award-winning films from Africa includes Moussa Toure's impressive "The Pirogue" and Khady Sylla's incisive docs "Colobane Express" and "The Silent Monologue."

 

THE PIROGUE / LA 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 epic fiction film, a group of 30 men and a woman 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.

"Senegal, a West African nation on the Atlantic Ocean, was home to Africa's greatest movie-maker, Ousmane Sembene. Today, Moussa Toure follows in the master's footsteps with this drama of 30 men (and one woman, a stowaway) who set out on an illegal 7-day voyage to Spain - making the perilous trip in a pirogue - a boat resembling a vastly oversized dinghy. While sharing a common desire to build a better future, these men hail from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The story grows from a finely delineated mosaic of personalities - reactions to the journey's mounting danger - that span the emotional panoply of human experience. Toure's compelling tale says as much about the universal nature of courage and perfidy as it does about the economic realities faced by so many of the world's people. THE PIROGUE was featured in Cannes 2012, in the Un Certain Regard section." ~ Film Forum.

* Festival international du Film de Cannes, Un Certain Regard, 2012
* Tanit d'or award, Carthage Film Festival, 2012
* Award for best direction, people's choice award, Angouleme, 2012
* Prix Lumieres award for best French-language film, Locarno International Film Festival

WATCH THE PIROGUE ON VOD HERE

COLOBANE EXPRESS

Director: Khady Sylla
From: Senegal/France
Year: 1999
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.

THE SILENT MONOLOGUE / LE MONOLOGUE DE LA MUETTE
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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GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD

GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD

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GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD 

DIRECTED BY DARLENE JOHNSON 
AUSTRALIA / 2003 / ENGLISH / 56 MIN
SYNOPSIS

Legendary Aboriginal actor and Australian icon David Gulpilil's life has been one of dueling lifestyles, with his jet-setting movie star life on a completely different plane from his life as an Aboriginal village elder, and director Darlene Johnson manages to capture intimate details from both lifestyles in her 2003 biographical documentary Gulpilil: One Red Blood. At the age of 17, Gulpilil made history as the first Aboriginal actor to appear on film -- in Nicolas Roeg's 1971 Walkabout -- which, in turn, led to an historic acting career that culminated in his receiving numerous awards and an Order of Australia medal. All the while, Gulpilil remained true to his culture by accepting his tribal responsibilities, which include living in a primitive house and procuring his household's daily food and water. As Johnson films a number of very candid encounters with the actor in both settings -- David lives in a tent shed and is quite open about the lack of facilities in his abode and the exploitation he’s experienced during his career -- she documents the class differences that still exist between the indigenous population of Australia versus the relatively new white population.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Darlene Johnson
Starring: David Gulpilil
Starring: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Phillip Noyce
 

GENRES

    • Documentary
    • DVD also includes feature film The Tracker

 

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GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES (GURUMBÉ. CANCIONES DE TU MEMORIA NEGRA)

GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES (GURUMBÉ. CANCIONES DE TU MEMORIA NEGRA)

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GURUMBÉ: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES

DIRECTED BY M. ÁNGEL ROSALE
SPAIN, MEXICO, PORTUGAL, AND SENEGAL / 2016 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUTITLES / 72 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture.
Yet, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to this art form.

Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be sold as slaves, forming a population which, over time, managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories, their story is finally told.

"There are a number of musical performances in Gurumbe, but the tone of the film is surprisingly measured, authoritative, and at times something close to academic. As a result, it is highly credible and convincing." - j.b. spins
Read Full Review HERE

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: M. Ángel Rosales
 

GENRES

  • Documentary 
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HARAMUYA

HARAMUYA

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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.

35mm rental: $250
video sale: $90
DVD sale: $295
DVD entitled GREAT AFRICAN FILMS - VOL 1 - also includes feature film Faraw! Mother of the Dunes

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HOGTOWN

HOGTOWN

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HOGTOWN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL NEARING
U.S.A. / 2015 / ENGLISH / 95 MIN

SYNOPSIS

HOGTOWN is set in 1919 Chicago against the backdrop of the race riots of that year. The story follows an investigation into the disappearance of a millionaire theatre owner during a snowstorm. HOGTOWN is a murder mystery that celebrates the most American of American cities while exploring the intimate lives of many of its people. This period piece is much more a period-less piece, shot in black and white in the often undisguised contemporary city. The film involves a multi-racial, ensemble cast of more than 70 characters, a full symphony orchestra score, and evolves directly from the ensemble process of the making our previous feature, Chicago Heights (now The Last Soul on a Summer Night).

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Daniel Nearing
Starring: Herman Wilkins
Starring: Márcio Garcia
Starring: Sean Walton
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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HOMECOMING

HOMECOMING

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HOMECOMING 

DIRECTED BY NORMAN MAAKE 
SOUTH AFRICA / 2005 / ENGLISH / 90 MIN

SYNOPSIS

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).

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Norman Maake
Starring: Mark Cabus
Starring: Margot Jones
Starring: Mike Montgomery
 

GENRES

  • Fiction 
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HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA IN ONE NIGHT

HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA IN ONE NIGHT

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HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA IN ONE NIGHT 

DIRECTED BY DANY LAFERRIERE  
CANADA AND HAITI / 2004 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITILES / 96 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Newly arrived in Montréal, and determined to conquer North America by charming blond-haired women, Gégé, a Haitian in his thirties, lands up at Fanfan's - his nostalgic uncle who has given up poetry for a good old taxicab and dreams of returning to his homeland. Over the course of one night filled with humor and friendship -- highlighted by a party attended by twins Andrée and Denise, two Quebecers with contrasting charms -- the two fun-loving guys take stock of their lives, memories and fantasies. Meanwhile, on television, various celebrities draw up a comic portrait of North American society.

"A shrewd, funny, humane and very well-written and acted comedy from Haitian-born Montreal writer Dany Laferriere (author of "How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired" and "On the Verge of a Fever"), who makes a lively directorial debut with this comic-dramatic tale." ~ Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Dany Laferriere
Starring: Michel Mpambara
Starring: Maka Kotto
Starring: Sonia Vachon
 

GENRES

  • Romantic Comedy
  • Bonus DVD: On the Verge of Fever
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HUMAN BEHAVIOR

HUMAN BEHAVIOR

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HUMAN BEHAVIOR

DIRECTED BY FLAVIO LEANDRO 

BRAZIL / 1995 / SILENT FILM / 12 MIN                                                                          
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In 1993, death squads opened fire on a group of sleeping street children camped on the steps of a cathedral in Rio de Janeiro’s central financial district, killing six. This event, later called the Candelaria massacre, is vividly depicted in this short film about the plight of street children in Brazil.  

DIRECTOR

Director: Flavio Leandro
 

GENRE

  • Drama

                                                                      

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JACQUES ROUMAIN: PASSION FOR A COUNTRY

JACQUES ROUMAIN: PASSION FOR A COUNTRY

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JACQUES ROUMAIN: PASSION FOR A COUNTRY

DIRECTED BY ARNOLD ANTONIN 
HAITI / 2008 / CREOLE AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 111 MIN

SYNOPSIS

This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti’s most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. In his perceptive writings, Roumain raised questions about the issues facing Haiti that remain relevant today.

Some of Jacques Roumain’s best writings were translated by the legendary African-American poet Langston Hughes. The question is raised: what legacy has Jacques Roumain left for the future of Haitian youth.

For more information about Jacques Roumain click here. 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Arnold Antonin
 

GENRES

  • Historical documentary 
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JAMAICAN MUSIC AND SOUL

JAMAICAN MUSIC AND SOUL

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Jamaican Music & Soul is a dvd that contains 2 documentaries, firstly Jerome Lapperousaz's powerful Made in Jamaica (2006) and 2nd, the classic rasta repatriation story by German film maker Fitz Baumann Journey Of The Lion (1992), which is a beautiful film that has withstood the test of time and continues to be screened at film festivals each year.

 

MADE IN JAMAICA

Made in Jamaica features wall-to-all music from 19 bands, including Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Third World, Doc Marshall, and Sly Dunbar & Robby Shakespeare. Through music, interviews, and performances, this documentary explores the roots and influence of reggae and its evolution into island, rap and dancehall music. It is a powerful portrait of reggae's best musicians and of Jamaica itself - the island that spawned a musical revolution. 

Jamaica/France | 2006 | 110 mins | English | Jerome Laperrousaz, Dir. |

“If you want to understand what is popular music, its power and its role in a postcolonial society like Jamaica; how the songs are able to do better than any study in sociology to translate the sufferings, the hopes, the dead-ends, the revolts, and the energy of all the people, then it is absolutely necessary to watch Made in Jamaica.” ~ LE NOUVELLE OBSERVATEUR


THE JOURNEY OF A LION

The Journey of the Lion* is a rare docudrama starring Rastafarian musician Brother Howie, who dreams of the land of his ancestors - Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his identity he travels across three continents with his humor and sensitivity intact.

|Jamaica and Germany | 1992 | 90 mins | docu-drama | English | Fritz Baumann, dir. |

“Howard A. Trott, the subject of Fritz Baumann’s film The Journey of the Lion, is a Jamaican Rastafarian who lives an impoverished existence with his two children in a shack on the outskirts of Kingston. Disgusted with modern civilization, Brother Howie, as he is known, dreams of repatriation in Africa. Out of the blue one day, he receives a letter from the sister he hasn’t seen in 30 years inviting him to visit her in London. Leaving Jamaica for the first time in this life, he embarks on a journey that takes him to England and eventually to Egypt and Ghana. In the final scene of this eloquently simple film, Brother Howie stands on the remains of a coastal fortress and reflects on his ancestors who were carried off as slaves… “ -- Stephen Holden - The New York Times.



*"If you've not yet seen this beautiful film - The Journey of the Lion - i can highly recommend this. it's the best film i've ever seen on the subject of repatriation and Rastaliving, the film gives an accurate view of the self-sufficient rasta lifestyle which many other film-makers have attempted to document but have failed to accurately portray this. The Journey of The Lion gives real insight into the life of a single parent rasta family living in the countryside and also follows brother Howie on his journey to Africa which is fulfilling his life long dream." - Reggae Films UK

 

 

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JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD

JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD

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JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD 

DIRECTED BY ANNETTE VON WANGENHEIM
GERMANY, U.S. AND FRANCE / 2006 / ENGLISH, GERMAN, AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 45 MIN

SYNOPSIS

A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn.

The film focuses on her life and work from a  perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Annette von Wangenheim
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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KING BEHIND THE CAMERA

KING BEHIND THE CAMERA

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KING AMPAW is a Germany trained Ghanaian filmmaker whose work has gained international recognition. Kukurantumi, The Road to Accra, winner Film Critics Award, FESPACO 1985, is one of two feature films - with No Time to Die - in this double set DVD "A KING BEHIND THE CAMERA" that offers a good-humored depiction of life in modern Ghana.

 

KUKURANTUMI: THE ROAD TO ACCRA 

DIRECTED BY KING AMPAW 
GHANA / 1983 / ENGLISH / 95 MIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFPNW_2tZuE

SYNOPSIS

In this revealing African comedy-drama 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.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: King Ampaw
Starring: Evans Oma
Starring: Amy Appiah
Starring: David Dontoh
 

GENRES

  • Drama and Comedy

NO TIME TO DIE 

DIRECTED BY KING AMPAW
GHANA AND WEST GERMANY / 2006 / ENGLISH / 95 MIN


SYNOPSIS

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.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Nick Hughes
Starring: Fritz Baffour
Starring: Kofi Bucknor
Starring: Agnes Dapaa
 

GENRES

  • Drama and Romantic Comedy 
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KINSHASA MAKAMBO
KINSHASA MAKAMBO
KINSHASA MAKAMBO
KINSHASA MAKAMBO

KINSHASA MAKAMBO

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KINSHASA MAKAMBO

DIRECTED BY DIEUDO HAMADI
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, FRANCE, GERMANY, NORWAY, QATAR, SWITZERLAND/ 2018/ LINGALA | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES/ 75 MIN

SYNOPSIS

In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time.

This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralysed.

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance.

 

DIRECTOR

Director: Dieudo Hamadi
 
 GENRE
  • Documentary
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KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS

KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS

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KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS 

DIRECTED BY MICHEL OCELOT 
SENEGAL AND FRANCE / 1998 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES OR DUBBED WITH ENGLISH / 70 MIN

SYNOPSIS

This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Lisa Nesselson of Variety (11/1/99) notes: "KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS employs snappy visuals to tell a catchy story for all ages. A blend of African folktales "Kirikou" has both humor and flair." KIRIKOU depicts a precocious newborn infant who battles ignorance, and so-called evil, with endearing perseverance. This film speaks to the child within us all who yearns to express and defend the best in others and ourselves. KIRIKOU's stunning visuals are accented by a traditional music soundtrack by African music giant Youssou N'Dour of Senegal.

Also, see the official Kirikou web site.

"A blend of African folktales Kirikou has both humor and flair. Kirikou and the Sorceressemploys snappy visuals to tell a catchy story for all ages." - Lisa Nesselson of Variety 

“Kids will love Kirikou and the Sorceress, an offbeat carton feature about an alarmingly brainy tot. The lesson taught by Kirikou, that an evildoer actually is someone in pain, is a good one for kids to learn early” - The Record

“In its 16-year history, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival’s two juries – one comprising children, the other adults – had never given their top prized to the same film, until last year, when both juries honored Kirikou and the Sorceress, a beautifully animated first feature by French filmmaker Michel Ocelot about an African boy’s battle with an evil witch for the soul of his people. Filled with lessons about morality, bravery, selflessness and compassion, Kirikou and the Sorceress is top-shelf family entertainment.” - Chicago Tribune.

Kirikou and the Sorceress is magic from a clear sky. Dazzlingly painted images limn forth this folklore based animated feature by French-born, Guinea-raised Michel Ocelot. A newborn toddler whose simple powers are speed, mischief and ingenuity outwits an evil sorceress who comes on like a bead-bedecked Gloria Swanson. In the best tradition of National Geographic ethnography, everyone is naked, beads apart, and the scenery is gorgeous. Kirikou and the Sorceress is funny, charming, wise, beautiful, and exciting…” Arts section - Financial Times

"Should appeal to younger children and to adults who can appreciate its quiet pleasures." -- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Michel Ocelot
 

GENRES

  • Animation
  • Public libraries and K-12 DVD sale: $29.95
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KUKURANTUMI; THE ROAD TO ACCRA

KUKURANTUMI; THE ROAD TO ACCRA

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KUKURANTUMI: THE ROAD TO ACCRA 

DIRECTED BY KING AMPAW 
GHANA / 1983 / ENGLISH / 95 MIN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFPNW_2tZuE

SYNOPSIS

In this revealing African comedy-drama 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.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: King Ampaw
Starring: Evans Oma
Starring: Amy Appiah
Starring: David Dontoh
 

GENRES

  • Drama and Comedy
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LA PLAYA D.C.

LA PLAYA D.C.

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LA PLAYA D.C. 

DIRECTED BY JUAN ANDRES ARANGO GARCIA
COLOMBIA/BRAZIL/FRANCE / 2012 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 90 MIN

 

SYNOPSIS

Tomas,an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country's Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city if exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Tomas plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiatory journey that compels him to face his past and to leave aside the influence of his is brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Juan Andres Arango Garcia
Starring: Luis Carlos Guevara
Starring: Jamés Solís
Starring: Andrés Murillo
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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LA ULTIMA RUMBA DE PAPA MONTERO (THE LAST RUMBA OF PAPA MONTERO)

LA ULTIMA RUMBA DE PAPA MONTERO (THE LAST RUMBA OF PAPA MONTERO)

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LA ULTIMA RUMBA DE PAPA MONTERO (THE LAST RUMBA OF PAPA MONTERO) 

DIRECTED BY OCTAVIO CORTAZAR 
CUBA AND MARTINIQUE / 1992 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 52 MIN

SYNOPSIS

A fascinating film on the rhythmic dance genre known as Rumba, La Ultima Rumba de Papa Montero dances around the life of Papa Montero, one of the famous rumberos of Cuba, assassinated during carnival. A discovery of Cuban traditions and every day life told through beautiful images, sensual music and dance. The use of Afro-Cuban mythology is the force behind the characters as orishas guide the characters' fate.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Nick Hughes
Starring: Eric Bridges Twahirwa
Starring: Cleophas Kabasita 
Starring: Davis Kagenza 
 

GENRES

  • Docu-drama 
  • DVD Afro-Cuba: Yesterday and Today which also includes Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker.
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LE DAMIER, PAPA NATIONAL OYÉ! THE DRAUGHTSMEN CLASH

LE DAMIER, PAPA NATIONAL OYÉ! THE DRAUGHTSMEN CLASH

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LE DAMIER, PAPA NATIONAL OYÉ! THE DRAUGHTSMEN CLASH 

DIRECTED BY BAKUPA KANYINDA BALUFU 
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (FORMER ZAIRE) AND GABON / 1996 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 40 MIN
SYNOPSIS

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.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
Starring: Dieudonné Kabongo
Starring: Pascal N'Zonz 
Starring: Yves Mbai
 

GENRES

  • Comedy 
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