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THE CITIZEN (AZ ALLAMPOLGAR)

THE CITIZEN (AZ ALLAMPOLGAR)

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THE CITIZEN

Directed by Roland Vranik | Hungary | 2016 | Drama | 109 min

SYNOPSIS

In his late fifties Wilson, whose family was killed during an outbreak of civil war in Guinea-Bissau, enters Europe as a political refugee and settles for a sedate life as a security guard in a Budapest shopping center. Wilson's main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship. The story follows Wilson as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society in his daily life, at work, with Mari, a history teacher who helps him study for the citizenship and Shirin, a young Iranian woman whose only hope to avoid deportation is to marry a Hungarian citizen. The Citizen is an Award-winning drama that poignantly dwells on some of the most complex issues of contemporary modern European society.BBC

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Rolad Vranik
 
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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THE DESERT ARK

THE DESERT ARK

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THE DESERT ARK 

DIRECTED BY MOHAMED CHOUIKH 
ALGERIA / 1997 / ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 90 MIN

SYNOPSIS

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. 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Mohamed Chouikh
Starring:  Hacen Abdou
Starring: Messaouda Adami
Starring: Shyraz Aliane
 

GENRES

  • Epic Drama 
  • Part of 2 DVD set Great African Films Vol 3 with Daratt (Dry Season)
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THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE

THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE

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THE EXCEPTION AND THE RULE 

DIRECTED BY JOEL ZITO ARAUJO
BRAZIL / 1997 / PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 38 MIN

SYNOPSIS

On March 13, 1992, Vicente Francisco do Espirito Santo, a Black Brazilian who worked in a government-owned electricity company, was fired from his job.  It did not take long for him to realize that his dismissal was directly linked to his skin color.  Encouraged by his union and a strong Black empowerment movement, he began a judicial process which he won, and as a result was reinstated in his former position.  This informative documentary about an unknown victory illustrates how the courts of Brazil did recognize the company's prejudice and racism in a country where such realities are usually dismissed as atypical. 

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Joel Zito Araujo
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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THE FIRST RASTA

THE FIRST RASTA

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THE FIRST RASTA

DIRECTED BY HELENE LEE 
JAMAICA AND FRANCE / 2010 / ENGLISH / 85 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Thirty years after Bob Marley's death, it is time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893- 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and traveled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to Anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard "Going" Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community.

Going far beyond the standard imagery of Rasta—ganja, reggae, and dreadlocks—this cultural history offers an uncensored vision of a movement with complex roots and the exceptional journey of a man who taught an enslaved people how to be proud and impose their culture on the world. In the 1920s Leonard Percival Howell and the First Rastas had a revelation concerning the divinity of Haile Selassie, king of Ethiopia, that established the vision for the most popular mystical movement of the 20th century, Rastafarianism. Although jailed, ridiculed, and treated as insane, Howell, also known as the Gong, established a Rasta community of 4,500 members, the first agro-industrial enterprise devoted to producing marijuana. In the late 1950s the community was dispersed, disseminating Rasta teachings throughout the ghettos of the island. A young singer named Bob Marley adopted Howell's message, and through Marley's visions, reggae made its explosion in the music world.


Read The New York Times review here

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Helene Lee
Starring: Leonard Percival Howell
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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THE GLASS CEILING (LE PLAFOND DE VERRE)

THE GLASS CEILING (LE PLAFOND DE VERRE)

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THE GLASS CEILING (LE PLAFOND DE VERRE)

DIRECTED BY YAMINA BENGUIGUI
FRANCE / 2004 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 90 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Europe's racial make-up is quickly changing. French-Algerian filmmaker Yamina Benguigui is hoping to start a conversation about affirmative action - a policy that does not exist in France today. Benguigui's Le Plafond de Verre (Glass Ceiling) presents a series of sometimes very emotional first-hand accounts of discrimination against mostly black and North African Arab who are trying to find jobs. The documentary offers poignant and revealing accounts of discrimination faced by these full-fledged French citizens who are also children of immigrant parents.

"Now that I am out there looking for work, I cannot forget that I am not French like other French people."
— Nesrine Yahia

"Politicians in France are mostly horrified to even think about such policies ( implementing an American-style affirmative action program with quotas) because they go against what are called the values of the republic. I think that unless there is pressure from the ground up, politics in France will never change."
— Yamina Benguigui

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Yamina Benguigui
 

GENRES

  • Documentary 
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THE INVISIBLE COLOR: AFRO-CUBANS IN MIAMI

THE INVISIBLE COLOR: AFRO-CUBANS IN MIAMI

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THE INVISIBLE COLOR: AFRO-CUBANS IN MIAMI

DIRECTED BY SERGIO GIRAL

USA / 2017 / ENGLISH AND SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 47 MIN

SYNOPSIS

This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today. It tracks its presence throughout the region, and highlights its contribution to Miami's civic culture through testimonies and visual documentation.

DIRECTOR

Director: Sergio Giral
 

GENRE

  • Documentary
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THE JOURNEY OF THE LION

THE JOURNEY OF THE LION

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THE JOURNEY OF THE LION 

DIRECTED BY FRITZ BAUMANN 
JAMAICA AND GERMANY / 1992 / ENGLISH / 90 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Brother Howie is a Jamaican Rastifari who dreams of the land of his ancestors: Africa. On a journey in search of his roots and his identity he travels through three continents and - with great humor and sensitivity - discovers the world...and Africa.

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Fritz Baumann
Starring: Sheeba
Starring: Trucker
Starring: Aron
 

GENRES

  • Docu-drama 
  • DVD sale: $295 Part of "Jamaican Music & Soul" 2 DVD set with "Made in Jamaica"
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THE LAST TREE

THE LAST TREE

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THE LAST TREE

Femi, a British boy of Nigerian descent who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire with his white fostermother, moves to inner London to live with his Nigerian mum.

Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take, and what it means to be a young black man in London.

Going back home to Nigeria with his mum to find his Nigerian roots will help adolescent Femi find grounding and hope for a better future.

Directed by Shola Amoo, 2019, UK, 98 min, drama, English.

" Thoughtfully alternates universal adolescent insecurities with urgently specific minority politics - filtered through a first-person perspective that itself oscillates between furious clarity and vivid confusion." ~ Variety

* WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION - SUNDANCE 2019

* WINNER - British Independent Film Awards 2019
- Best Supporting Actress: Ruthxjiah Bellenea
- Most Promising Newcomer: Sam Adewunmi

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THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)
THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)

THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN: THE WRATH OF HIPPOCRATES (L'HOMME QUI RÉPARE LES FEMMES: LA COLÈRE D'HIPPOCRATE)

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THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN

DIRECTED BY THIERRY MICHEL AND COLETTE BRAECKMAN 
CONGO AND BELGIUM / 2015 / FRENCH, ENGLISH, SWAHILI AND MASHI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 113 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Portrait of the impressive life and work of internationally renowned gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received the 2014 prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, for his struggle against sexual violence. Mukwege medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women in sixteen years of professional practice.

Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war for years in the violence-ridden and poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo. In order to provide medical, psychological and emotional aid to the victims, Dr. Mukwege founded the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in 1999. Besides his work as a physician Dr. Mukwege also defends human rights and seeks to raise global awareness on the issue of sexual violence in his country. He condemns the political reluctance to tackle the problem and is not afraid to hit the nail on the head.

His work is not without danger, as Dr. Mukwege experienced in 2012, when armed men entered his home and started shooting. Mukwege and his family survived the attack, but his guard was killed. The doctor now lives cloistered in his hospital in Bukavu under the protection of the United Nation peacekeepers. The women, whose physical and emotional integrity and dignity have been restored, stand beside him, true activists for peace, and hungry for justice.

The Man Who Mends Women - The Wrath of Hippocrates was awarded on the 8th of February 2016 the Best Documentary Magritte given once a year by  the  Académie  André Delvaux to the Best Feature Length Belgium Francophone Documentary of the year. 

It also received on January 29, 2016  the HUMANUM AWARD by the Belgium Film  Critic Union (Union de la Presse Cinématographique Belge - UPCB) for its advocacy in  favor of harmonious living among different peoples.

Other awards include:
* Best Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2016 Pan African Film Festival, in Los Angeles (USA);
* Special Mention at the Festival Internacional De Cine Documental De La Ciudad de Mexico 2015 (Mexico);
* The Public Award at the Algiers International Film Festival 2015 (Algeria);
* The Golden Butterfly - A Matter of Act award at the Movies That Matter Festival 2015 (The Netherlands)

The film has received so far 5 Human Rights Awards, 3 Audience Awards, and 4 Grand Prizes for Best Documentary in festivals worldwide!

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Thierry Michel and Colette Braeckman
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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THE NAKED POET

THE NAKED POET

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THE NAKED POET

DIRECTED BY JASON BARRETT
U.K. / 2016 / ENGLISH / 117 MIN

SYNOPSIS

The Naked Poet is a smart, heartfelt drama about infidelity and sexual desire.

Directed and produced by talented independent British filmmaker Jason Barrett - who also stars in the film - The Naked Poet is the story of Lazarus, a young poet exploring the difficulties associated with matters of the heart. He finds himself caught up in a love triangle and confronting the painful and confusing decision of choosing between his long-term girlfriend Louise and newfound love Simone while dealing with his responsibilities as a father to his only child from a past relationship.

Release in the UK in late 2016, The Naked Poet is a comedy-drama with a predominantly Black cast - including UK gone Hollywood actor Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner, Sense8) - which offers a complex, multidimensional portray of life, love and friendship within the young, middle class Black British community.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Jason Barrett
Starring: Babatunde Aleshe
Starring: Aml Ameen
Starring: Kelle Bryan
 

GENRES

  • Romantic Comedy/Drama 
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THE OTHER WORLD (L'AUTRE MONDE)

THE OTHER WORLD (L'AUTRE MONDE)

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THE OTHER WORLD (L'AUTRE MONDE) 

DIRECTED BY MERZAK ALLOUACHE
ALGERIA AND FRANCE / 2001 / ARABIC ND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 90 MIN

SYNOPSIS

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...

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Merzak Allouache
Starring: Marie Brahimi
Starring: Karim Bouaiche
Starring: Nazim Boudjenah
 

GENRES

  • Romantic Drama 
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THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE
THE PIROGUE

THE PIROGUE

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THE PIROGUE 

DIRECTED BY MOUSSA TOURÉ
SENEGAL, FRANCE AND GERMANY / 2012 / WOLOF AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 87 MIN

SYNOPSIS

In Moussa Toure’s powerful 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.

Baye Laye is the captain of a fishing pirogue. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered to lead one of the many pirogues that head towards Europe via the Canary Island, he reluctantly accepts the job, knowing full-well the dangers that lie ahead. Leading a group of 30 men who don't all speak the same language, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of 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.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Moussa Touré
Starring: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye
Starring: Laïty Fall
Starring: Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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THE PRESIDENT HAS AIDS?

THE PRESIDENT HAS AIDS?

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THE PRESIDENT HAS AIDS?

DIRECTED BY ARNOLD ANTONIN
HAITI / 2007 / CREOLE AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 110 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Jimmy Jean-Louis -- featured among the cast of the television phenomenon “Heroes,”  -- stars as musician extraordinaire in denial, President, in this Haitian comedy-drama about the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dao is the biggest movie star in Haiti, the self-proclaimed "President of Compas." He has women falling at his feet and men emulating him. He feels invincible-living the life of a rock star--sex, drugs and alcohol--except that he can no longer hide his illness which is threatening to derail his career. Despite pressure from his manager, he refuses to get tested for AIDS, turning instead to rituals, spells, and the church. At one of his concerts, he rescues Nina from the leery advances of Larieux, a wealthy and powerful businessman, who Nina's mother wants her to marry. As romance blossoms between Dao and Nina, who likes Dao despite his fame, not because of it, Larieux plots his revenge. Also starring Riccardo Lefeuvre and Jessica Geneus. 

 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Arnold Antonin
Starring: Jimmy Jean-Louis
Starring: Jessica Geneus
Starring: Riccardo Lefeuvre
 

GENRES

  • Dramatic comedy
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THE SILENT MONOLOGUE

THE SILENT MONOLOGUE

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THE SILENT MONOLOGUE 

DIRECTED BY KHADY SYLLA AND CHARLIE VAN DAMME
SENEGAL AND BELGIUM / 2008 / WOLOF AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 48 MIN

SYNOPSIS

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.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director:  Khady Sylla and Charlie Van Damme
 

GENRES

  • Docu-drama 
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THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK

THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK

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THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK

DIRECTED BY MENELIK SHABAZZ
U.K. / 2011 / ENGLISH / 96 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history. 

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Menelik Shabazz
Starring: Dennis Bovell
Starring: Paulette Harris-German
Starring: Janet Kay
 

GENRES

  • Musical Documentary
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The Tracker

THE TRACKER

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THE TRACKER 

DIRECTED BY ROLF DE HEER
AUSTRALIA / 2004 / MAORI AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 98 MIN

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1922 and The Tracker (David Gulpilil, Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence) has the job of pursuing The Fugitive - an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman - as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback.

The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil
Starring: Gary Sweet
Starring: Damon Gameau
 

GENRES

  • Epic Drama 
  • DVD also includes Bonus Documentary Gulpilil: One Red Blood

BONUS FILM

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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The Tracker

THE TRACKER + GULPILIL: ONE RED BLOOD

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THE TRACKER 

DIRECTED BY ROLF DE HEER
AUSTRALIA / 2004 / MAORI AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 98 MIN

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1922 and The Tracker (David Gulpilil, Walkabout, Rabbit-Proof Fence) has the job of pursuing The Fugitive - an aborigine who is suspected of murdering a white woman - as he leads three mounted policemen: The Fanatic, The Follower and also The Veteran across the outback.

The Tracker, a mysterious and enigmatic figure whose true character remains unknown, assists them in their quest. As they move deeper into the bush and further away from civilization, the toxic forces of paranoia and violence begin to escalate, stirring up questions of what is black and what is white and who is leading whom. Their journey becomes an acrimonious and murderous trek that shifts power from one man to another, challenged by the indigenous people they come across as well as each other.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil
Starring: Gary Sweet
Starring: Damon Gameau
 

GENRES

  • Epic Drama 
  • DVD also includes Bonus Documentary Gulpilil: One Red Blood

BONUS FILM

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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THE VALLEY OF THE BLACK DESCENDANTS  (EL VALLE DE LOS NEGROS)

THE VALLEY OF THE BLACK DESCENDANTS (EL VALLE DE LOS NEGROS)

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THE VALLEY OF THE BLACK DESCENDANTS 
(EL VALLE DE LOS NEGROS) 

DIRECTED BY Richard Salgado

Chile / 2017/ SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 52 min

SYNOPSIS

In the Azapa Valley (Chile), an oasis in the driest desert in the world, a group of descendants of enslaved men and women brought from Africa are organizing the first African census in the history of Chile. Their aim is to get official recognition from the State that has concealed their culture and African identity for more than 200 years. 

DIRECTOR 

Director: Richard Salgado
 

GENRES

  • Documentary
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THOMAS SANKARA

THOMAS SANKARA

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THOMAS SANKARA

DIRECTED BY BALUFU BAKUPA KANYINDA
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO / 1991 / FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 26 MIN

SYNOPSIS

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.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda
Starring: Thomas Sankara
 

GENRES

  • Documentary 
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TIME AND JUDGEMENT: A STORY OF A 400 YEAR EXILE

TIME AND JUDGEMENT: A STORY OF A 400 YEAR EXILE

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TIME AND JUDGEMENT: A DIARY OF A 400 YEAR EXILE

DIRECTED BY MENELIK SHABAZZ
U.K. AND BARBADOS / 1988 / ENGLISH / 84 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Time and Judgement is an overview of the African Liberation Movement that spans a period of 400 hundred years. The film narrates the tribulations and successes of people of African descent in and out of Africa with a special focus on the struggles of the last century. Through extensive footage of the movement in the Caribbean, Africa, America and Europe, the viewer is exposed to the critical political analysis of leaders such as: Maurice Bishop of Grenada, Walter Rodney of Guyana, Jessie Jackson, Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael) and Louis Farrakhan of the USA, Samora Machel of Mozambique, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and more.

Through the creative use of various art forms including theater, poetry, songs and art, Time and Judgement establishes a connection between a biblical prophecy with the times we are living in, leading toward the final confrontation between the heart and money - the heart symbolizing love and life, and money symbolizing greed and lust for power.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Menelik Shabazz
Starring: Doris Harper-Wills
Starring: Thomas Pinnock
Starring: Anita Breveld
 

GENRES

  • Documentary  
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VOICES OF THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

VOICES OF THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA

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From the new South Africa comes this double feature focusing on the struggle of Black South Africans - both those who lived in exile and those who stayed home - to find their place in their country after apartheid.

 

 

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Nothing But the Truth (John Kani, 2008, 78 mins.), which is based on the award-winning, long-running play by director and actor John Kani, explores the complex dynamic between those who risked their lives to remain in South Africa to end apartheid and those who lived in exile to bring attention to the cause. In New Brighton, librarian Sipho Makhaya prepares for the return of his brother’s ashes. His brother had gained a reputation as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement while Sipho spent most of his life on the front lines.

 

HOMECOMING 

Homecoming (Norman Maake, 2005, 90 mins.), a film version of the hit mini-series, follows three veteran soldiers of the African National Congress who return to South Africa after years in exile to pick up the pieces of their lives and careers. Charlie wants to open a club; Thabo struggles to reacquaint himself with his wife and family; and Peter remains in politics to uncover the hard truths about those who betrayed the ANC. In English.

John Kani/Norman Maake---South Africa---2008/2005---168 mins.

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WAALO FENDO: WHERE THE EARTH FREEZES

WAALO FENDO: WHERE THE EARTH FREEZES

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WAALO FENDO: WHERE THE EARTH FREEZES

DIRECTED BY MOHAMMED SOUDANI
SENGAL AND SWITZERLAND / 1998 / WOLOF WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 65 MIN

SYNOPSIS

Milan, like Paris or Stuttgart, and like many other European cities, is the theater of the drama of immigration. Demba reconstructs his story and that of his brother Yaro, both Senegalese immigrants in Italy, in a long and fragmentary flashback that begins with Yaro’s murder and recounts their departure from the village, arrival in Europe, the work they find selling lighters and picking tomatoes in the south of Italy: the stages every “non-EEC citizen” goes through in Italy. It is a story of immigration like so many others but that most people are unaware of. Waalo Fendo illustrates the dehumanization faced by so many immigrants all over the world.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Mohammed Soudani
Starring: Saidou Moussa Ba
Starring: Oumar Ba
Starring: Baara N'Gom
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
  • Also includes film Otomo
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WHITE LIES + WHITE LIKE THE MOON

WHITE LIES + WHITE LIKE THE MOON

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WHITE LIES

Directed by Dana Rotberg | 2013 | New Zealand | 96mins | Drama | English and Maori with English subtitles.

SYNOPSIS

Based on a novel by Whale Rider writer Witi Ihimaera, White Lies - New Zealand's entry in the 2014 Oscar competition for best foreign-language film - is an intense drama that explores with great humanity and sensitivity such difficult topics as race relations, skin bleaching and abortion.

Paraiti is the healer and midwife of her rural, Maori people - she believes in life. But new laws in force are prohibiting unlicensed healers, making the practice of much Maori medicine illegal. She gets approached by Maraea, the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca, who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine.

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2013
DIRECTOR 

Director: Dana Rotberg
 

GENRES

  • Drama

WHITE LIKE THE MOON 

DIRECTED BY MARINA GONZALEZ PALMIER
U.S.A. / 2001 / ENGLISH / 23 MIN

SYNOPSIS

A Mexican-American girl struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin. White Like the Moon is a revealing film about a dilemma not very well known outside Latino communities; that of the myth of the light skin superiority in Indigenous and Indigenous descendant communities.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Marina Gonzalez Palmier
Starring: Misha Aziz
Starring: Diana Burbano
Starring: Crystal Leah Chacon
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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WHITE LIKE THE MOON

WHITE LIKE THE MOON

Regular price $145.00
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WHITE LIKE THE MOON 

DIRECTED BY MARINA GONZALEZ PALMIER
U.S.A. / 2001 / ENGLISH / 23 MIN

SYNOPSIS

A Mexican-American girl struggles to keep her identity when her mother forces her to bleach her skin. White Like the Moon is a revealing film about a dilemma not very well known outside Latino communities; that of the myth of the light skin superiority in Indigenous and Indigenous descendant communities.

DIRECTOR AND CAST

Director: Marina Gonzalez Palmier
Starring: Misha Aziz
Starring: Diana Burbano
Starring: Crystal Leah Chacon
 

GENRES

  • Drama 
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