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COLLABORATION AFRICA AND THE WEST
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Ashakara -
Director: Gérard Louvin
From: Burkina-Faso, Togo, Switzerland, and France
Year: 1991 - Minutes: 90
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: comedy

Set in Togo, West Africa, Ashakara is a modern African tale. An African doctor finds a cure to a deadly virus and decides to mass produce the drug at low cost in Africa. However, a pharmaceutical multinational does not want the doctor to succeed and sends an agent to Africa first to buy the drug then to destroy it...Mixing action, suspense, good humor, and a lucid depiction of the contemporary African continent, Ashakara entertains and educates all at once.

Official Selection, Cognac International Festival of the Thriller, 1992
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DVD sale: $195
Burkina-Faso, Togo, Switzerland, and France
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Congo: White King , Rubber, Black Death
Director: Peter Bate
From: Belgium/UK
Year: 2004 - Minutes: 100
Language: English/French/Duch w/ English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Congo:White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
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This true, shocking, astonishing story of what the Belgians did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death describes Leopold II, King of the Belgium's private colony of the Congo between 1885 and 1908 as a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children's hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a "tendentious diatribe" for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo. Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo.



DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes Bonus Documentary Boma Tervuren: The Journey


African Film

Glorious Exit


Director: Kevin Merz
From:Nigeria/Switzerland
Year:2008 Minutes: 75
Language:English and German with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary

Winner “Festival Real Life” Accra 2008. Official selection, African Diaspora Film Festival 2008

Glorious Exit

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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.
DVD sale: $245

African Films
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Kirikou and the Sorceress -
Director: Michel Ocelot
From: France
Year: 1998 - Minutes: 70
Language: French w/ English subtitles or dubbed in English
Genre: animation

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.

 

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DVD sale: $245

Special DVD Features:

  • French and English tracks
  • Comments by Filmmaker
  • Color Game
  • Scene Selection
  • Character Presentation
Winner Grand Prize for best animated feature, International Festival of Animated Film in Annecy, France

First Prize from both children and adult juries, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
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THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN
Directors: Thierry Michel & Colette Braeckman
From: Belgium
Year: 2015- Minutes: 115 mins
Language : French and Lingala with English Sub.
Genre: Documentary

Winner of the Sakharov Prize 2014, Doctor Mukwege is internationally known as the man who mends thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on the planet, despite its extremely rich sub-soil.
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DVD sale: $445
African Films

African Film


Masai The Rain Warriors

Director: Pascal Plisson
From: France/Kenya
Year: 2005African Film Minutes: 94
Language: Masai with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

Faced with a drought that endangers the continuity of their people, Masai elders are convinced that they have been cursed by the Red God -- the God of Vengeance. Following the death of the war chief, a group of adolescents must now cross over to adulthood, forced to quickly form a new generation of inexperienced but brave warriors. The adolescents must bring back the mane of a legendary lion, which appears at every critical period of the Masai history to appease the wrath of the God and bring back the rains. The survival of their culture depends on this quest.

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DVD sale: $195
African Films

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Nelio's Story
Director: Solveig Nordlund
From: Sweden
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 92
Language: Portuguese/Mozambican with English subtitles
Genre: drama

Shot in Mozambique, but set in an unnamed city, the film depicts the life of an orphan boy, Nelio, whose parents were killed by guerrillas. He escapes to the city and finds magic there and is soon rumoured to possess healing powers, in this violent, yet mythic coming-of-age story. Based on a novel by the popular Swedish writer Henning Mankell.

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African Films

African Film




Return to Gorée

Director: Pierre-Yves Borgeaud
From: Senegal/Switzerland/ Luxembourg
Year: 2006African Film
Minutes:
108
Language:English and French with English subtitles
Genre: Musical Documentary
Format: 35mm

Youssou N'Dour
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A musical road movie, Return to Gorée follows Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's historical journey tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created. Youssou N'Dour's challenge is to bring back to Africa a jazz repertoire of his own songs to perform a concert in Gorée, the island that today symbolizes the slave trade and stands to honor its victims.

From Atlanta to New Orleans, from New York to Bordeaux and Luxembourg, the songs are transformed, immersed in jazz and gospel. Transcending cultural divisions and rehearsing with of some of the world's most exceptional musicians, Youssou N'Dour is preparing to return to Africa for the final concert...

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DVD sale: $245

African Films

African Film

SEXY MONEY

A reflection of the difficult social conditions of women in many societies in different parts of the world, SEXY MONEY explores frontally with much sensitivity and compassion the broken hopes and hard choices of poor Nigerian women as they struggle to reintegrate Nigerian society with dignity after being expelled from Europe where they worked as prostitutes.
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Sexy Money

Director: Karin Junger
From: Nigeria/Netherlands
Year: 2014- Minutes: 85 mins
Language : English
Genre: Documentary
DVD sale: $295
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