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100% Arabica -
Director: Mahmoud Zemmouri
From: France and Algeria
Year: 1997 - Minutes: 85
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: comedy

In a housing project located on the outskirts of Paris renamed “100% Arabica” by its inhabitants, African immigrants live side by side. The residents are united by their struggle for recognition in a society where immigrants are often regarded as second class citizens. In a world of exiles, poverty is the common denominator. Against this backdrop, director Zemmouri has brought together two of the biggest and most charismatic stars of the cross-cultural musical form known as Rai, Cheb Mami and Khaled, who play the leaders of a band called Rap Oriental. As the band of musicians starts to gain in popularity, the Imam of the local mosque (Mouss) tries to destroy them by stirring up racial and cultural tensions. However, no one can stop the infectious popularity of the songs in this story of music triumphing over bigotry and violence.
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DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes Bonus Short Rotating Square
France and Algeria

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Black Dju - Pol Cruchten
Director: Pol Cruchten
From: Cape Verde and Luxembourg
Year: 1995 - Minutes: 80
Language: Portuguese & French with English subtitles
Genre: drama

From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it's a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. But it's not just the weather that's not welcoming, Dju also has to face overzealous immigration cops intent on filling deportation quotas and the noisy outrage of a hard-boozing police lieutenant (veteran actor Philippe Léotard). Dad's trail looks cold, until lieutenant decides to join in the hunt and to become Dju's partner in this tale of love and friendship. With the exceptional participation of Cape Verdian singer Cesaria Evora as Dju's mother and Manu Dibango as himself.

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DVD sale: $195

African Film

Black Paris

BLACK PARIS

Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of Light is an exciting, enlightening documentary on the presence of African Americans in Paris from WWI to the early 1960s.
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DVD sale: $295


Director: Joanne Burke
From: USA/France
Year: 2017- Minutes: 60 mins
Language : English
Genre:Documentary
African Film

Boma-Tervuren, The Journey (Le Voyage) - directed by Francis Dujardin
Director: Francis Dujardin
From: Belgium
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 54
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

The extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 Congolese, brought to Brussels for the 1897 World's Fair. After some four months of travel towards Belgium, they are exhibited before a million visitors. Subjected to the crushing gaze of the "Whites" and the cold climate, many fell prey to disease and even some lost their lives. The dead were hastily dispatched in a common grave, sparking a fierce debate in Belgian society. The project was overblown, but necessary in the eyes of the first colonizers, who presumed to have tamed the far-flung savages. One hundred years later, Congolese compatriots return to the scene of these events and question the "Whites" of today on the incredible story of that "human zoo". They carry out the ritual of "a return to the earth" by way of reparation for too great a hurt… A film that revisits a century of stereotyped conceptions about the Africans. And running through it, the almost aching question: "How is today different?"


DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes powerful documentary Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
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Burning an Illusion -
Director: Menelik Shabazz
From: UK
Year: 1981 - Minutes: 107
Language: English
Genre: drama

The illusions being burnt are those of Pat Williams (Cassie McFarlane), an attractive 22-year old Black girl with a steady clerical job, her own little flat in West London, and the aim of settling down to a comfortable lower-middle class married life with Mr. Right. She is shaken out of this dream by Del, a feckless, disgruntled macho type (played with sullen charm by one of UK’s best Black actors, Victor Romero), who moves in with her uninvited. He expects sex and food on demand and comes to regard the right side of the bed as his private preserve. The film explores first the growing tensions of the affair and then the girl's gradual realization that her aspirations are simply those that a white world has imposed upon her. Drawn into the world of 'Africa' (and the realization of her own cultural background) and also one in which women are not mere chattels, looking for more chattels, she begins to see society more sharply.

"Burning an Illusion powerfully evokes young Black lifestyles in the London eighties. It wants to show what it's like to live in Britain now." - City Limits

DVD sale: $195
UK

African Film


FEVERS / FIEVRES

Fevers, winner of FESPACO - Africa's largest film festival - 2015 grand prize, the Golden Stallion is a French version of We Need to Talk About Kevin about a disturbed young man raised on foster care who enters his father's Muslim household in the suburbs of Paris and becomes a major source of disruption in the family. . More information here.

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Director: Hicham Ayouch
From: France/Morocco
Year: 2014- Minutes: 90 mins
Language : French with English Sub.
Genre: Drama




DVD sale: $345

African Film


FOREIGN BODY

Seeking refuge from her Islamist radical brother whom she informed on, a young woman arrives in France illegally following Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution and discovers a new world of both hope and danger, in the fourth feature from writer-director Raja Amari (Satin Rouge, Buried Secrets).
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Director: Raja Amari
From:France / Tunisia
Year: 2016- Minutes: 92 mins
Language : French and Arabic with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama



DVD sale: $395

African Film


The Glass Ceiling

Director: Yamina Benguigui
From: France
Year: 2004African Film Minutes: 90
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary


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.



video sale: $90
DVD sale: $195


African Film

GURUMBE: AFRO-ANDALUSIAN MEMORIES

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. But the truth is that, since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians to that art form. In Gurumbe, that story is finally told!
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Cell 512

Director: Angel Rosales
From: Spain/Mexico/Portugal/Senegal
Year: 2016- Minutes: 72 mins
Language : Spanish with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary
DVD sale: $395

African Film

Black Paris

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

A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century.
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Director: Annette von Wangenheim
From: Germany
Year: 2006- Minutes: 45
Language :English/French/German with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

African Film

Abdias do Nascimento

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THE NAKED POET

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.

Dir. Jason Barrett, 117 min, 2016, UK, Romantic Comedy Drama, English

DVD sale: $395


Director: Jason Barrett
From:UK
Year: 2016- Minutes: 117 mins
Language : English
Genre: Comedy Drama
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Names Live Nowhere -
Director: Dominique Loreau
From: Belgium
Year: 1994 - Minutes: 76
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: docu-drama

In this film, whose title is a Senegalese proverb, a griot (story teller) traveling from Dakar to Brussels weaves a tale about African expatriates and offers a candid look at the life of African immigrants in Belgium. With Sotigui Kouyate - a real life griot - as the story teller.
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DVD sale: $195
Belgium
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Night of Destiny -
Director: Abdelkrim Bahloul
From: France and Algeria
Year: 1997 - Minutes: 96
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: thriller

Sixty five years old Abdelkader Silimani, an Algerian Muslin living in France, after inadvertently witnessing a murder, closely escapes from the murderers by hiding out into a mosque. The black leather dressed masked murderers, with their firearms in hand, do not hesitate to enter the mosque full of praying men looking for the eyewitness. They leave empty handed but determined not to give up their search.

Detective Leclerc is assigned to the case. As he searches for the eyewitness who stays mute with fear, the detective slowly discovers the Northern Paris Muslim community and its traditions. For the first time, the French detective is exposed to the contradictions and challenges minority communities face as they struggle to live in a new culture with a different set of values and religious beliefs.


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DVD sale: $195
France and Algeria
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Otomo - directed by Frieder Schlaich
Director: Frieder Schlaich
From: Germany
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 84
Language: German with English subtitles
Genre: drama

A powerful film portraying institutionalized racism and police brutality, Otomo provides a convincing look at the everyday world of refugees, who are continuously surrounded by tension and insecurity. In the summer of 1989, a Stuttgart newspaper reported the true story of a West African asylum seeker who physically assaulted an intolerant subway ticket-taker; fled, and became the target of a city-wide manhunt. Otomo is a sober, fictionalized reconstruction of a tale that shocked Stuttgart, and a gripping portrait of how institutionalized racism drives a disempowered individual to violence and inhumanity.

West African immigrant Frederic Otomo (Isaach de Bankole) lacks the proper papers to be hired for the most menial of jobs; he has survived for eight years with the help of a Catholic charity. Otomo is the target of verbal abuse, is thrown out of his boarding house, and even scorned by neighborhood dogs. He feels and looks out of place. A stoic bubbling pot of wrath on the run, de Bankole's performance establishes Otomo's essence without words-language cannot express the gravity of his situation. As a ticking soundtrack counts down his fated minutes, Otomo is helped by a kind, aging hippie and her granddaughter, establishing the potential for an inclusive German society….if it is not too late...
Best Actress, Valenciennes Film Festival 2000

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DVD sale: $245
DVD also includes Bonus film Waalo Fendo: Where the Earth Freezes


African Film

PAPA'S SONG - directed by Sander Francken
Director: Sander Francken
From: Netherland/Curacao
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 95
Language: Dutch and Papamiento with English subtitles
Genre: romantic thriller

Papa's song is a drama of domestic tension and cross-cultural misunderstanding. Nico Verema (Rene van Asten), a decorous, somewhat gloomy Dutch magistrate, lives happily with his wife, Shirley (Roman Vrede), who is from Curacao. Shirley's two young nephews, in the Netherlands to escape a bad situation at home, complete the household.

Its atmosphere of calm bourgeois propriety is soon upended by the arrival of the boys' mother, Magda (Lisette Merenciana). Shirley and Magda relationship is very stormy: they careen from screaming recrimination to tearful tenderness. Nico tries to mediate and soothe, but when Shirley, who cannot bear children, demands that he impregnate her sister, the good judge finds himself entangled in an intergenerational, trans-Atlantic web of family dysfunction.

"Papa's Song" touches on a number of fascinating and difficult themes, including the state of race relations in the contemporary Netherlands. A. O. Scott, NY Times.


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DVD sale: $295
African Films
African Film

Playing Away -
Director: Horace Ove
From: Trinidad-Tobago/UK
Year: 1986 - Minutes: 100
Language: English
Genre: comedy

To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a West Indian cricket team from South London to a charity game.

“Not surprisingly, there's wariness on both sides. But Willie Boy (Norman Beaton), the proud, wryly philosophical captain of the Conquistadors, is intent on accepting the invitation. Meanwhile, the captain of the Sneddington Cricket Club, the innocent but overweeningly self-satisfied Derek (Nicholas Farell), is confident of a handy Sunday afternoon victory.

Obviously, the possibilities, both comic and serious, in this cultural exchange are endless, and the filmmakers seem not to have missed any of them. But, for all the film's abundant humor, Ove, said to be Britain's first black film maker, and the Oxford-educated Phillips, never let us forget that racial tensions lurk beneath the occasion's sure of good will. In the end, Playing Away’s pleasures are subtle and genuine.” - Los Angeles Times

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Trinidad-Tobago/UK

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The Story of Lovers Rock

Director: Menelik Shabazz
From: UK
Year: 2011- Minutes:96mins
Language : English
Genre: Musical Documentary



The STORY OF LOVERS ROCK is a feature length documentary that tells the story of an era and a music that defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 and Maxi Priest.


DVD sale: $295



African Film

 


Time and Judgement - A Diary of a 400 Year Exile
Director: Menelik Shabazz
From: UK
Year: 1988 - Minutes: 84
Language: English
Genre: English


Time and Judgement a Diary of a 400 Year Exile 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.

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DVD sale: $195

UK
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Waalo Fendo: Where The Earth Freezes
Director: Mohammed Soudani
From: Senegal / Switzerland
Year: 1998 African Film Minutes: 65
Language: Wolof with English subtitles
Genre: drama

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.



DVD sale: $245 DVD also includes film Otomo
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