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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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France and Algeria
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100 DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Abdias do Nascimento

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ABDIAS DO NASCIMENTO

Loving and revealing documentary about Afro-Brazilian scholar/writer/activist /politician Abdias do Nascimento (1914-2011), a significant figure in and leader of Brazil’s Black movement who founded the Black Experimental Theater in 1944 and was very active in the international Pan-African Movement.
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Director:Aida Marques
From:Brazil
Year: 2011- Minutes: 95 mins
Language : Portuguese with English Sub.
Genre: Documentary

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Aboliçao - Director: Sozimo Bulbul
From: Brazil
Year: 1988 - Minutes: 150
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles
Genre: documentary

Aboliçao is a startling look at the racial situation of Black Brazilians in contemporary Brazil. The director asks the following question to Black Brazilians from diverse walks of life -- musicians, politicians, activists, people in government, ambassadors, social workers, sport stars, actors, street kids, farmers, etc… -- “We are celebrating 100 years since the abolition of slavery in Brazil, what does the abolition of slavery mean to you?”… Divided in sections addressing political, economic, social and cultural issues, Aboliçao contributed to a new analysis of the Black experience in Brazil. An indispensable title to have in a library for the study of the Black presence in Latin America.


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

Aces is the story of a young man who fights against the battering of his mother by his drunken father. The situation escalates until Ace desperately stabs his father to death, and is sent to jail for a period of 15 years. Nine years later he is out on parole. He kills again within a day's time of his release.
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Afro-Latino Music
This two-disc set showcases the influence and importance of African sounds, rhythms, and beats to the music of Latin America.

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SONS OF BENKOS / LOS HIJOS DE BENKOS
(Lucas Silva, Colombia, 2003, 52 mins.)
Sons of Benkos shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over generations while exploring the presence of African culture in Colombia. The title pays homage to Benkos, an important black leader in the fight for freedom during the era of slavery in Colombia. The title "Sons of Benkos" suggests the ongoing struggle for the recognition of African influences on Colombia's artistic heritage.

HANDS OF GOD / LAS MANOS DE DIOS
(Las Manos de Dios, Delia Ackerman, Peru, 2004, 54 mins.)

Hands of God
tells the story of Peruvian percussionist Julio "Chocolate" Algendones, a legendary musician famous for his speed and dexterity on drums. Mixing traditional African influences with contemporary jazz, Algendones composed, taught, and performed musical styles all over the world. "The stunning dexterity and mastery of famous Afro-Peruvian percussionist Julio 'Chocolate' Algendones are on display in this affectionate documentary [Hands of God] about the great master" (Allaboutjazz.com). In Spanish with English subtitles.

Lucas Silva/Delia Ackerman---Colombia/Peru---2003/2004---106 mins.



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Aleijadinho, Passion, Glory and Torment
Director: Geraldo Santos Pereira
From: Brazil
Year: 2001 African Film Minutes: 100
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: drama

Set in 19th century Brazil - at a time when slavery was still at the foundation of the Latin American economy - this fascinating historical drama is loosely based on the life of Black sculptor Antonio Francisco Lisboa "Aleijadinho," one of the greatest sculptors of Latin America.

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Almacita, Sould of Desolato - directed by Felix De Rooy
Director: Felix De Rooy
From: Curacao
Year: 1986 African Film Minutes: 100
Language: Papamientu with English subtitles
Genre: drama

Based on old legends, the film depicts a fictional agricultural community in an isolated part of Curaçao at the turn of the century. The central theme of the film is the struggle between creative and destructive forces.

In the village of Desolato, Solem, the priestess protects the villagers from Alma Sola, the symbol of evil, the patriarch of the "shons", the white landowners. Alma Sola has the power to transform into male, female or animal and always strikes when vigilance of Desolato weakens.

Solem has sacrificed her fertility for the welfare of the community. Therefore she is not allowed to have a relationship with a man. Her longing for physical love provides Alma Sola with an opportunity to lead her stray.


Paul Robeson Prize for Best Diaspora Film, FESPACO 1991
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AlukuLiba

ALUKU LIBA:
MAROON AGAIN

Director: Nicolas Jolliet
From:Canada/French Guiana/Suriname
Year: 2009- Minutes: 90 mins
Language : Aluku with English Sub.
Genre: Docu-Drama


A rare docu-drama about the Aluku or Boni, a Maroon ethnic group living mainly on the riverbank in Maripasoula, southwest French Guiana.

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Almodou - directed by Amadou
Director: Amadou
From: Senegal
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 85
Language: Wolof/French
Genre: Comedy

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

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Amilcar Cabral

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


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

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


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Arugba


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

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

 

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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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Ava and Gabriel - directed by Felix de Rooy
Director: Felix de Rooy
From: Holland/Curacao
Year: 1990 African Film Minutes: 100
Language: Dutch and Papamientu w/ English subtitles
Genre: drama

The story takes place on the island of Curacao in the late Forties.Upon request of Father Fidelius, parish priest of St. Anna's, the Surinam painter Gabriel Goedbloed arrives from Holland to paint a mural of the Virgin Mary in St. Anna's Church. The drama unfolds from different angles. First the clergy and locals are confused by the fact that the painter is black, originating from Surinam, but resettled in The Hague, where he received a Fine Art education.

The close knit Antillian society did not welcome strangers who would not conform to their colonial way of life in those days. Contributing factors arise when he chooses a young teacher, Miss Ava Recordina, who is from mixed origin, to be his model for the painting of the Virgin Mary. Ava is engaged to the white police major Carlos Zarius who is not too happy with his fiancé posing for the painter.

The fact that the Dutch Governor's wife, Louise van Hansschot, is interested in Gabriel also fuels the tension. In the end, Gabriel Goedbloed falls victim to the controversies, hypocrisies and intrigues that have arisen around his person and his paintings.


Jury Prize, Festival International de Cine Latino Americano, Havana Cuba, 1990
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BEZNESS - directed by Nouri Bouzid
Director: Nouri Bouzid
From: Tunisia
Year: 1992 African Film Minutes: 100
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama

"Bezness" takes place in one of Tunisia's beautiful coastline tourist cities. it tells the contemporary story of a young man trapped between Arab tradition and prostitution. Through this young man who dreams of escape, the Director, Nouri Bouzid, criticizes both the restrictions associated with what he calls "the hypocrisy of Islam" and the European ruling on Arab society.
Official selection, Cannes 1992
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The Big Banana

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

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

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Black Dju -
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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Cape Verde and Luxembourg
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Borders
Director: Mostefa Djadjam
From: France/Algeria
Year: 2002 African Film Minutes: 102
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama


Seven Africans, one woman and six men, decide to enter Europe clandestinely to start a new life. Together, they face dangers and obstacles, but as they get closer to Tangiers, the last stop before they reach Spain and "liberty", their inter-group solidarity starts to fall apart.

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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?"
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Burning an Illusion -
Director: Menelik Shabazz
From: UK
Year: 1981 - Minutes: 107
Language: English
Genre: drama

A young British woman comes of age questioning her middle-class aspirations and security through marriage. Her realization of her status both in her personal relationship and within a racist society gradually leads her to political enlightenment and the possibility of responding to the problems and pressures she encounters.

 

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Candombe -
Director: Rafael Deugenio
From: Uruguay
Year: 1993 - Minutes: 16
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: docu-drama

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.

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Catch a Fire -
Director: Menelik Shabaz
From: Jamaica and UK
Year: 1995 - Minutes: 30
Language: English
Genre: docu-drama

Catch a Fire tells the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcom X. 30 years after the end of slavery in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 provoked outrage in Victorian Britain shaping race and land attitudes. The story is constructed using extensive interviews with Paul Bogle's grand son as well as archive material.

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Cape Verde My Love


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


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

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

 


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

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How to Conquer America in One Night

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

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

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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 , 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.


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

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

FESPACO 1997, Competition. Winner Best Short.
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DANY LAFERRIERE:
Films from a Poet's Imagination

The mystery and wonder of modern-day Haiti come alive in this two-film set based on the work of writer-director Dany Laferriere with the two films How to Conquer America in One Night (96 mins) and On the Verge of a Fever (88 mins).

Dany Laferriere

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HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA IN ONE NIGHT / COMMENT CONQUERIR L'AMERIQUE EN UNE NUIT

Newly arrived in Montréal, and determined to conquer North America by charming blonde-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.

ON THE VERGE OF A FEVER / LE GOUT DES JEUNES FILLES

Against a backdrop of poverty, fear, and the brutal dictatorship of Haiti in 1971, ON THE VERGE OF A FEVER (Le Gout des Jeunes Filles) tells the story of Fanfan, a 15-year-old boy who wants to experience life for himself with his streetwise friend Gégé. Having lived a sheltered life with his overprotective mother, Fanfan experiences a bizarre, terrifying incident with Haiti’s secret police, the Tonton-Macoute. He decides to hide out at the house of his beautiful neighbors. There, he is trapped between his fear of getting caught and his desire to fulfill his deepest fantasy. This colorful drama is based on Haitian novelist Dany Lafèrriere’s Le Gout de Jeunes Filles.

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Daratt / Dry Season


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

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

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Denying Brazil - directed by Joel Zito Araujo
Director: Joel Zito Araujo
From: Brazil
Year: 2000 African Film Minutes: 92
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

A documentary film about the taboos, stereotypes, and struggles of Black actors in Brazilian television "soaps." Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention to their likely influence on Black people's identity-forming processes.

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THE DESERT ARK - directed by Mohamed Chouikh
Director: Mohamed Chouikh
From: Algeria
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 90
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Epic Drama

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

Best Image, FESPACO 1999

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


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Desiree - directed by Felix de Rooy
Director: Felix de Rooy
From: Netherland/USA
Year: 1984 African Film Minutes: 96
Language: English subtitles
Genre: drama

Set in Brooklyn, New York this Dutch film is based on a true story that appeared on a New York newspaper in 1980.

Desirée lives in the past. A series of flashbacks expose us to her psychologically troubled childhood very much affected by a promiscous mother. Her present life evolves around three people: her employer Mrs. Resnick, Freddy, her lover and Father Siego, leader of the church "The True Confessors".

Desirée's relationship with each one of these characters is at the origin of her falling apart. Freddy is an insecure black man who finishes their love affair with a sad note, Father Siego is the leader of a rigid narrow-minded religious sect and Mrs Resnick is a racist, prejudiced white woman who feels black people are inferior and incapable of living their own live.

Rejected by all because of her pregnancy, Desirée blames her child as the source of evil. She is then possessed by evil and wants to exorcise it. The only way is to get rid of her daughter...


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The Exception and the Rule - Joel Zito Araujo
Director: Joel Zito Araujo
From: Brazil
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 38
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

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.

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