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Fallen Angels Paradise - directed by Ossama Fawzi
Director: Ossama Fawzi
From: Egypt
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 80
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: dramatic comedy

A homeless man dies of an overdose in a popular Cairo neighborhood. He was once an ideal husband and represented security for his family. Then one day, everything changed. Upon his death his friends from the underworld drag the corpse around for a whole night of madness, drinking and hallucinating situations. A game with death where the dead man becomes more alive than the living and fallen angels live according to their own rules, laws and desires in the chaos of the Egyptian capital. The film is based on a famous short story written by the Brazilian writer Jorge Amado.

Best Director and Best Actor, festival of Egyptian Cinema 2000
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Family Motel

Director:
Helene Klodawsky
From: Canada
Year: 2007 Minutes: 88
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Family Motel

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Raising teenaged daughters is not easy, especially for Ayan, a Somalian refugee living in Canada who also supports a husband and two sons left behind in Somalia. Living in her small Vancouver apartment with her daughters -- Nasrah, 17, and Leila, 15 -- Ayan is trying to keep everything together, but is evicted from her apartment for late payment. Because Ayan is unable to afford the soaring rents on her two service jobs, and the Canadian social services are unable to assist in placing her, she and her two daughters must move into a Family Motel. Ayan keeps her faith and dignity throughout these challenging times and, with great fortitude, strives to make the best of her difficult situation. Further drama ensues when Nasrah and Leila begin to rebel against their mother and start developing close relationships with the neighbors, who present characteristics quite different from what Ayan, a devout Muslim, is accustomed to.
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Faraw!  Mother of the Dunes -
Director: Abbdoulaye Ascofaré
From: Mali
Year: 1997 - Minutes: 90
Language: Songhoï with English subtitles
Genre: drama

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…

Best Actress, FESPACO 1997
International Critics Week, 1997 Cannes Film Festival

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Mali

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Filling the Gap

FILLING THE GAP

USA, 2010, 83 min, docu-drama, English, TyroneYoung, dir

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Conceived as an effort to alter the way African-American children see themselves and their ancestors, this docu-drama highlights the inventive and inspired contributions of African-Americans in the 1840s, the period leading to the Civil War in American History.

Developed in collaboration with Florida-based historian Mary Fears to produce a historically accurate portrayal of the brave, compelling lives of African American skilled craftsmen, artists, inventors, and Union spies, the film is certain to enthrall young audiences with this overlooked facet of history.

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FLMKR -
Director: John Carstarphen
From: USA
Year: 1999 - Minutes: 89
Language: English
Genre: satirical comedy

A provocative digital feature that dares to probe the question: What the f*ck is going on in American filmmaking? FLMKR is a quirky, comic thriller, which traces the odyssey of independent filmmaker Veronica Davidson, as professional setbacks are amplified by personal betrayals; then she realizes something more sinister has taken over the film industry in America. FLMKR explores the agonies of film making, from personal compromises, to the concessions required of an entertainment-addicted society. All seen through the eyes of one paranoid filmmaker, living and working in the heart of the “conspiracy capitol of the world”, Dallas, Texas.


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How to Conquer America in One Night

Director: Cheikh Djemai
From: Martinique/France/Algeria/Tunisia
Year: 2001African Film Minutes: 52
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary

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.


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In 2-disc DVD African Leaders with Amilcar Cabral

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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 serie of sometimes very emotional first-hand accounts of discrimination againt mostly black and North African Arab who are trying to find jobs. The documentary offers poingnant and reveiling accounts of discrimination faced by these full-fledged French citizens who are also children of immigrant parents.



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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.
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Aleijadinho, Passion, Glory and Torment

Director: Leonardo Ricagni
From: Uruguay
Year: 2005African Film Minutes: 100
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: drama

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.

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DVD bonus film: Candombe
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Great African Films Vol 1

Director:Abbdoulaye Ascofaré (Faraw!) & Drissa Toure (Haramuya)
From:Mali (Faraw!), Burkina Faso and France (Haramuya)
Year:1997 (Faraw!), 1995 (Haramuya)African Film
Minutes: 90 (Faraw!), 87 (Haramuya)
Language:Songhoï with English subtitles (Faraw!), French with English subtitles (Haramuya)
Genre: Drama (Faraw!), Comedy (Haramuya)


GREAT AFRICAN FILMS - VOL 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 sprawling 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.

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DVD entitled GREAT AFRICAN FILMS - VOL 1 - includes feature films Faraw, Mother of the Dunes and Haramuya
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Gulpilil: One Red Blood
Director: Darlene Johnson
From: Australia
Year: 2003 African Film Minutes: 56
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

Gulpilil: One Red Blood
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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.

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DVD also includes feature film The Tracker
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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.

FESPACO 1995, official selection Cannes 1995 "Un Certain Regard"
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Homecoming
Director: Norman Maake
From: South Africa
Year: 2005African Film Minutes: 90
Language: English
Genre: Fiction

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).


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How to Conquer America in One Night

Director: Dany Laferriere
From: Canada/Haiti
Year: 2004 African Film Minutes: 96
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Romantic Comedy

 

Recipient of Zenith Prize (Best First Fiction Feature), Montreal World Film Festival 2004

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.

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Human Behavior -
Director: Flavio Leandro
From: Brazil
Year: 1995 - Minutes: 12
Language: silent
Genre: drama


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.

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Jacques Roumain:
Passion for a Country


Director: Arnold Antonin
From: Haiti
Year:2008 Minutes: 111
Language:Creole and French with English subtitles
Genre: Historical Documentary

WINNER Paul Robeson Award FESPACO 2009. Official selection, African Diaspora Film Festival 2008.


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.


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The Journey of the Lion -
Director: Fritz Baumann
From: Jamaica and Germany
Year: 1992 - Minutes: 90
Language: English
Genre: docu-drama

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.

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Jamaica and Germany
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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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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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Road to Accra

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Kukurantumi:
The Road to Accra

Director: King Ampaw
From: Ghana
Year: 1983 Minutes: 95
Country: Ghana
Language: English
Main Cast: George Wilson

In a routine melodrama 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.
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La Playa D.C.


Director:
Juan Andres Arango Garcia
From:
Colombia / Brazil / France
Year:
2012- Minutes:90mins
Language :
Spanish with English Subtitles
Genre:
Drama


Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closer friend disappear, Tomas is forced to leave his home to look for him.

Josephine Baker
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Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2012.

 


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LA ULTIMA RUMBA DE PAPA MONTERO (THE LAST RUMBA OF PAPA MONTERO) - directed by Octavio Cortazar
Director: Octavio Cortazar
From: Martinique/Cuba
Year: 1992 African Film Minutes: 52
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: docu-drama

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.

DVD sale: $295 Part of 2-set DVD Afro-Cuba: Yesterday and Today which also includes Sara Gomez: An Afro-Cuban Filmmaker.
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Looking for Life - directed by Claudette Coulanges
Director: Claudette Coulanges
From: Haiti/Germany
Year: 1999 African Film Minutes: 60
Language: Creole and French with English subtitles
Genre: documentary

Looking for Life introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The former makes lunches in a factory yard in Port-au-Prince and sells her meals to the factory workers; the latter is employed in the same factory as a production worker making pullovers and T-shirts. Every day she buys her midday meal on credit from Anne-Rose. Through the connection between these two women the film shows part of their daily work and the constant battle for survival that they lead together with other women in Haiti. Going beyond this, however the film demonstrates the extent to which the importation of North American goods has brought about the collapse of Haitian regional production and ruined Haiti's economy. The connection between the two topics of the film reveals the significant role that Haitian women of today play in an economy that has been bled dry.
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