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DVD's: Africa General

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Black Panther

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King T'Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from divisions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must join forces with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Wakandan Special Forces, to prevent Wakanda from being drawn into a world war.

Dollars and Dreams : West Africans in New York

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Focuses on the pursuits and challenges of numerous West African immigrants as they confront the facts of the American Dream and the reality of the New York experience. Economic achievements and entrepreneurship are shown as well as the difficulties Africans find in maintaing their culture and identity.

Children of Africa : they deserve a better future

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In 1991 the Children of Africa Foundation was formed to support the plight of children in Africa. In November 1991 a concert was held in Lagos, Nigeria to raise money for the organization. The video features many of the performers who participated, interspersed with footage of children in Africa as well as comments by African heads of state and various musicians.

Pray the devil back to hell

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Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a bloody civil war, violent warlords and the corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing peace to their country.

Thomas Sankara : the upright man

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A biography of Thomas Sankara, a charismatic army captain who became the first president of Burkina Faso after a popularly-supported coup. During his four years in office before being assassinated, he instituted a wide range of progressive social and economic reforms.

Kalushi : revolution is an act of love

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Solomon Mahlangu is a Mamelodi township schoolboy-hawker who, after the events of June 16th joins the military wing of the ANC to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime and ends up becoming an icon of South Africa's liberation.Kalushi is brutally beaten by the police. He goes into exile following the 1976 Soweto uprisings to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola, en route to their mission, his friend and comrade, Mondy, loses control and shoots two innocent people on Goch Street in Johannesburg. Mondy is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court, death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalizes him into a hero of the struggle and a national icon of the youth joining Umkhonto we Sizwe.

I am not a witch

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"When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision - whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom."

Samora Machel : son of Africa

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Life of Samora Machel, Mozambican revolutionary, commander of FRELIMO, the Mozambique Liberation Front, and first president of Mozambique after independence, told through interviews with Machel himself and others.

Gums & Noses

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A black comedy about a man working in the advertising industry who can't seem to get ahead because of his lack of inventiveness and creativity, until he discovers cocaine, thus beginning both his rise to the top, and his subsequent fall.

Darfur Diaries

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A brutally honest inside look into the current tragedy befalling the Darfur region. This film seeks to provide space for the victims of atrocities to speak and to engage with the world. Amnesty International will use the film to educate its members.

Ghosts of Rwanda

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Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors, this documentary examines the state-sponsored genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Explores the reasons why the international community and the United States did not intervene as Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Tutsis.

Jean Rouch and his camera in the heart of Africa

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This program provides an in-depth look at the film work of Jean Rouch and his associates from Niger who participated in production of many of Rouch's Niger-based films.

Imam and I : murder, myth and memory do not the Imam make

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"Londoner [Khalid] Shamis, son of a Libyan father and South African mother, finds little help in his search for identity. He returns to Cape Town on the trail of his famous grandfather, the influential 1960s Imam Abdullah Haron, and finds a mixed bag of prolonged cultural and political infighting. 

Hotel Rwanda

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The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.

Against all odds : a documentary

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"Contains original footage and material from an international conference held in 2000 in Asmara, Eritrea on African languages and linguistics"

When good men do nothing

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Documentary film that exposes the poverty and misery of the people living on the shores on Lake Victoria in Tanzania who are dependent upon fishing the Nile perch from the lake for their meager earnings. The fish are exported by air to Europe to be sold cheaply and the planes that arrive to transport the fish at first seem to arrive empty, but turn out to carry weapons to Africa and fish away.

Orange-Senqu artery of life : water and peace in southern Africa

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"Water shortage is one of humanity's greatest challenges. It comes into sharp focus through the real-world issues faced along the river named Orange in South Africa and Senqu in Lesotho.