A.B.C. Africa. Videorecording. MK2 Productions; a film by Abbas Kiarostami; New Yorker Films presents with Abbas Kiarostami and Marin Karmitz; cinematographer, Seifollah Samadian; editor, Abbas Kiarostami; narrators: Abbas Kiarostami, Seifollah Samadian. -- [United States]: New Yorker Video, .
About 139 minutes in length. In English and Farsi with English subtitles.
Other Title: Abbas Kiarostami, the art of living; Art of living. Originally released as a motion picture in 2001. Over the course of a 10-day visit to Uganda, Abbas Kiarostami uses his camera to capture and caress the faces of a thousand orphans, many whose parents died of AIDS. Alternately heartbreaking and optimistic.
Butler Media Reserves, DVD 3718 -or-3887
Acrobatics of dance: Sierra Leone National Dance Troupe Videorecording. Produced and directed by Merrill Brockway ; University of the State of New York ; WCBS-TV (Television station : New York, N.Y.). Camera three (Television program). -- [New York, N.Y. : Media Services, Barnard College Library, 1988?]
About 29 minutes in length.
The Sierra Leone National Dance Troupe performs and demonstrates dance techniques.
Acrobatics of dance
Barnard Media, VIDEO GV1713.S53 A3 1988g
Adanggaman. Videorecording. A production of I.M.T.M. Film (France), Amka Films (Suisse), Abyssa Film (Côte d'Ivoire), Direction de la Cinématographie Nationale (DNC) du Burkina Faso; executive producer, Tiziana Soudani; script, Jean-Marie Adiaffi, Roger Gnoan M'Bala, Bertin Akaffou; director Roger Gnoan M'Bala; director of photography, Mohammed Soudani; editor, Monika Goux; music, Lokua Kanza. -- [New York, N.Y.]: New Yorker Video, 2007.
About 85 minutes in length.
Ossei is a strong-willed young man who sets out to rescue his mother when their village is raided. His quest leads him to the stronghold of the dreaded King Adanggaman, an arrogant despot who thrives on the slave trade and uses fierce female warriors to enforce his power. One of these Amazons, herself a former slave, falls in love with Ossei, and they escape to the bush. [Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire]
Butler Media, DVD11072
Adwa, an African victory. Videorecording. A Negod Gwad Production in Co-Production with ZDF/ARTE; producer-director & editor, Haile Gerima; production manager, Solomon Bekele; director of cinematography, Agustin Cubano; sound, Albert Bailey; traditional music arranged by Mulatu Astatke. -- [Washington, DC]: Mypheduh Films, Inc. [distributor]; 2003.
About 97 minutes in length.
On March 2, 1896, the Italians embarked on the final European conquest of an African nation, Ethiopia. With brilliant military intelligence and gallant generals at the helm, united and willed, the Ethiopian people fought their way to triumph over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa. The event ignited a lasting flame of hope, of freedom and independence in the hearts of African throughout the world. Haile Gerima, the director and producer, joins the voices of Ethiopian historians, elders, priests, poets and singers, capturing on film the powerful education and experience that shaped his consciousness. In a collage of Ethiopian landscapes, paintings, photographs and faces, the film illuminates one of the hidden sources of African empowerment.
Adwa, an African victory
Butler Media Reserves, DVD6923
Africa. Videorecording. Written and presented by Basil Davidson ; directed by John Percival, Christopher Ralling, Andrew Harries, and Mick Csaky. -- Boston, MA: Home Vision, c1984.
Each episode is about 57 minutes in length.
Africa: Different but Equal
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 1
"For centuries Africa was ravished by the slave trade, which has distorted our view of its people. Davidson shows that Africa gave rise to some of the world's greatest civilizations."
Africa: Mastering a Continent
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 1
"Looking closely at three different communities, Davidson examines the way African peoples carve out an existence in an often hostile environment."
Africa: Caravans of Gold
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 2
"Davidson traces the roots of the medieval gold trade--which reached from Africa to India, China, and Italy--and examines its influence on the African continent."
Africa: Kings and Cities
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 2
"Kano, Nigeria, is one example of an African kingdom. There, a king still holds court in his 15th century palace and ancient rituals continue to command the respect of the people."
Africa: The Bible and the Gun
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 3
"The slave trade decimated the African population and tore the fabric of society. Then new kinds of interlopers came: explorers, missionaries, and Cecil Rhodes."
Africa: This Magnificent African Cake
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 3
"A 30-year 'scramble for Africa,' begun in the 1880s, dramatically changed the continent. Nearly all of Africa became subject to colonial rule until World War II."
Africa: The Rise of Nationalism
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 4
"Davidson charts Africa's struggle for independence, focusing on the final collapse of the White minority in Zimbabwe and on apartheid in South Africa."
Africa: The Legacy
Barnard Media & Butler Media Reserves, VIDEO DT20 .A3 1984, v. 4
"Davidson looks at Africa in the aftermath of colonial rule. Interviews with political leaders illuminate the problems and successes of Africa today."
Africa, a history denied. (Time-Life's Lost Civilizations) Videorecording. Produced by Time-Life Video and Television. -- Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Video and Television (distributor), c1995. Executive producer, Joel Westbrook ; series producer, Jason Williams ; producer, David Dugan ; coordinating producer, William Morgan. Sam Waterston, narrator. Filmed in Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
About 48 minutes in length.
A history of theories and white fantasies surrounding Great Zimbabwe and the gold trade in East Africa. Features on-screen comments by Peter Garlake, Stanlake Samkange, Michael Horton, and Ali A. Mazrui. The film reviews the theories of archaeologists--past and present. Actors are seen portraying: white adventurers and archaeologists; Great Zimbabwe priests, kings, and commoners; and, Swahili rulers and foreign traders. There are also several speculative "re-enactments" of rituals and dances performed at Great Zimbabwe. The film ends with some reflections on the bizarre "Lost City" amusement park in modern South Africa.
Time-Life's Lost Civilizations: Africa, A History
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT14 .A385 1995g
Africa, an introduction. Videorecording. BFA Educational Media ; written and produced by Wayne Mitchell. -- St. Louis, MO: Phoenix Learning Group, c1992. (*Originally produced in 1981.)
About 22 minutes in length.
"Explores Africa's diverse cultures and geographic features. Also examines the impact of modernization and urbanization on the African continent."
Africa, an introduction
Barnard Media, GF701 .A57 1992
Africa, a new look. Videorecording. International Film Foundation, Inc.; written and produced by Sam Bryan; narrated by Athmani Magoma. -- United States: The Foundation, c1981.
About 27 minutes in length.
Presents a sampling of the people of Africa today: teachers and students, politicians and artists, business people, farmers, fishermen, and factory workers. Includes scenes of primary schools and universities, commercial and family farms, religious services, and a political rally.
Africa, a new look (1981)
Barnard Media, DT30.5 .A33 1981
Africa come back: the popular music of West Africa. Videorecording. A Third Eye Productions, Ltd. for Channel Four in association with RM Arts; producer, Penny Corke; director, Geoffrey Haydon. -- Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, .
About 60 minutes in length.
Just as Africa has impacted the music of the Caribbean and the Americas, so has the New World reciprocated, strongly influencing the music of contemporary Africa. This program looks at the popular music scene in Ghana and West Africa documenting the history of musical genres such as hi-life, presenting the sounds of the palm wine guitar, the plangent harmonies of nnwonkoro, and the polyrhythms of kpanlogo.
Africa come back: the popular music of West Africa
Barnard Media, DVD ML3760 .A37 2003g
Africa: dispatches from a fragile continent: book review and interview with Blaine Harden. Videorecording. -- (S.l.): C-SPAN: Distributed by C-SPAN Archives at Purdue University, c1990.
About 60 minutes in length.
Africa, dispatches from a fragile continent -or- Blaine Harden, author
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO Z1035.A1 B66 90/10/01 and VIDEO Z1035.A1 B66 90/11/12
Africa--living with corruption. Videorecording. Directed by Elizabeth C. Jones; written by Sorious Samura; producer, George Waldrum. -- New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 2007.
About 52 minutes in length.
African journalist Sorious Samura reveals how corruption has become normal and accepted in Africa.
Africa--living with corruption
Butler Media Reserves, DVD6940
Africa: open for business. Videorecording. Producer/director, Carol Pineau. [S.l.]: Carol Pineau, c2006.
About 58 minutes in length. DVD format.
Profiles ten entrepreneurs from ten different African countries who tell their own stories about how they overcame obstacles to build successful businesses.
Africa: open for business (2006)
Butler Media Reserves, DVD 5440
Africa paradis = Africa paradise. Videorecording. Scénario, adaptation et dialogues, Pierre Sauvil; sur une idée originale de Sylvestre Amoussou; réalisé par Sylvestre Amoussou. -- Rosny-Sous-Bois, France: Tchoko Tchoko 7ème Art, 
About 86 minutes in length. In French, with English subtitles.
In the future, Europe declines after suffering acute economic and political crises, while a united Africa thrives. A French couple, Olivier, an engineer, and Pauline, a French instructor, decide to immigrate to the United States of Africa in search of a better life. Denied entry visas, they seek the services of a trafficker. From then on, their life is turned upside down as they experience life as illegal immigrants, victims of political exploitation who are unable to find decent employment. Plus, special features: "Making of" featurette, theatrical trailer, the film's premier in Abidjan, and a screening on Gorée Island off the coast of Senegal. [Africa]
Africa paradis = Africa paradise
Butler Media Reserves, DVD8186
Africa, search for common ground. Videorecording. A production of Common Ground Productions, The Media Peace Centre, Ubuntu Television and Film ; series producers, Jonathan S. Deull, Mark J. Kaplan. -- [Cape Town, South Africa]: Common Ground Productions, c1997.
Each program is about 26 minutes in length. The video programs are part of a television series profiling formal efforts by various African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Each of the films in the program is introduced by John Matshikiza and others from a television studio in Cape Town, South Africa.
Africa, search for common ground, Program 3: Rwanda & Burundi
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT450.435 .A375 1997
The first film in this program follows the efforts of the International Tribunal for Rwanda to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice, an arduous, complicated process which has not gone smoothly. The second film examines Rwanda and Burundi where hate radio has been used to incite ethnic violence. But now in Burundi, radio is also being utilized as a means of building understanding and promoting reconciliation.
Africa, search for common ground, Program 4: Mozambique & Angola
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT1182 .A375 1997
The two films presented in this program examine the results of civil war and the efforts made toward national reconciliation in Mozambique (Cleansing the past) and Angola (Rivers of fear).
Africa, search for common ground, Program 8: Mali & Lesotho
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO JQ1879.A15 A375 1997
The first film in this program reviews the events since the 1991 coup d'état in Mali, including an interview with Amadou Toumani Touré held in May 1997. The second film examines the social and environmental impact of the dam projects of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority and the role of the Lesotho Council of Non-governmental Organizations.
Africa, search for common ground, Program 9: S.A. between confession and prosecution
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO JQ1981 .S688 1997
The film presented in this program follows former policeman, Wouter Mentz, who has applied to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission for amnesty for the part he played in 21 politically motivated murders. Can the truth heal his wounds and those of his victims? We witness his testimony before the Commission, and his struggle to find a new life in the new South Africa.
Africa, search for common ground, Program 11: Algeria, the life and death of Algerian journalists
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO PN4748.A4 A375 1997
The film presented in this program examines the impact of the free press movement in Algeria ("Mouvement des journalistes algériens"), using archival footage recorded between 1988 and 1989 by Merzak Allouache.
Africa, search for common ground, Program 12: Three Women in Eritrea & Wangari Maathai in Kenya
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO JQ2945 .A91 A375 1997
The first film in this program highlights the wartime experiences of women in one Eritrean family in Asmara and the issue of women's rights in an independent Eritrea. The second film profiles Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt movement, a tree-planting campaign organized by women in Kenya. Maathai's place in Kenyan opposition politics is emphasized.
African art, women, history: the Luba people of central Africa. Videorecording. Created and produced by Linda Freeman ; executive producer, Lorraine E. Hall ; written and directed by David Irving; narrated by Dr. Mary Nooter Roberts ; editor, Tom Campbell; director of photography, Mike Harlow ; original music, Joshua Stone. African American artists series. -- Chappaqua, NY : L & S Video, c1998.
About 28 minutes in length.
In central Africa, as elsewhere, memory sustains the identity of a people. This documentary is about Luba art and the relationship between women art, politics, religion, and history. Using artifacts from a 1996 exhibition at the Museum for African Art in New York -- "Memory: Luba art and the making of history," as well as photos and color film footage, Mary Nooter Roberts discusses major aspects of Luba art, focussing on the Luba "lukasa" (memory board), other objects, and female body scarification.
African art, women, history:
the Luba people
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO N7397 K83 A37
The African Burial Ground: an American discovery. Videorecording. Written by Christopher Moore ; executive producer, J. Peter Glaws, III ; produced and directed by David Kutz ; produced by Kutz Television Inc. for the United States General Services Administration ; [narrators], Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis.
About 28 minutes for each videocassette, organized into 4 programs.
Explores the history and archeological excavation of a burial ground for African slaves discovered in lower Manhattan Island, New York, during construction of Federal office building in the summer of 1991. Relates also the effect of the discovery on undertstanding the role of Afro-Americans in colonial American life.
African Burial Ground, The
Barnard Media & Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO F128.9 .N3 A27 1994g
African dance: sand, drum and Shostakovich. Videorecording. Kinodance; producer & director: Ken Glazebrook, Alla Kovgan. -- Watertown, Mass.: Documentary Educational Resources, c2007.
About 70 minutes in length.
A documentary exploring African contemporary dance featuring eight modern dance companies from Africa, Europe and Canada, as well as interviews with dance historians. [Africa]
African dance: sand, drum and Shostakovich
Butler Media Reserves, DVD10529
African Jim, or Jim comes to Jo'burg. Videorecording. Produced by Warrior Films ; director, Donald Swanson ; producer, Eric Rutherford ; music performed by the African Inkspots and the Jazz Maniacs. South African cinema from the 'Fifties' -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Villon Films, 
About 60 minutes in length.
Originally filmed by Warrior Films of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1949; known in South Africa as the first all-black feature film. "Jim leaves rural South Africa to find work in Johannesburg and ends up finding romance and a successful career."
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO PN1997.A31162 1998g
African underground: Democracy in Dakar. Videorecording. Nomadic Wax and Sol Productions present ; an African Underground project ; director, Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, and Christopher Moore ; producer, Ben Herson ; camera, Magee McIlvaine [et al.] ; editor, Magee McIlvaine ; songs featured, all beats by Benny Beats/Nomadix Wax. -- Holderness, NH.: Sol Productions, 2007.
About 70 minutes in length. In French and Wolof, with English subtitles.
"Documents the role of Hip Hop in 2007 Senegalese elections. Rap music and Hip Hop culture really began to explode out of the streets and sprawling shanty-town suburbs of Dakar in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A response to decades of single party political rule with little attention paid to urban poverty, unemployment, crime, and corruption, emcees, graffiti writers, and DJ's used their music and spray cans to educate and empower each other."
African underground: Democracy in Dakar
Butler Media Reserves, DVD8147
The Africans, a triple heritage. Videorecording. A co-production of WETA-TV and BBC-TV ; produced by Peter Bates; written and presented by Ali A. Mazrui. -- Chicago, Ill.: Annenberg/CPB Project, c1986.
Each episode is about 60 minutes in length.
Africans: New Gods
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 1
"The roles of Christian missionaries, Western secularism, Muslim sects, Egyptian pharaohs, and native religions are discussed in visits to Senegal, Zaire, and Egypt."
Africans: Tools of Exploitation
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 2
"This program traces the colonial economic legacy, the development of slavery, and European control of Africa's natural resources, with special attention to the roles played by Belgium and Great Britain."
Africans: New Conflicts
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 3
"Urbanization, warrior traditions, European-created national boundaries, the Islamic jihad tradition, and nationalist movements are problems of Africa's post-colonial period, examined in this episode."
Africans: In Search of Stability
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 4
"In a continent where 70 coups have taken place in the last 25 years, the question of governing effectively is critical. This segment compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique, and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire."
Africans: The Nature of a Continent
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 5
"Geography's influence on history is the topic of this episode which explores the roles that water, desert, and equatorial climate have played in developing African culture and civilization."
Africans: A Legacy of Lifestyles
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 6
"What constitutes 'family' in African culture? This segment examines matrilineal, patrilineal, and polygamous traditions as well as the impact of modern cities on family ties."
Africans: A Garden of Eden in Decay?
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14 .A3753 1986g, Cassette 7
"More than 70 million Africans suffer from malnutrition while their countries export food to Europe. Economic and agricultural failures and successes are examined in Algeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe."
Africans: A Clash of Cultures
Barnard & Offiste [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14 .A3753 1986g, Cassette 8
"In every area of life -- dress, behavior, law, worship, and language -- Africans have a triple heritage ("traditional", Islamic, & "Western") that often sends conflicting signals. The African struggle to evolve new, effective, and essentially African ways of doing things is the topic of this episode."
Africans: Global Africa
Barnard & Offsite [Butler Media], VIDEO DT14.A3753 1986g, Cassette 9
"Africa's role in international politics and economics, from UN participation to cobalt production and the political crisis in South Africa, is the focus of this concluding episode. Other issues include the International Monetary Fund, food aid, and tourism."
Afrique, je te plumerai = Africa, I'm going to fleece you. Videorecording. Un film de Jean-Marie Teno; écrit, produit réalisé et raconté par Jean-Marie Teno. Library of African cinema series. Filmed in Cameroon. French dialogue; English subtitles.
About 88 minutes in length.
"A compelling and sardonic essay on the history of colonialism in Cameroon, and by extension, on the African continent. Focuses on historical as well as contemporary European cultural domination, particularly in the publishing and media industry."
Afrique, je te plumerai
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5210
Barnard Media, DVD DT572 .A37 1992h
Barnard, VIDEO DT572 .A37 1992g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00074
Again the second time. Videorecording. Director, Micha Shagrir; produced for United Jewish Appeal and Keren Hayesod United Israel Appeal by Communications Division Jewish Agency for Israel and WZO Department of Information; producers, Avi Armoza, Allen Pakes. -- Teaneck, N.J.: Ergo Home Video, c1991.
About 19 minutes in length.
Chronicles Operation Solomon; the May, 1991 36-hour emergency airlift of 14,200 Ethiopian Jews from Addis Ababa to Israel. [Ethiopia]
Again the second time
Barnard Media: VIDEO DS135.E75 A32 1991g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01611
Aimé Césaire : a voice for history = une voix pour l'histoire. Videorecording. Saligna and So On presents ; executive producer, Jean-Lou Monthieux ; directed by Euzhan Palcy ; concept, Euzhan Palcy, Annick Thébia-Melsan ; cameraman, Jean-Michael Destang ; editing, Catherine Chauchan, Annie Lemeisle. [s.l.] : JMJ Productions, 2006.
About 160 minutes on 3 discs. In French, with English subtitles.
A biography in three parts of the Martinican writer who is considered as one of key figures in the Negritude and Pan-Africanist movements and in the development of Francophone literature in the 20th century.
Contents: Pt 1. The vigilant island = L'ile veilleuse ; pt 2. Where the edges of conquest meet = Au rendez-vous de la conquête ; pt 3. The strength to face tomorrow = La force de regarder demain.
Aimé Césaire: a voice for history
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5494, parts 1-3
Barnard Media, VIDEO PQ3949.C44 Z52 1994g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00898
Ainsi meurent les anges. Videorecording. M. sa Productions et L'Institut national de l'audiovisuel (France) présentent un film écrit et réalisé par Moussa Sene Absa; producteur délégué, Moussa Sene Absa; music, Aminata Naar Fall; editing, Pascale Chavance, Josette Peyrebonne. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, c2001.
About 57 minutes in length. In French and Wolof, with English subtitles. VHS format
Originally produced in 2001. "Mory [is] a troubled Senegalese poet living outside Paris with his French wife and their children. We watch his marriage fall apart under cross cultural pressures, specifically his father’s demand that he take a second wife in Senegal. Homeless in winter, separated from his children, his poems scattered over a Paris street, Mory returns to Senegal, penniless and with uncertain prospects. At the same time, black-and-white sequences reveal the psychological origins of Mory’s present malaise."
Ainsi meurent les anges
Offiste [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES 00530
Alagba--a water spirit masquerade and Chief chief! Videorecording. Directed and edited by Jane Thorburn; narrated by Sokari Douglas Camp; advisor, Robin Horton; camera and sound, Jane Thorburn, Mark Lucas. -- London : After Image, Ltd, c1995.
About 73 minutes in length. In English and Ijo language, with English subtitles.
Contents: Alagba: a water spirit masquerade (41 min.) -- Chief Chief! (32 min.). In the first of these two films, Sokari Douglas Camp, a Nigerian woman sculptor who lives in London, explores her family's cultural roots through participation in the 1994 masquerade festivals of the Kalabari of southeastern Nigeria. The religious, artistic, and other cultural aspects of the Kalabari masquerade are examined in detail, with live scenes from the festivals at Buguma, near Port Harcourt, and interviews with the historian Robin Horton and other members of the all-male Ekine Society. In the second film, Camp's two brothers are installed as Kalabari chiefs in 1994 at Buguma. The history of chiefs and the ceremonies are discussed by Horton and others. The Douglas family preparations and parts of the installation ceremonies are featured.
Alagba & Chief Chief!
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT515.45 .I35 A43 1995g
Alan Paton's beloved country. Videorecording. Director, Catherine Meyburgh. -- Vancouver, B.C. : Villon Films, 
About 54 minutes in length.
A documentary film on the South African author.
Alan Paton's beloved country
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES 01177
Allah Tantou = A la grace de Dieu = God's will. Un film écrit et réalisé par David Achkar. Library of African cinema. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1991.
About 62 minutes in length. In French and Soussou, with English subtitles.
Through home movies, old newsreels, letters and fictional reconstruction of imprisonment, this film examines the life of Marof Achkar, the filmmaker's father, a diplomat under the Sekou Touré regime, who later disappeared into the Guinean gulag. The film re-evaluates the turbulent decade of African independence and discusses its relevance to the new political order on the continent.
Barnard Media, VIDEO DT543.822 .A42 1991g
Allister Haddon Sparks, author: The mind of South Africa: book review. Videorecording. -- (S.l.): C-SPAN: Distributed by C-SPAN Archives at Purdue University, c1990.
About 60 minutes in length.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], Z1035.A1 B66 05/01/90
Amandla!: a revolution in four-part harmony. Videorecording/DVD. Kwela Productions in association with Bomb Films, HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films, The Ford Foundation and the South African Broadcasting Corporation ; producers, Desirée Markgraaff, Lee Hirsh, Sherry Simpson Dean ; director, Lee Hirsh ; cinematographers, Clive Sacke, Ivan Leathers, Brand Jordaan ; editor, Johanna Demetrakas. -- Santa Monica, Calif.: Artisan Home Entertainment, , c2002.
About 103 minutes in length.
Features: Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu. "Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritual dimension named for the Xhosa word for 'power'. An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph."
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01412
Butler Media Reserves, DVD10877 and DVD2150
The ancient Africans. Videorecording. Directed and photographed by Sam Bryan ; presented by Julien Bryan and the International Film Foundation ; narrators, Athmani Magoma, Edmund Lyndeck. -- New York, NY: International Film Foundation, 199-? . Originally produced as a motion picture in 1970.
About 27 minutes in length.
Animated drawings, maps, and pictures of art objects from six museums are intercut with location photography of the Kush and Axum areas to show life today in the ancient Sudanic kingdoms and in Benin. Includes scenes of the stone walls of Zimbabwe.
The ancient Africans
Barnard Media, VIDEO DT14 .A6 1990g
Angano, angano: nouvelles de Madagascar. Par Marie-Clemence et César Paes ; direction de production, Marie-Clemence Blanc-Paes ; réalisation, César Paes. Library of African cinema. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, c1989.
About 64 minutes in length. In Malagasy and French, with English subtitles.
Venerable, contemporary storytellers recount the founding myths of Malagasy culture: the creation of man and woman, the origin of rice cultivation, the reason for animal sacrifice. The tales flow into and out of stunning scene of Malagasy life which give birth to the stories and which they in turn explain.
Barnard Media, VIDEO GR360.M2 A6 1989
Arlit, deuxième Paris = Arlit, the second Paris Videorecording. Coproduced by MKJ Films and Noble Films; written and directed by Idrissou Mora Kpai; co-writer, Isabelle Boni-Claverie; photography, Jacques Besse; music, Groupe Ferdewass d'Arlit, Amadou Sariki Nomma; editor, Vera Memmi. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2005.
About 78 minutes in length. In French, Bariba, Hausa and Tamazight with English subtitles.
Arlit, Deuxième Paris is a case study in migration and environmental racism set in an uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25,000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs. It has now become a ghost town, a place of transit. [Niger]
Arlit, deuxième Paris = Arlit, the second Paris
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5326
The art of Viyé Diba: the intelligent hand. Videorecording. A production of Arts in Action Society, Vancouver, Canada & SudProd Senvision, Dakar, Se´ne´gal; director, Claudine Pommier. -- Vancouver, B.C.: Arts in Action Society; Dakar, Sénégal: SudProd Senvision, c2003.
About 52 minutes in length. In French with subtitles in English.
"Viyé Diba, a Senegalese artist living in Dakar, says himself that he is not an African artist, but a modern artist living in Africa. His work has evolved from small format painting to 3 dimensional works to increasingly large metaphorical installations. His artistic discourse goes beyond a mere aesthetic expression. Whether it delves into the mysteries of communication, or raises environmental, social or political questions through the use of raw and recycled materials, Viyé's work explores the vital role of art and cannot be ignored"--Container.
The art of Viyé Diba: the intelligent hand
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5629
Asante market women. Videorecording. Granada Television International; produced & directed by Claudia Milne; editor, Andy Sumner, Miriam Margoyles. -- New York, N.Y.: Filmakers Library, 1982.
About 52 minutes in length.
Examines the matrilineal and polygamous Asante society of Ghana through interviews with women, who exercise complete authority in the wholes ale produce market, and with their husbands and their relationships, the practical problems they confront, and the various solutions they embrace. [Ghana]
Asante market women
Barnard Media, VIDEO DT507 .A725 1982g
The Ashanti kingdom. Videorecording. A presentaton of Films for the Humanities & Sciences ; Image Sud Nord ; directed by N'Gouan Ano Steve. -- Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities, c1992.
14 minutes only.
African Studies: The Ashanti Kingdom
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO 00767
Asmara, Eritrea. Videorecording. A film by Anonymous Productions; directed by Caterina Borelli; editor, Aline Hervé; camera, Caterina Borellli. -- [United States?]: Anonymous Productions, c2007.
About 63 minutes in length.
Butler Media Reserves, DVD6376
Atlantico negro: na rota dos Orixás = Black Atlantic: on the Orixás route. Videorecording. Documentário de Renato Barbieri; idealização e realização Instituto Itaú Cultural Videografia; director, Renato Barbieri; director of photography, Carlos André Zalasik; editor, Saulo Lanounier; narrator, João Acaiabe. -- New York, N.Y.: Filmakers Library, [2003?]
About 55 minutes in length.
"The waters of the Atlantic brought the slaves from Africa to Brazil, their bodies in chains but their souls still tied to mother Africa. This Brazilian-made film takes us to both shores, to how spiritual life, dance and song came with the captive people and took root in the new soil. Among the many traditions were the language and gods of Yoruba and Jejes from the Republic of Benin. Today, when Brazilians revisit Africa, they teach the Africans the culture that these descendants of slaves keep alive in Brazil. The documentary is a testimony to some of the ironies of the diaspora." [Brazil-Benin]
Atlantico negro: na rota dos Orixás = Black Atlantic: on the Orixás route
Butler Media Reserves, DVD9056
Atumpan, the talking drums of Ghana. Videorecording. Mantle Hood; Institute of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles in cooperation with African Studies Center, UCLA; School of Music and Drama, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana; filmed and recorded by Mantle Hood.
About 43 minutes in length.
"Documentary about West African ceremonial drums. Explains the different uses for each drum and who may use them as well as showing how they are made. Also shown are some of the dances performed to the beat of the drums."
Atumpan, the talking drums of Ghana
Music VIDEO VC276
Baara. Videorecording. Cissé Films; director, Souleymane Cissé. -- Paris: Médiathèque des trois mondes, [1999?]
About 90 minutes in length. In Bambara and French.
Originally produced in 1978. A baara is a man who earns his living transporting goods in his wheelbarrow. This baara is hired to work in a textile factory in Mali, where the boss exploits and oppresses the workers. This results in an uprising and fatality.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES03886
Bahia, Africa in the Americas. Videorecording. Produced, written and translated by Geovanni Brewer. -- Berkeley, CA.: University of California, Extension Media Center, 1988.
About 58 minutes in length.
The central roles of music and dance in Afro-Brazilian religions, including Umbanda.
Bahia, Africa in the Americas
Music VIDEO VC 226
A Bamako, les femmes sont belles. Videorecording. Un film de Christiane Succab-Goldman ; présenté par La Sept ARTE-ISKRA ; image, Pierre Boffety ; son, Michel Faure ; musique, Mamadou Diabate et al. -- Arcueil, France : ISKRA ; Vancouver, B.C. : Distributed by Villon Films, c1995.
About 65 minutes in length. In French, Bambara, and other African languages, with English subtitles.
In Bamako, the capital of Mali, West Africa, women of various social backgrounds discuss their memories of the past and their lives in the present. The politics of gender, marriage, education, development, human rights, and female circumcision in urban and rural Mali are all highlighted. Seydou Keita, the well-known Malian photographer, displays some of his older black and white portraits of Malian women as a complement to some of the stories that the women tell.
A Bamako, les femmes sont belles
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO HQ1813.5 .A3 1995g
Bamako. Videorecording. New Yorker Films presents an Abderrahmane Sissako film, an Archipel 33, Chinguitty Film, Mali Images, Arte France co-production in association with Louverture Films; produced by Denis Freyd and Abderrahmane Sissako; written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; director of photography, Jacques Besse; editor, Nadia Ben Rachid; costumes, Maji-da Abdi; production designer, Mahamadou Kouyaté. -- [New York] : New Yorker Video, 2007.
About 117 minutes in length; in French and Bambara, with English subtitles.
Special features: Interview with director Abderrahmane Sissako; interview with Danny Glover; comments from economists, scholars and activists; theatrical trailer. "Melé, a bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka are on the verge of breaking up. In the courtyard of the house they share with other families in Bamako, the capital city of Mali, African civil society representatives have taken proceedings against such international financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, whom they blame for Africa's woes. As numerous trial witnesses air bracing indictments against the multinational economic machinery that haunts them, life in the courtyard presses forward."
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7355 and DVD7959
Bamako sigi-kan = Bamako's pact. Videorecording. K'a Yéléma Productions; a film by Manthia Diawara; camera, Arthur Jafa; editor, France Langlois. -- [S.l. s.n.], c2002.
About 72 minutes in length.
"This original documentary shot by Arthur Jafa brings a new look to the modern African city and enables a better understanding from the inside of how democracy takes root in Mali. Discover how politics in the city and in everyday life is lived in a changing society still inscribed within tradition as the men and women of Bamako tell their own stories." [Mali]
Bamako sigi-kan = Bamako's pact
Butler Media Reserves, DVD10797
The Bambara kingdom of Segu. Videorecording. Presented Films for the Humanities & Sciences; Images Sud-Nord.
-- Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities, c1992.
About 19 minutes in length.
This short film presents a brief history of the Bambara people of West Africa in a concise narrative style, featuring illustrations, photos, and live footage. The narrative focuses on the Bambara involvement in the slave trade and the survival of Bambara culture in the modern country of Mali. [Mali]
The Bambara kingdom of Segu
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00685
Battle of Algiers. Videorecording. Story and sceenplay, Franco Solinas and Gillo Pontecorvo; edited by Mario Serandrei and Mario Morra; produced by Antonio Musi; directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. -- New York, N.Y. : Axon Video Corporation, 1988.
About 125 minutes in length. French and Arabic dialogue, English subtitles.
"A dramatic re-enactment of Algeria's fight for independence From France, covering the period from 1954-1962."
Battle of Algiers, The
Barnard Media, VIDEO DT295 .B37 1988
Beauty and the beast: two Igbo masquerades. Videorecording. Camera and narration, Herbert M. Cole; producer, Karen Morell; technical director, Jim Pease; research assisted by Alexander Attah; (presented by) University of Washington. African encounters. -- Seattle: Instructional Media Services, University of Washington, , c1985.
About 31 minutes in length.
Two masquerades, an Ekeleke and an Okoroshi festival, videotaped in the Igbo village-group of Agwa, Nigeria. Research in 1983. On this copy, there is no narration until near the end of the film.
Beauty and the beast: two Igbo masquerades
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT515.45 .I33 B43 1991
Belonging. Videorecording. Producers, Khetiwe Ngcobo, Renée Williams; director, Minky Schlesinger and Khetiwe Ngcobo. -- [San Francisco, Calif.]: California Newsreel, .
About 52 minutes in length. In English and Zulu with English subtitles.
"Born into exile as the daughter of political e´migre´s, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now ten years later, Kethiwe, a hip, young woman with a British accent finds herself struggling to find her place in the new South Africa. Hoping to reconcile the warring strands of her identity, Khetiwe seeks healing in her Zulu traditions. At the same time, her sister refuses to participate in any ceremonies as meaningless rituals. Khetiwe is not alone in her journey to find belonging. The country is also in the process of finding itself. This is a personal and honest look at one person's quest for identity"--Container.
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7321
Between Joyce and remembrance. Videorecording. A film by Mark Kaplan. -- [Cape Town] : Grey Matter Media, 2004.
About 68 minutes in length.
This documentary tells the story of the Mtimkulu family, stretching back over two decades. Through the unfolding of personal narratives, this film raises far reaching questions about the nature of truth, forgiveness and reconciliation. It illustrates the ripple effect of an injustice, the disappearance and murder of Siphiwo Mtimkulu, twenty years ago to show how fragile the 'miracle' of South Africa's transition really is.
Between Joyce and remembrance
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7704
Between two fires: torture and displacement in Northern Uganda. Videorecording. Presented by WITNESS and Human Rights Focus; directors, Francis Odongyoo, Stephen Lamony; producers, Francis Odongyoo, Hakima Abbas. -- [Brooklyn, NY]: WITNESS, 2006.
About 14 minutes in length.
Through the personal stories of IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) torture survivors, Between Two Fires advocates for official acknowledgment of abuses, redress for torture survivors, and the strengthening of national mechanisms to end the use of torture. [Uganda]
Between two fires: torture and displacement in Northern Uganda
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7806
Black and white in color. Videorecording. A production of Home Vision Entertainment and Janus Films; producers, Arthur Cohn, Jacques Perrin, Giorgio Silagni; screenplay writers, Georges Conchon, Jean-Jacques Annaud; director, Jean-Jacques Annaud; cinematographer, Claude Agostini; editors, Franc¸oise Bonnot, Michele Böehm; original music, Pierre Bachelet. -- Chicago, IL: Home Vision Entertainment, 2003.
About 92 minutes in length. French, German and English dialogue, English subtitles.
An irrepressible and timely satire on racism, colonialism, and war. Set in the Ivory Coast during the First World War, a group of French colonials learn that their country is at war with Germany. Spurred on by a capricious moment of patriotism, the Frenchmen decide to attack their German neighbors who reside in a colony up the river.
Black and white in color
Butler Media Reserves, DVD1861
Black Dju!. Videorecording. Une production presentent Jani Thiltges & Claude Waringo ; une coproduction Samsa Film (Luxembourg), Saga Film (Belgique), RTBF (Television belge), Vermedia (Portugal) ; direction, Pol Cruchten ; direction de production, Françoise Vercheval ; scénario, Frank Feitler ; musique, Andre Mergenthaler ; image, Daniel Barrau ; montage, Denise Vindevogel. -- New York, NY : ArtMattan Productions, 1995.
About 80 minutes in length. In Portuguese and French with English subtitles.
Videocassette release of the motion picture made in 1995. Cast includes: Manu Dibango, Richard Courcet, Patrick Flora-Praxo, Adama Kouyaie, Philippe Leotard, Cesaria Evora. 'From the sun of the Cape Verde Islands, its a very big step to rainy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey Dju Dele Dibonga takes to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. Dju has to face overzealous immigration cops and an outraged police lieutenant who eventually joins in the hunt, becoming Dju's partner in this tale of love and friendship.'
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO PN1997 .B575 1995g
Black girl = La noire de... Videorecording. Filmi Domirev Dakar; d'après une nouvelle de Ousmane Sembene; photography, Christian Lacoste; editor, André Gaudier. Plus, Borom sarret = The wagoner. Un film de Ousmane Sembene. -- [United States]: New Yorker Video, 2005.
About 80 minutes in length. In French, with optional English subtitles.
See also: Borom sarret below.
DVD release of the 1965 and 1964 motion pictures. See also: New Yorker videocassette version. 1. In La noire de ..., a Senegalese maid goes to the Riviera with her employers and gains a new perspective on what it means to be African outside of Africa. A story of exile and despair. Cast: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinck, Momar Nar Sene, Robert Fontaine. 2. In Borom Sarret, the film follows a cart driver as he meets an unfortunate array of people in Dakar. Cast: Ly Abdoulaye, Albourah.
Black girl = La noire de... [+ Borom sarret]
Barnard Media, DVD PN1997 .N657 2005g
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5190
Black girl (1965)
Barnard Media, VIDEO PN1997 .N657 1965g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01613
Black gold. Videorecording. Presented by Speak-it Films in association with Fulcrum Productions; filmed, directed, and produced by Marc Francis & Nick Francis; executive producer, Christopher Hird; editor, Hugh Williams; musical score, Andreas Kapsalis. -- [San Francisco?]: California Newsreel, c2007.
About 78 minutes in length.
After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to "wake up and smell the coffee," to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it. [Ethiopia]
Butler Media Reserves, DVD6836
Black history in the early church. Videorecording. Film by Catherine Kroeger. -- [Minneapolis, MN]: Christians for Biblical Equality, c2005.
About 111 minutes in length.
Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger, President of Christians for Biblical Equality, delivers two lectures illustrated by slides. The first lecture describes the highly developed civilization of Nubia, how these black people intermingled with the Israelites and surrounding nations, and black persons mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. The second lecture introduces the prominent Africans in early church history. Both lectures make the point that Africans brought the gospel to Europe.
Black history in the early church
Burke [UTS] LC Stacks, DVD BS680.B48 B53 2005g
Black Paris. Videorecording. A production of SBS-TV. -- New York, NY: Distributed by Insight Media, 2002.
About 30 minutes in length. In French and English.
Explores the influence of African culture in France on fashion, cuisine and music.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES03496
Blood and sand: war in the Sahara. A report by Sharon I. Sopher. Videorecording. Produced & directed by Sharon I. Sopher ; written by Sharon Sopher, Peter Kinoy. A production of Developing News, Inc. and the Television Laboratory at WNET/Thirteen. -- New York, NY : Sharon Sopher Productions, c1982.
About 52 minutes in length.
"The film provides the first Western coverage of the war in the Western Sahara. Morocco is trying to maintain its occupation despite the opposition of local people (although many of them have fled to refugee camps in Algeria) and the disruption of the Moroccan economy. The United States has supported Morocco diplomatically and with arms sales during the Carter and Reagan administrations despite human rights concerns and the support for the Western Sahara inhabitants by many other countries."
Blood and Sand: War in the Sahara
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00684
Boesman & Lena. Videorecording. Kino International, Pathe Image Production and Primedia Pictures ; producers, François Ivernel, Pierre Rissient ; written and directory by John Berry ; cinematographer, Alain Choquart ; editor, Jeanne Moutard. -- New York : Kino International : [distributor] Kino on Video, , c1999.
About 84 minutes in length.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1999 and based on the Athol Fugard play "Boesman & Lena". Examines the devastating effects of racism on the human spirit through the progress of one couple's life together under Apartheid, as they are pushed from the bucolic Eden of South African farmlands into a makeshift shelter on the mudflats near Cape Town. Cast includes: Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Willie Jonah.
Boesman & Lena
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES02219 and MPDVD01422
Boma-Tervuren, le voyage. Videorecording. Director, Francis Dujardin. -- New York : ArtMattan Productions, 1999.
About 54 minutes in length. A documentary in French with English subtitles.
The film revisits the extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 Congolese men and women brought to Brussels for the 1897 World's Fair. After a four month journey, 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 some even lost their lives. The dead were hastily dispatched to a common grave, sparking a fierce debate in Belgian society. One hundred years later, Congolese compatriots return to the scene and question the "Whites" of today on the incredible story of that 'human zoo'."
Boma-Tervuren, le voyage
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES 00598
Bopha! = Arrest! Videorecording. Produced and directed by Daniel Riesenfeld ; camera, Roger Harrid, Brian Tilly ; narrator, Sidney Poitier. -- Vancouver, Canada: Villon Films, [c1991]
About 59 minutes in length.
Originally produced by DJR in 1986. "The Earth Players production of Percy Mtwa's Bopha! was produced at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa." Cast includes: Aubrey Moalosi, Aubrey Redebe, Sydney Khumalo. Bopha! depicts South Africa's dreaded black police force, the tool of apartheid. Through the play the audience sees the reality and effects of South Africa's apartheid. This film includes live footage of the black force in action.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], MPDVD01418 and VIDEORES00607
Born musicians: traditional music from the Gambia. Videorecording. A production of Third Eye Productions, Ltd. for Channel Four in association with RM Arts; producer, Penny Corke; director, Geoffrey Haydon; Commentary and interviews by Sidia Jatta; photography, Roger Deakins. -- Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 
About 60 minutes in length. In Mandinka and English with English subtitles.
Focuses on the professional musicians of the West African Savannah and in particular on the Mandinka music of the Gambia.
Born musicians: traditional music from the Gambia
Barnard Media, DVD ML3760 .B67 2003g
Borom sarret = The wagoner. Videorecording. Un film de Sembene Ousmane ; director and writer, Sembene Ousmane ; photographer, Christian Lacoste ; editor, Andre. Gaudier. -- [New York] : Released by New Yorker Films, [2000?]
About 20 minutes in length. VHS format. In Wolof and French with English subtitles.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963. A cart-taxi driver goes to the city of Dakar to earn a living. Working for free out of sympathy for other poverty-stricken people, and taken advantage of by a dishonest city-dweller, he loses first his money and then his cart.
See also: Black girl = La noire de... + Borom sarret above.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01636
The boys of Baraka. Videorecording. A production of Loki Films, LLC, for the Independent Television Service, in association with P.O.V./American Documentary, Inc.; director, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; cinematographers, Marco Franzoni, Tony Hardmon; editor, Enat Sidi; original music, J.J. McGeehan. -- [San Francisco, CA.]: Act Now Productions; [Los Angeles, CA.]: Ironweed Film Club, .
About 84 minutes in length.
Follows a group of 12-year-old boys from the most violent ghettos of Baltimore to the Baraka School, an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, where children live by strict guidelines, yet are given the freedom to grow.
The boys of Baraka
Barnard Media, DVD HV9069 .B697 2006g
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5390 and DVD5537
Bunny Chow: know thyself. Videorecording. A production of MTV Films & Dog Pack/DV8 Films/Film i Va¨st, SABC2; producers, Kagiso Lediga, Isaac Kaminsky, Leanne Callanan; director, John Barker; editor, Sakie Bergh; cinematographer, Zeno Petersen; original music composed by Joel Assaizky; story by David Kibuuka, John Barker, Joey Rasdien, Salah Sabiti; written by John Barker, David Kibuuka. -- Wendywood, South Africa: Ster-Kinekor Home Entertainment, c2007.
About 94 minutes in length.
"Bunny Chow follows the raucous and often ridiculous weekend journey of three stand up comedians. Egos run high and careers are at stake as Kags, an arrogant womaniser, Joey, a devout yet conflicted Muslim and Dave, a somewhat innocent and naive "dishwasher" with dreams of making it big on the comedy scene, embark on a road trip to Oppikoppi, South Africa's biggest annual rock festival. The trio slip out of their normal lives for a few dusty and increasingly absurd days with hopes of mass debauchery, drugs, rampant sex, true love and conquering the rock stages with their comedy, but they get a bit more than they bargained for."
Bunny Chow: know thyself
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7560
Ça twiste à Poponguine. Videorecording. Une coproduction Cámeras Continentales, France 2, RTS ; un film de Moussa Sene Absa ; director of photography, Dominique Gentil ; editor, Rose Evans-Decraene ; music, Madou Diabate. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, c1993.
About 90 minutes in length. In French with English subtitles.
A coming of age story set in a remote Senegalese beachside village during the week before Christmas, 1964, where the local teenage boys are divided into rival cultural camps. The "Ins" ("Inseparables") style themselves after French pop stars, attend school, have all the girls--but no record player. Their rivals, the "Kings," style themselves after African-American blues legends, they work as fishermen, don't have any girls--but they do have a record player.
Ça twiste à Poponguine
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES 00531
Amilcar Cabral. Videorecording. A film by Ana Ramos Lisboa. -- New York, N.Y.: ArtMattan Productions, 2001.
About 52 minutes in length.
"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." [Guinea-Bissau]
Butler Media Reserves, DVD11087
Camp de Thiaroye. Videorecording. Société nouvelle de promotion cinématographique ; scenario, dialogue et réalisation, Sembène Ousmane, Thierno Faty Sow ; director, Papawongue Mbengue. (Director of photography, Ismail Lakhdar Hamina ; editor, Kahena Attia-Riveill ; music, Ismail Lô.) -- New York: New Yorker Films Video (Distributor), c1998.
About 152 minutes in length. In French and Wolof, with English subtitles.
A dramatization of a historical event. "African soldiers, returning home after fighting in World War II, are massacred in a dispute over pay."
Camp de Thiaroye
Barnard Media: VIDEO PN1997 .C355 1988g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00150
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7961
Carnet d'expulsions de Saint-Bernard à Bamako & Kayes. Videorecording. Un film réalisé par Philippe Baque, Arlette Girardot. -- France: L'yeux ouverts, c1997.
About 54 minutes in length. In French, with some interviews in an unidentified African language with French subtitles.
A documentary on the expulsion of undocumented Africans from the Church Saint-Bernard in Paris. The undocumented Africans are interviewed about their experience and their lives after their return to their country of origin, Mali.
Carnet d'expulsions de Saint-Bernard à Bamako & Kayes
Barnard Media: VIDEO JV7925 .C37 1997g
Ceddo. Videorecording. A production of Filmi Doomi Reew; writer & director Sembe`ne Ousmane; cinematography, Georges Caristan ... [et al.]; editing, Florence Eymon, Dominique Blain; music, Manu Dibango. -- [S.l.]: Me´diathe`que des trois mondes, [2002?]
About 121 minutes in length. In Wolof with French subtitles.
An historical epic set loosely in 17th century western Africa, the film examines the confrontation between opposing forces in the face of Moslem expansion in Africa.
Barnard Media, DVD PN1997 .C433 2002g
Butler Media Reserves, DVD in process
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES03421
Changing this country: the testimony of four South African workers. Produced by the International Labour Organisation. -- Washington, DC: ILO, 1988.
About 58 minutes in length.
COSATU and South African women workers are the main focus of this film.
Changing this country
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES00642
La chasse au lion à l'arc. Videorecording. Presented by Pierre Braunberger ; Films de la Pleïade ; a film by Jean Rouch ; cinematography, Lisa Hagstrand ; editors, Isabelle Rathery, Timothy Miller. -- [New York?]: Interama Video Classics, c1965.
About 68 minutes in length. In Fula, with English voiceover.
An ethnographic study of the Fulani people, nomads who live with their herds on the boundaries of Niger and Mali and the Gao people, lion hunters who use bow and arrow to kill their prey.
--See also: Jean Rouch collection (2005)
La chasse au lion à l'arc
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01498
Chef! ; La tête dans les nuages. Videorecording. Deux films du Raphia ; filmé, produit et réalisé par Jean-Marie Teno. -- [San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel ; 1999]
"Chef!" is about 61 minutes in length.
"La tête dans les nuages" is about 35 minutes in length.
Both films are in French with English subtitles.
In "Chef!", the director visits his ancestral village in western Cameroon to film the dedication of a monument to his relative, the local king, when he realizes that the celebration is also for President Paul Biya and his party. The film then explores, through interviews, the problems of one-man rule, from the village to the city, focussing on a variety of human rights issues.
"La tete" (originally produced in 1994) examines the impact of an unaccountable government and economic mismanagement on the people of Yaoundé.
Chef! et La tête dans les nuages
Barnard and Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO JQ3529.A15 C44 1999
Children of the revolution. Videorecording. Producer, David Max Brown; director, Zola Maseko. -- [South Africa]: Maxi-D TV Productions; Johannesburg: Film Resource Unit, c2002.
About 52 minutes in length.
In 1990, while in exile in Tanzania, Zola Maseko, interviewed a number of fellow South African exiles. Twelve years after his return to South Africa, Maseko tracks down the exiles. This documentary tells of their lives in a democratic South Africa.
Children of the revolution
Butler Media Reserves, DVD5914
Chinua Achebe: Africa's voice. Videorecording. A Trident Communications production. Written and directed by David Akinde ; producers, David Akinde, Cyril Ibe ; editor, David Akinde ; narrated by Marshall Bean ; interviewer, Cyril Ibe. -- Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c1999.
About 61 minutes in length.
This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart. Vital concepts indigenous to the Ibos of southeastern Nigeria such as oral culture, reincarnation, and negotiation concepts essential to a deep understanding of the novel are also presented.
Barnard Media VIDEO PR9387.9.A3 Z463 1999g
Chinua Achebe: the importance of stories. Videorecording. A video by Cambiz A. Khosravi. Narrated by Michelle Willingham and John R. Le Fever. -- New York: Cinema Guild, c1996.
About 57 minutes in length.
An interview with the first great African novelist writing in English, the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. He discusses his personal views as an African and how his identity has shaped his writing.
the importance of stories
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO PR9387.9.A3 Z464 1996
Chocolat. Videorecording. Alain Belmondo et Gérard Crosnier ; Marin Karmitz, MK2 ; un film de Claire Denis ; co-producers, Cinémanuel, MK2 Productions, Cerito Films, La S.E.P.T., Caroline Productions, Le F.O.D.I.C. Cameroun, Wim Wenders Produktion Berlin, TFI Films Production ; director, Claire Denis ; writer, Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau ; music, Abdullah Ibrahim ; director of photography, Robert Alazraki. -- [New York] : Orion Home Video, , c1988.
About 105 minutes in length. In French, with English subtitles.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989. The cast includes: Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankole, François Cluzet, Cecile Ducasse, Mireille Perrier. A young woman returns to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES02087
Barnard Media, DVD PN1997.C463 2001g and VIDEO DT571.F73 C4 1988g
Cinderella of the Cape Flats. Videorecording. A production of Trinity Productions and SABC 1; producer, Penny Gaines; director by Jane Kennedy; co-producer, Jane Kennedy; editor, Susan Korda; camera, Chris Lotz and Jane Kennedy; original music, Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. -- [San Francisco, CA]: California Newsreel, .
About 58 minutes in length. English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
"Everyday the working class Coloured women in the garment industry of the windswept flats around Cape Town toil anonymously to make clothes so that other women will look beautiful. Invariably they cannot afford these garments themselves. But for one day a year they come out in all their glory at the Annual Spring Queen pageant. The pageant is created by the workers and their trade union to bring their families together for an evening of solidarity and fun. After working for weeks on glamorous costumes which one will be queen for a day? Set against the preparation for the 2003 pageant, this film explores the lives of working women and celebrates them as creators of beauty. Although the end of apartheid has not taken away the drudgery of repetitive factory labor, this pageant shows working class women inventing their own lively folk culture"--Container.
Cinderella of the Cape Flats
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7322
City of dreams. Videorecording. Produced and directed by Ruby Ofori, Edward Scott; editors, Ruby Ofori, Edward Scott. -- New York, NY: Distributed by the Cinema Guild, c2005.
About 52 minutes in length.
A tour of the city of Asmara, Eritrea, which has a wealth of rationalist architecture as a result of its colonization by Italy during the early 20th century. The architect Naigzy Gebremedhin looks at the mixed legacy of his city's built environment, which is both a source of pride for the Asmarinos and a constant reminder of a period of colonial subjugation and segregation. [Eritrea]
City of dreams
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES02110
The city that kills Somalians. Videorecording. A Riaan Hendricks film; director, Riaan Hendricks; producers, Lungeleni Zondi, Riaan Hendricks; principal photography, Riaan Hendricks; editor, Riaan Hendricks; music composed by Ben Amato ... [et al.]. -- Cape Town: Young Lion Films, c2007.
About 48 minutes in length.
The film shows scenes of life in Cape Town. A number of people were filmed, mainly on the streets of the city. [South Africa]
The city that kills Somalians
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7688
Clando = Clandestine. Videorecording. Un film de Jean-Marie Teno ; produit et realise par Jean-Marie Teno. Library of African cinema. -- San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, c1996. Letterbox format. In French, with English subtitles.
About 96 minutes in length.
Sobgui, a former computer programmer, drives a "clando" cab in Douala, Cameroon's streets. He is clandestine, not just because his cab is unlicensed, but because he is hiding from his past. When a radical political group involves him a revenge slaying of an informer, Sobgui knows that it is time to get out of Douala. He gets his chance when he is asked to find a wealthy villager's son in Germany. The film represents a dilemma facing educated Africans: whether to work to change the autocratic regimes at home or seek their fortunes abroad. Cast: Paulin Fodouop, Caroline Redl.
Barnard Media, VIDEO PN1997 .C55 1996g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES01403
Chronicle of a genocide foretold. Videorecording. Written and directed by Daniele Lacourse, Yvan Patry ; produced by Alter-Cine, Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada ; executive producers, Don Haig, Yvan Patry ; camera, William Turnley ; editing, Nick Hector ; sound, Stephane Poulin. -- New York, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, 1996.
About 141 minutes in length (in three parts). In French, English, and Kinyarwanda, with English translation and subtitles.
"Fifty years after the Holocaust, the world allowed another genocide to occur. In April 1994, the international community, including the United States, sat by and watched as 800,000 people (mostly Tutsi) were massacred. Today, Rwanda remains torn by ethnic killings. This three- part documentary features film diaries and commentary from Rwandan survivors and activists (including Andre Sibomana, priest and journalist), a Belgian UN peacekeeper, and Alison Des Forges, historian."
Chronicle of a genocide foretold
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO DT450.435 .C65 1996g
Cobra Verde. Videorecording. Produced by Lucki Stipetić; Buch and Regie Werner Herzog; editor, Maximiliane Mainka; music, Popol Vuh; director of photography, Victor Ruzicka. -- Troy, MI: Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2000.
About 110 minutes in length.
Francisco Manoel da Silva, 19th century, gun-toting Brazilian bandit known as the Cobra Verde, is unknowingly hired by the owner of a sugar plantation to keep his slaves in check, but instead, the Cobra manages to sleep with the landowner's daughters and impregnate them. In revenge, the owner sends the Cobra on a dangerous mission to sail to the West coast of Africa and reopen the slave trade, and the Cobra wages war with a local tribal king.
Butler Media, DVD9195
Butler Media Reserves, DVD0972
Colobane express. Videorecording. Un film de Khady Sylla ; photography, Yves Monteil ; ArtMattan Productions. -- New York, NY: ArtMattan Productions, 1999.
About 52 minutes in length. In Wolof with English subtitles. VHS format.
A reportage of the personal experience of public transportation in Dakar, Senegal. It presents much of the daily life of the average people and the inadequacies of public transportation.
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES 03348
Come back, Africa. Videorecording. Written by Lionel Rogosin, with Lewis Nkosi, William Modisane ; produced and directed by Lionel Rogosin ; photography, Ernst Artaria, Emil Knebel ; edited by Karl Lerner. South African cinema from the 'Fifties'. -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Villon Films, [between 1990 and 1999]
About 81 minutes in length.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1959. American filmmaker, Lionel Rogosin, teams up with African writers in South Africa to secretly produce an anti-apartheid docudrama. The story centers around Zachariah, an African migrant who comes to Johannesburg in search of work. As a black worker without a permit, Zachariah is subject to arbitrary dismissal and sudden arrest by the white authorities, as well as the violence of the black township. The film explores life in and around Sophiatown, including scenes in a bar or "shebeen".
Come back, Africa
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEO PN1997 .C663 1990z
Confessions of a gambler. Videorecording. A Riempie Productions and Rogue Star Films production in association with SABC 2; based on the novel by Rayda Jacobs; screenplay by Rayda Jacobs; produced by Ross Garland; producer, Zaheer Bhyat; directed by Rayda Jacobs; director of principal photography, Amanda Lane; director of photography, Jon Kovel; editor, Ronelle Loots; original music, Ghalik Jacobs and Muriel Marco. -- [Rosebank, Johannesburg: Distributed by Nu Metro Home Entertainment, 2008]
About 88 minutes in length.
In Cape Town, a devout Muslim mother of grown children becomes addicted to gambling. Soon, this intelligent and independent woman has lost everything and finds herself with mounting debts and a dangerous involvement with gangsters. At the same time, she is involved in a love triangle with her own married sister, who develops cancer. Based on a true story. [South Africa]
Confessions of a gambler
Butler Media Reserves, DVD7574
From Congo to Zaire. Videorecording. Presented by Belgavox; Script, Frédéric Tadino; director, Oliver Moser; editor, Marie Couplet; original music, Alec Mansion; narrator, John Boyle. -- New York, N.Y.: Filmaker's Library, c2001.
About 52 minutes in length.
Documents how the legacy of colonialism affected modern Congo after being granted its independence from Belgium in 1960, led first by Patrice Lumumba, then by General Mobutu for thirty years. [DR Congo]
From Congo to Zaire
Butler Media Reserves, DVD10649
Consequences. Videorecording. Written and produced by John Riber; executive producer, Steve Smith; director, Olley Maruma. -- Columbia, MD: DSR, Inc., 1988.
About 54 minutes in length.
A Zimbabwean high-school student's plans for her future are drastically changed when she becomes pregnant. [Zimbabwe]
Barnard Media, VIDEO PN1997 .C657 1988g
Offsite [Butler Media Reserves], VIDEORES02418
Consuming hunger. Videorecording. A Maryknoll World/Tamouz co-production in association with Channel Four; producer, Freke Vuijst and Ilan Ziv; director, Ilan Ziv; narrator, Trey Wilson. -- Maryknoll, NY: Maryknoll World Productions, c1987.
About 87 minutes in length.
Just as the Vietnam conflict was a "television war", the starvation in Ethiopia was a "television famine". Our thoughts and feelings about it and responses to it have been completely shaped by television images. This series analyzes how these images became our reality." Pt. 1 asks why it took so long for Western television to cover the famine in Ethiopia. Pt. 2 examines what was done with the famine story, including use of celebrities, for-profit commercials based on the situation, the Live Aid fundraising, and some Africans' criticism of Western coverage. Pt. 3 focuses on the moral obligation of the media to present the truth. It looks, in particular, at Hands Across America, to benefit the homeless and hungry in America, as a media event. [Ethiopia]
Barnard Media, VIDEO PN1992.6 .C655 1987g
Courting justice. Videorecording. Created by Ruth B. Cowan ; director, Jane Thandi Lipman; producer, Bridget Pickering, Neil Brandt; Luna Films; director of photography, Manu Lapiere; editor, Dara Kell; music, Philip Miller.
-- New York : Distributed by Women Make Movies, 
About 54 minutes in length. In English and Xhosa, with English subtitles.
Originally produced as a documentary film by Luna Films in 2008. "This film illustrates how the new constitution in post-apartheid South Africa partially lived up to its goals of promoting justice and human rights. Essential to keeping these promises, indeed mandated by the constitution, is a diverse judiciary -- one that includes women. By 2008, 18 percent of the superior court judges were women."
Butler Media Reserves, DVD13108
The cows of Dolo Ken Paye: resolving conflict among the Kpelle Videorecording. Script and narration by James L. Gibbs, Jr. -- St Louis, MO: Phoenix Learning Group, 199-?
About 30 minutes in length.
Originally filmed in 1970. In Fokwele, Liberia, a town in transition to modern ways, conflicts arise because of differing life styles. Many old customs of the Kpelle are still alive, but are complicated by new economic practices and social structures. Cattle divide the town into two classes: the rich cattle owners, the poorer rice farmers, whose crops are often marauded by the cattle and who in turn attack the cows. In this film, such an incident is followed through the proceedings of justice in the community. See also, "Dolo Ken Paye's people go to the movies".
Cows of Dolo Ken Paye
Barnard Media, VIDEO GN655.L5 C6 1990
Crossroads. Videorecording. A film by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk. -- New York, NY: First Run/Icarus Films, 1996.
About 55 minutes in length. With English subtitles.
"The location is a crossing of roads leading from Uganda into Tanzania and from Kenya via Rwanda to Zaire. Some years ago, Mama Shillingi started her "hotelli" at the crossroads. She offered food and shelter to truck drivers. Until, in 1994, thousands of dead bodies came floating down the nearby Kagera river. Shortly thereafter, the refugees came across the border. Within a few days, half a million people had settled there. Around a hamlet of four houses, a boom town arose called Benaco."
Barnard Media, VIDEO HV640.5 .R95 C76 1996g