Guide to African Cinema

Films featured in Sharon A. Russell's book Guide to African Cinema, in alphabetical order. http://www.amazon.ca/Guide-African-Cinema-Sharon-Russell/dp/0313296219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330743642&sr=1-1
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1.
Afrique, je te plumerai (1992 Documentary)
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A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa. (88 mins.)
 
2.
Allah Tantou (1992 Documentary)
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Filmmaker David Achkar searches for his father, Marof Achkar, who was sent to the notorious Camp Boiro prison in 1969 for treason. (62 mins.)
Director: David Achkar
 
3.
Angano... Angano... Tales from Madagascar (1989 Documentary)
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Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture. (64 mins.)
 
4.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
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In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
5.
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
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In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home. (157 mins.)
 
6.
Ceddo (1977)
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The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity... (120 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
7.
Dilemma (1962)
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Around 1960, Englishman Toby Hood comes to Johannesburg in order to run a publishing company. He is open minded, and befriends people with different social ranks. The harsh realities of society force him to make a choice as to friendships. (89 mins.)
Director: Henning Carlsen
 
8.
Emitaï (1971)
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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray. (103 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
9.
Everyone's Child (1996)
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Two teens, Tamari and Itai, are impoverished following the death of their parents when their uncle takes their plow which they need to feed themselves... (90 mins.)
 
10.
Fary l'anesse (1990 Short Film)
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A man in the pursuit of the "perfect" woman, ends up with something quite different than what he bargained for. (17 mins.)
 
11.
Women with Open Eyes (1994 Documentary)
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Portraits of contemporary African women from four West African nations: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. (52 mins.)
 
12.
Finzan (1989)
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Two women rebel against the traditions of a village society. (107 mins.)
 
13.
Le franc (1994 Short Film)
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A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes... (46 mins.)
 
14.
Gito, l'ingrat (1992)
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Gito is a young African intellectual returning home from France with numerous academic degrees and ministerial ambitions... (90 mins.)
Director: Léonce Ngabo
 
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Guelwaar (1992)
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Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor... (115 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
18.
Hyenas (1992)
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A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's... (110 mins.)
 
19.
The Line (1994 TV Movie)
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A young ANC activist and poet from Soweto is the sole witness to a brutal train massacre by an Inkathia militant. (150 mins.)
Director: Brian Tilley
 
20.
Jit (1990)
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A young African man must try every trick in the book in this attempts to win the heart of the most beautiful girl in his village. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Raeburn
 
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Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1990 Documentary)
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Documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961. (69 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
 
23.
Neria (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A classic African film that has struck a nerve that runs across the continent, with an original soundtrack and supporting performance by Zimbabwe's legendary World Music sensation, Oliver Mtukudzi. (103 mins.)
Director: Godwin Mawuru
 
24.
Black Girl (1966)
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A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France. (65 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
25.
Picc mi (1992 Short Film)
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(20 mins.)
 
26.
Quartier Mozart (1992)
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(80 mins.)
 
27.
Ramparts of Clay (1970)
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In an Algerian village, the workers of a salt mine go on strike because of low wages. The owner calls the army to control the men, but a young woman cuts off the water to force the troops to retreat. (80 mins.)
 
28.
Saaraba (1988)
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Tamsir returns to Senegal after 17 years in Europe. His uncle gives him a patronage job in Dakar, virtually without duties... (90 mins.)
 
29.
Sambizanga (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola... (102 mins.)
Director: Sarah Maldoror
 
30.
The Silences of the Palace (1994)
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As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live. (127 mins.)
Director: Moufida Tlatli
 
31.
Sango Malo (1990)
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(93 mins.)
 
32.
Fire! (1991)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Adama Drabo
 
33.
The Law (1990)
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Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga... (81 mins.)
 
34.
Touki Bouki (1973)
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind. (85 mins.)
 
35.
Rocking Poponguine (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This bittersweet, coming of age story is a kind of African equivalent of George Lucas' American Graffiti, Spike Lee's Crooklyn or Godard's Masculin/Feminin. (95 mins.)
 
36.
Udju Azul di Yonta (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A beautiful, intelligent and flirtatious young girl, Yonta, is secretly in love with a friend of her parents... (90 mins.)
Director: Flora Gomes
 
37.
Life Is Rosy (1987)
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Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams... (80 mins.)
 
38.
Faces of Women (1985)
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At a festival, a chorus of women sing and dance as two stories unfold. In a village, a young women with a jealous husband gives him something to be jealous about when his younger brother visits from the city. (105 mins.)
Director: Désiré Ecaré
 
39.
Wend Kuuni (1982)
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In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush... (75 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré
 
40.
Xala (1975)
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It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we... (123 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
41.
Brightness (1987)
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A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father. (105 mins.)
 
42.
Zan Boko (1988)
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In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member... (95 mins.)
Director: Gaston Kaboré