6.7/10
126
4 user

Africa's Great Civilizations 

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a fresh look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2017  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Incredible Human Journey (TV Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This series explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory.

Stars: Alice Roberts, Robert Bednarik, Sandford Bigplume
Civilisations (TV Series 2018)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale. It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark's ... See full summary »

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Simon Schama, Maya Jasanoff
All Is True (2018)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
First Peoples (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

200,000 years ago we took our first steps in Africa. Today there are 7 billion of us living across the planet. How did our ancestors spread from continent to continent? This is a global ... See full summary »

Stars: Kerry Shale, John Hawks, Svante Pääbo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Professor Gates describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Bernard E. Powers Jr., Peniel E. Joseph
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Follow-up to America: The Story of the US (2010). Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of ... See full summary »

Stars: Josh Brolin, Richard Machowicz, James Meigs
First Civilizations (TV Mini-Series 2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having lived as mobile foragers for 99 percent of our time on Earth, why did humans set out on the road to civilization? How did they create villages, towns, cities, and states, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jens Notroff, Kerry Shale
The Story of India (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history.

Stars: Michael Wood, Chris Baily
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Lena Wendt
Stars: Ulrich Stirnat, Lena Wendt, Fufu
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rageh Omaar recounts the epic story of one of the largest and most influential empires in world history, that of the Ottomans.

Stars: Rageh Omaar
Team Kaylie (TV Series 2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A wealthy teenager tries to prove herself after she's forced outside of her comfort zone.

Stars: Alison Fernandez, Bryana Salaz, Symera Jackson
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Henry Louis Gates ...  Himself - Presenter 6 episodes, 2017
Edit

Storyline

In his six-hour series, AFRICA'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official PBS Home page site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America (2019) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderful series that updates his 'Wonders of Africa'
18 March 2017 | by buckneb-88915See all my reviews

As an educator, I am bias towards the truth debunking myths and politically motivated 'fake history'. This series does just that by erasing age old stereotypes and false beliefs.

Dr. Gates is a wonderful storyteller. His African history narrative is flows from the earliest man to the effects of colonialism on Africa today. The story is sad, but beautiful. It is one that is more diverse than the story of any other continent on earth so of course the six hours is the abridged version. A perfect introduction that creates more questions in the curious mind than it answers.

The series explores all parts of Afica, but the one thing that stood out to me is how he continually returns to Ethiopia. Dr. Gates does not hide his emotional attachment to the magical grace of these dignified people and the wonders that they have created. From the earliest man to their ancient Christian people,the story of Ethiopia becomes the centerpiece that much of the world's current civilizations can relate to. The pride garnered as European imperialism was repelled and the story of unity today will give hope to the even most disheartened from today's political climate.

Well done once again, and I thank you Dr. Gates for making yet another fine documentary, thus helping to educate my students.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed