African Studies

42 Grams

42 Grams

Director: Jack C. Newell
Year: 2018

Chef Jake Bickelhaupt goes from running an illegal restaurant in his home to being a culinary celebrity in less than a year.

42 Grams

Concerning Violence

Concerning Violence

Director: Göran Hugo Olsson
Year: 2014

From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s, accompanied by text from...

Concerning Violence

Daresalam

Daresalam

Director: Issa Serge Coelo
Year: 2000

Two childhood friends swept up in civil wars in Chad and Burkina Faso. Tranquil, violent, intimate and objective, DARESALAM is a powerful film of resonant depth that "brilliantly weaves memory, hope and despair" (San Francisco Weekly) into "a...

Daresalam

Fela Kuti:

Fela Kuti: "Music is the Weapon"

Director: Jean Jacques Flori, Stephen Tchal-Gadjieff
Year: 1982

Shot in Lagos at the peak of his career in 1982, this documentary contains interviews with Fela detailing his thoughts on politics, Pan-Africanism, music and religion. For all who wish to know more about an artist at the heart of African musical...

Fela Kuti: "Music is the Weapon"

Finding Fela

Finding Fela

Director: Alex Gibney
Year: 2014

Directed by Alex Gibney, this is the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance and how his impact transformed the life of many Nigerians and rights activists throughout the world.

Finding Fela

The Forgotten Kingdom

The Forgotten Kingdom

Director: Andrew Mudge
Year: 2013

Atang Mokoenya is an unemployed, aimless young man who spends his days idling in the slums of Johannesburg. When his father dies, Atang must give up his selfish ways and fulfill his father's humble last wishes: to be buried in the rural mountain...

The Forgotten Kingdom

Guimba the Tyrant

Guimba the Tyrant

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
Year: 1995

Acclaimed at home and at the Cannes, Toronto and New York Film Festivals as the African film event of the year, Guimba weaves a captivating tale of sexual power plays, set against the grand sweep of a precolonial African...

Guimba the Tyrant

Karmen Geï

Karmen Geï

Director: Joseph Gaï Ramaka
Year: 2001

Bizet's celebrated opera Carmen receives a spectacularly bold reworking in Joseph Gaï Ramaka's KARMEN GEI

Karmen Geï

Lumumba

Lumumba

Director: Raoul Peck
Year: 2001

Lumumba

The Man Who Drove with Mandela

The Man Who Drove with Mandela

Director: Greta Schiller
Year: 1998

In 1962, at the height of oppression in apartheid South Africa, a gay white theatre director was arrested with Nelson Mandela. His name was Cecil Williams. This is his story.

The Man Who Drove with Mandela

Nowhere in Africa

Nowhere in Africa

Director: Caroline Link
Year: 2002

A love story spanning two continents, NOWHERE IN AFRICA is the extraordinary true tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film (2002).

Nowhere in Africa

SEMBENE!

SEMBENE!

Director: Jason Silverman, Samba Gadjigo
Year: 2015

In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. This true story celebrates how the father of African cinema, against enormous odds, fought a...

SEMBENE!

The Wound

The Wound

Director: John Trengove
Year: 2017

John Trengove’s award-winning film is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture.

The Wound

Yeelen

Yeelen

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Year: 1987

From one of the master African film directors, the story of Nianankoro, a young African warrior destined to destroy a corrupt older society, the secret Komo cult, and with it his father and inevitably himself.

Yeelen

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