Guide to African Cinemaby PeacefulAnarchy | created - 03 Mar 2012 | updated - 03 Mar 2012 | Public
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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4. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 47,511 | Gross: $0.06M
5. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
157 min | Drama, War
In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.
6. Ceddo (1977)
120 min | Drama
The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »
7. Dilemma (II) (1962)
89 min | Drama
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.
8. Emitaï (1971)
103 min | Drama
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.
9. Everyone's Child (1996)
90 min | Drama
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. While their preoccupied neighbors in ... See full summary »
13. Le franc (I) (1994)
Not Rated | 46 min | Comedy
A penniless, fast-thinking musician buys a lottery ticket which he glues to his back door, in hopes of eventually retrieving his instrument from his exasperating landlady. The ticket wins, ... See full summary »
14. Gito, l'ingrat (1992)
Gito is a young African intellectual returning home from France with numerous academic degrees and ministerial ambitions. Gradually his ambitions are crushed by the daily realities of his ... See full summary »
15. Le grand blanc de Lambaréné (1995)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama
Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Like FRANTZ FANON... See full summary »
16. Guelwaar (1992)
115 min | Drama
Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »
Votes: 272 | Gross: $0.06M
17. Guimba the Tyrant (1995)
93 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Documents the rise and fall of a cruel and despotic village chief Guimba, and his son Jangine in a fictional village in the Sahel of Mali.
18. Hyenas (1992)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
Dramaan is the most popular man in Colobane, but when a woman from his past, now exorbitantly wealthy, returns to the town, things begin to change.
Votes: 702 | Gross: $0.02M
21. Keita! L'héritage du griot (1996)
94 min | Drama, Fantasy
A storyteller named Djeliba comes to the town of a young boy named Mabo with promises that he will reveal the origin of the boy's ancestry.
23. Neria (1993)
103 min | Drama
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.
27. Ramparts of Clay (1970)
GP | 87 min | Drama
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.
29. Sambizanga (1972)
102 min | Drama
Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in... See full summary »
31. Sango Malo (1990)
93 min | Drama
Sango Malo contrasts two views of education. The traditional headmaster represents a rigid, "Eurocentric." curriculum designed to produce docile colonial administrators. Malo, the radical ... See full summary »
32. Fire! (1991)
100 min | Drama
A young forest ranger who sees that his work holds the key to the future of his country is disgusted at the short-sighted, money-grubbing ways of his superiors.
33. The Law (1990)
81 min | Drama, Romance
Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken ... See full summary »
35. Rocking Poponguine (1994)
95 min | Drama
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.
36. The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992)
90 min | Drama
A beautiful, intelligent and flirtatious young girl, Yonta, is secretly in love with a friend of her parents, Vicente, a hero of the war of independence. Vicente is unaware of her passion ... See full summary »
37. Life Is Rosy (1987)
Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
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. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »
38. Faces of Women (1985)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
39. Wend Kuuni (1982)
75 min | Drama
In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »
42. Zan Boko (1988)
In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member of the community involves the burial of the placenta. The space in which the placenta... See full summary »