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LUMO
LUMO

African Studies  Health  Political Science  Women's Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

Filmed inside a unique hospital for rape survivors in eastern Congo, Lumo follows a young woman after a brutal attack on her uncertain path to recovery. It is an intimate look at the widespread use of rape as a tool of political terror across central Africa.

DIPLOMACY
DIPLOMACY

African Studies  Peace & Conflict  World History  Political Science  2008 

Is the U.N. still relevant? This behind-the-scenes documentary follows the efforts of diplomats trying to pass a Security Council resolution authorizing the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Darfur.

TANGIER TREEHOUSE
TANGIER TREEHOUSE

Children & Young Adult  Architecture  African Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Islamic Studies  Environmental Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

When a group of Moroccan street children faced with the choice of emigrating illegally to Europe take part in a treehouse building workshop, they find themselves unexpectedly transformed. This wonderful documentary offers a timely and intimate window into the world of Arab youth.

WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD
WELCOME TO NOLLYWOOD

Cinema Studies  African Studies  Media Studies  Economics  Cultural Studies  2007 

After the U.S. and India, the world's third largest producer of feature films is Nigeria. Welcome to Nollywood explores this burgeoning film industry, from its unique challenges to its diverse array of films that both mirror and comment upon the social ills of the continent.

RAPE FOR WHO I AM
RAPE FOR WHO I AM

Women's Studies  LGBTQ  Human Sexuality  AIDS  African Studies  Directed by Women 

An intimate look at the lives of South Africa's black lesbians who were raped because of their sexuality but refuse to become victims. This insightful and moving film shatters all preconceptions of homosexuality in Africa.

ANGOLA  saudades from the one who loves you
ANGOLA saudades from the one who loves you

Peace & Conflict  African Studies 

A compelling portrait of Angola, one of Africa's largest producers of oil and diamonds, as it struggles to recover from a devastating civil war and take its first hesitant steps towards a fragile democracy.

AWAKE ZION
AWAKE ZION

Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  African-American Studies  Latin-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Music  Cultural Studies  Directed by Women 

Ever wonder why Jews and Rastafarians both use the Star of David and make references to Zion? This exuberant documentary explores the surprising connections between reggae culture and Judaism.

A TALE OF TWO TEENS
A TALE OF TWO TEENS

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Health  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  American Studies  AIDS  African Studies 

The AIDS pandemic in Africa as seen through the eyes of two young girls, an American and South African teenager, featuring the music of the Dave Matthews Band and U2.

SCIENCE WAGES WAR ON HUNGER
SCIENCE WAGES WAR ON HUNGER

Science  Environmental Studies  Biology  African Studies 

Millions of people in Africa do not have enough food to eat. This video follows Dr. Florence Wambugu as she reveals the immediate needs of the African people to fight crop disease and pests, essential in saving their population from hunger and famine.

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MAKHALIPILE: THE DAUNTLESS ONE

African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

Archbishop Trevor Huddleston's name has become synonymous with the battle against racial tyranny in South Africa. This film intersperses interviews and rare archival footage to chronicle Archbishop Huddleston's life and work and his continuing commitment to the destruction of apartheid.

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NIGHTMARE IN PARADISE

African Studies  Economics  Media Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

This video chronicles the recent political history of Sierra Leone, a small West African nation, rich in natural resources, which has been plagued by successive politically corrupt governments since its establishment as a republic in 1971.

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VOODOO KINGDOM

African Studies  Anthropology  Latin-American Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology 

In Haiti and many African countries today, voodoo is an integral part of daily life. Filmed in the Republic of Benin, this video examines the reality of voodoo as a polytheistic religion, including more than 260 gods, the beliefs of which include ancestral worship and direct dealing with supernatural forces.

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THE PEACEMAKER

Peace & Conflict  Asian Studies  African Studies  Sociology 

Chronicles the efforts of international mediator Dr. Dudley Weeks to negotiate a peace process between warring factions of Indian (Sikh) and Pakistani (Muslim) youths in West London, showing how peacemaking skills utilized in South Africa and Bosnia can be applied at a community level.

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MAKING DO

Economics  African Studies  Asian Studies  Criminal & Law  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

Faced with widespread conditions of mass unemployment, poverty, urban crowding, and governmental crisis, more than a billion people in some 100 underdeveloped nations throughout the Third World have developed their own 'informal economy,' a parallel lifestyle operating on the margins of the society's formal economy and legal system, which provides them with a means of survival.

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NO EASY WALK (series)

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

This series chronicles the history of colonialism and the struggle for independence in three African countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

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ELEPHANT PEOPLE

Environmental Studies  African Studies  Directed by Women 

This video examines a growing problem in Zimbabwe, where herds of elephants from national parks and wildlife preserves are invading farming villages, destroying crops and occasionally killing villagers.

SOUTH AFRICA: BEYOND A MIRACLE
SOUTH AFRICA: BEYOND A MIRACLE

African Studies  Sociology 

Part of a series of documentaries on conflict resolution in the world's trouble spots, chronicles the evolution of South Africa from the tragic years of apartheid to the release of Nelson Mandela and the country's first free elections in 1994, and, finally, to the cautious hopes and efforts today to build a strong democracy.

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THE RETURN: THE N'DEUP HEALING CEREMONY

African Studies  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Documents an African approach to treating mental-health issues by showing the communal healing process used by the Wolof in Senegal.

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ON THE BORDER

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  African Studies  Directed by Women 

The human tragedy caused by the widespread use of land mines in warfare is a growing problem throughout the world today. Children are especially susceptible to being maimed or killed by stepping on anti-personnel weapons buried during military conflicts many years ago. This documentary is a case study of the problem.

JUDGEMENT DAY
JUDGEMENT DAY

Children & Young Adult  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Peace & Conflict  Middle Eastern Studies  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  African Studies 

This video, by comparing the current Israeli/Palestinian conflict with the previous struggle for liberation and democracy in South Africa, makes a universal statement about war and the effects of war on young people on both sides of the conflicts.

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