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HARD EARTH

Sociology  Labor Studies  African Studies 

Against the current political backdrop of attacks on white-owned farms in Zimbabwe, this documentary investigates what life is like on one of these occupied farm estates.

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DECOLONIZATION

World History  African Studies  Political Science 

Examines the process whereby former colonial territories have gained their independence and the right to govern themselves. Archival footage, interviews and maps trace the changes during the last three decades throughout Africa, Asia, the Carribean and the Pacific.

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AFRICA RECOVERY

Political Science  Environmental Studies  African Studies 

Africa today is a continent beset by drought, famine, war and debt. In Zambia, a news reporter examines these problems and discusses potential solutions that might be applicable to the entire continent.

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APARTHEID

African Studies 

Examines apartheid as seen through the eyes of a young South African. It shows how the majority of South Africans, who are black, are denied basic human rights, and discusses UN initiatives against apartheid.

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SONGOLOLO: VOICES OF CHANGE

Sociology  Music  Literature  Dance  Cultural Studies  African Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the role of black resistance to apartheid in South Africa through a look at two of the nation's leading cultural activists and popular performers--poet Mzwakhe Mbuli and writer/ performer Gcina Mhlophe.

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SENSE OF FREEDOM, A

Sociology  Political Science  African Studies 

Examines Africa's smallest country, the Gambia, as one of only a few successful multi- party democracies on the continent. Award-winning African journalist Hilton Fyle surveys the social and economic reasons underlying this success, featuring interviews with President Jawara and other government leaders, foreign and domestic investors and businessmen, the EEC delegate to the Gambia, and the leader of the political opposition.

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SONG OF THE SPEAR

Sociology  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies 

Examines the role of culture in the struggle for national liberation in South Africa by interspersing performances by the Amandla Cultural Ensemble with footage of the mass singing of resistance songs on the streets of South Africa and interviews with leading cultural workers of the African National Congress.

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AFTER THE BATTLE

African Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language  Directed by Women 

In 1975, the first Cuban soldiers went to Angola to help defend that newly independent government from invasion by South African troops. After nearly fourteen years of bitter conflict, the Angolan War ended, Namibia was established as an independent state, and Cuban and South African troops have returned home. Filmed on location in Angola, South Africa and Cuba, this documentary examines the politics of the war from both sides and features remarkable combat footage, archival material and interviews with Cuban and South African soldiers as well as grieving families of those who died in the war.

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NAMIBIA: REBIRTH OF A NATION

Sociology  Political Science  African Studies 

After twenty-three years of armed struggle against South African occupation forces, Namibia gained its independence in 1990. This video documents the challenges facing Namibians in rebuilding a nation dispossessed by a lifetime of colonial domination and devastated by decades of occupation.

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ISITWALANDWE: THE STORY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FREEDOM CHARTER

African Studies  Political Science 

Tells the story of the adoption of the South African Freedom Charter on June 26, 1955, when over 3,000 delegates from every corner of South Africa gathered at Kliptown, near Johannesburg, at the Congress of the People where the Charter, a blueprint for a future non-racial and democratic South Africa, was unanimously adopted.

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MOZAMBIQUE: THE STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL

African Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the human tragedy unfolding in Mozambique, Africa's poorest nation, where the civilian populace is not only threatened with full-scale famine but is also under siege from RENAMO, a bloody terrorist army supported by South Africa.

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RECONCILIATION IN ZIMBABWE

African Studies  Sociology  Political Science  Peace & Conflict 

In 1980, following a fifteen-year-long guerilla struggle against the white-ruled government of Rhodesia and a negotiated cease fire, ZANU leader Robert Mugabe was elected Prime Minister of the newly independent nation of Zimbabwe. This documentary offers a historical overview of these events and examines the first ten years of independence, with a special focus on relations between white (minority) and black (majority) citizens.

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NO EASY WALK: ZIMBABWE

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video begins in March 1896 when the Ndebele people of what was then known as Rhodesia rose in armed rebellion against European settlers such as Cecil Rhodes, who had taken over much of their land in the search for gold and other minerals.

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NO EASY WALK: KENYA

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video traces the history of Kenya's opposition to white rule, from the arrival of the first settlers in the 19th century to the Mau-Mau rebellion in 1952, in which the struggle for land rights was central.

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NO EASY WALK: ETHIOPIA

African Studies  Anthropology  Europe  Political Science  Sociology  World History 

Part of the No Easy Walk series, this video begins with the Ethiopian victory over the Italians in 1896 at the Battle of Andowa, which confirmed Ethiopian independence to the European powers and paved the way for Emperor Menelik's modernization program.

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ANY CHILD IS MY CHILD

African Studies  Sociology  Children & Young Adult 

This documentary reveals the repression of children by the apartheid regime in South Africa, where teenagers and children as young as seven years old are arrested on charges such as "intimidation" or "stone-throwing," jailed, tortured, and sometimes killed.

ERITREA
ERITREA

African Studies  Architecture  Art History  Sociology  Urban Studies  Directed by Women 

For nearly thirty years, in the longest ongoing war in Africa, the Eritrean people waged a bitter struggle against the occupying forces of the Ethiopian government, which were armed by the Soviet Union and Israel.

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THE LIBERIA TRAGEDY

African Studies  Media Studies  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the recent political history of Liberia, from the 1980 military coup led by Samuel Doe to the 1989 rebellion which ousted him from power and led to the Liberian civil war.

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LIFE STORY OF AN AFRICAN INYANGA

African Studies  Anthropology  Biology  Education  Health  Religion & Spirituality  Short Films 

A docu-drama portraying the selection and lifelong education of an Inyanga, an African healer who dispenses traditional herbal remedies. The film examines the preparation and use of traditional medicines, the diagnosis and treatment of patients, and the metaphysics and cosmology of African beliefs regarding the powers of the Inyanga.

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DOMESTIC DIFFERENCES

African Studies  Labor Studies  Sociology 

Examines the relationship between Francis Mcnam, a black domestic worker in Cape Town, and her white employers, the Silberman family, graphically illustrating the vast difference in the quality of life for blacks and whites in South Africa.

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