African Studies


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SOMEBODY'S CHILDREN

African Studies  Children & Young Adult  Sociology 

Examines the plight of tens of thousands of children in South Africa who, driven by poverty and dysfunctional family lives, struggle to live on city streets.

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OF COURAGE AND CONSEQUENCE

African Studies  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Peace & Conflict 

Features interviews with young people in South Africa, both white and black, who fought on opposing sides during the country's era of apartheid rule, from youthful cadres engaged in the liberation struggle and members of black township self-defense units engaged in guerrilla war, to the white conscripts in the South African Army's border war and young Afrikaners fearful of social change.

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RIVER NIGER, BLACK MOTHER

African Studies  Anthropology  Environmental Studies 

This video traces the undulating route of the River Niger throughout West Africa, from its source in the Republic of Guinea to Nigeria, and discusses how this majestic waterway, as an essential communications and transport link, has molded the history and culture of the region.

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THE MAGIC OF NIGERIA

Sociology  Performing Arts  Death & Dying  Anthropology  African Studies 

This video explores the vitality of ancient African traditions regarding the links between life and death.

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TROKOSI: WIFE OF THE GODS

African Studies  Anthropology  Human Sexuality  Religion & Spirituality  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines the West African religious institution of trokosi, where young women are chosen to serve an indefinite period of servitude for crimes committed long ago by their grandparents and even great-grandparents.

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ZANDILE: IN THE LIGHT OF UBUNTU

African Studies  Sociology  Women's Studies 

Examines the social and political struggle of South Africa's black community today, when they must deal with the after-effects of decades of apartheid rule.

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CIA CASE OFFICER, THE

African Studies  American Studies  Political Science 

This video portrait of John "Bob" Stockwell, the son of Protestant missionaries, a former Marine Corps officer and corporate manager, reveals the planning and shaping of a CIA covert operation by focusing on his efforts to overthrow the newly-installed MPLA government in Angola in 1975.

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TWENTY YEARS OF TELEVISION: SABC TV

African Studies  Media Studies  Political Science 

Chronicles the controversial history of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which almost from its inception was characterized by management's political censorship of the Documentary Department and the TV News Department's complicity with the National Party and government security forces.

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EDUCATION: A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT

Education  African Studies  Sociology 

Examines the educational crisis in South Africa, where the apartheid regime for decades maintained two separate and unequal educational systems, one white and one black, with the consequent miseducation of successive generations of black youth and the destruction of untold human potential.

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SOWETO TO BERKELEY

African-American Studies  American History  American Studies  African Studies  Peace & Conflict  Political Science  Sociology 

Examines the Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of California at Berkeley during 1985-86, which led to similar student protests nationwide.

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CIMARRONES

African-American Studies  African Studies  Latin-American Studies  Sociology  Spanish Language 

This docudrama explores the little known situation of African slaves in Latin America in the 19th century, depicting life in runaway slave communities.

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WHO'S GONNA TAKE THE WEIGHT?: AFRICAN AMERICAN AND SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH

African-American Studies  African Studies  New York City  Peace & Conflict  Children & Young Adult 

This provocative documentary blends interviews with young black people in New York City and in Soweto, South Africa, focusing on the similarities and the contrasts between the lives of black teenagers in both countries.

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GOSPEL OF AIDS

African Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Sociology 

Examines the rapid spread of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, focusing on the small nation of Rwanda.

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IMAGES IN STRUGGLE

African Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Short Films 

Examines the role played by South African photographers in the struggle to end apartheid, featuring interviews with these professionals who talk about their work and aspirations.

ERITREAN ARTISTS IN WAR AND PEACE
ERITREAN ARTISTS IN WAR AND PEACE

Art History  African Studies 

Portrays the aesthetic development of twelve artists in Eritrea, whose contemporary art movement was born during the Eritrean People's Liberation Front's thirty-year war against Ethiopian control.

AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY
AFRICA BETWEEN MYTH AND REALITY

Women's Studies  Art History  American Studies  African Studies  Short Films 

Showcases the view of African life featured in the paintings, drawings and etchings of Betty LaDuke, one of America's most accomplished multicultural artists.

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SINGING IN COLOR

Children & Young Adult  Women's Studies  Sociology  Performing Arts  Peace & Conflict  Music  Cultural Studies  African Studies  African-American Studies 

This video follows the world-famous Chicago Children's Choir on their 1996 tour of South Africa and shows how music can convey a message of peace.

CHINUA ACHEBE: THE IMPORTANCE OF STORIES
CHINUA ACHEBE: THE IMPORTANCE OF STORIES

Literature  African Studies 

This video portrait of Chinua Achebe, one of Africa's greatest authors, examines how the Nigerian-born writer-and modern Africa itself-were shaped by a history of racism and colonialism. Achebe, best known as the author of Things Fall Apart (1958), the first great African novel in the English language, has also written other novels, poetry, children's stories, and criticism.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: DANCES OF THE AFRICAN-GUYANESE
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE: DANCES OF THE AFRICAN-GUYANESE

Anthropology  Dance  African Studies  Directed by Women 

Examines the cultural roots of traditional dance in Guyana and how numerous cultural influences have been blended in this multicultural society.

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