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Wole Soyinka [electronic resource]: Child of the Forest

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A literary lion and a diehard political activist, Wole Soyinka has spent a long lifetime speaking truth to power. Part tribute and part retrospective, this program examines the Nigerian Nobel Laureate's actions and achievements through archival footage and insightful interviews. Commentary is provided by Soyinka; his sons Makin and Olaokun Soyinka; his friend Yemi Ogunbiyi; Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer; Maya Jaggi, cultural journalist and critic; Biodun Jeyifo, literary scholar and critic; publisher Margret Busby; poet Odia Ofeimun; playwright Femi Osofisan; and writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta, Biyi Bandele, Teju Cole, Helon Habila, Bankole Omotoso, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., and Molara Wood.
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52 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 02, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Child of the Forest
  • In Praise of Activism and Accomplishments (4:43)
  • Child of the Forest (2:45)
  • Influence of Mother (3:59)
  • Soyinka: Prolific Writer (3:06)
  • African Theater (3:57)
  • Wole Soyinka: Experimental Writer (2:07)
  • Writer's World View (2:02)
  • Writer as Activist (3:20)
  • Human Tendency to Dominate (2:52)
  • Wole Soyinka: Young Activist (3:14)
  • Activism and Unfairness (2:02)
  • Biafra and Soyinka's Arrest (4:43)
  • Post-Prison Activism (3:59)
  • Military Dictator vs. Writer (4:27)
  • Validation as an Artist (2:19)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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41966 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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