Item Details

Afro@Digital [electronic resource]

California Newsreel (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This program looks at the impact of digital technology across a broad swath of contemporary African life, examining the ways in which it affects traditional culture and considering how it can best be used to overcome poverty without falling into the trap of neocolonialism. The film also raises the intriguing possibility that computing technology is indigenous to Africa due to the discovery of the Ishango Bone, which may be the oldest calculating tool in the world; and filmmaker John Akomfrah encourages viewers to look at digital technology not just as a tool but as a mindset.
Release Date
2003
Run Time
52 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Portions with English subtitles
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 19, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Afro Digital
Contents
  • Digital Development in Africa (2:56)
  • Developing a Digital Mindset (2:57)
  • Two Africas (1:18)
  • Africa's Cellular Revolution (3:44)
  • Communication and Economic Development in Africa (1:41)
  • Demand for Internet Access in Africa (2:30)
  • Making Use of Technology in Africa (2:26)
  • Internet: Brain of the Global Community (2:29)
  • Digital Technology Building Bridges in Africa (1:57)
  • Distance Learning in Africa (1:04)
  • Digital Music Technology in Africa (3:38)
  • African Cinematography (2:40)
  • Creating Africa's Voice (3:15)
  • Digital Film: Empowerment Through Knowledge (3:29)
  • Africa's Ancient Contribution to Modern Technology (5:04)
  • Leapfrogging to the 21st Century (2:15)
  • Africa's Need for Political Communication (1:20)
  • Rejecting a Colonial Legacy (2:00)
  • Leveling the Global Playing Field for Africa (3:52)
  • Credits: Afro@Digital (1:37)
Credits
Featuring John Akomfrah.
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2003.
Publisher no.
49744 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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