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Condoms, Fish and Circus Tricks: The A.I.D.S. Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Shot in Malawi, South Africa and Zambia, this is a compelling documentary on the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is ravaging Southern Africa. It takes an intimate look at the people who are dying, those who are caring for them, and why this disease has had such a devastating impact on African society. In a remote village in Malawi, the struggle against AIDS is led by local volunteers who care for the orphan children and those that are dying, without the medicines, clean water, or even rubber gloves. In a fishing village on Zambia?s Kafue Flats the local fishermen earn their livelihood by selling their catch. When women don?t have the money to pay, the men often trade their fish for sex. The result has been a huge surge of AIDS patients, overwhelming the local hospital which has only three doc [...]
Online
2003
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Linking Africa [electronic resource]: The Future Is Digital

Africa has the fastest-growing cell phone market in the world, fueling the continent's IT boom and making Nokia and Google sit up and take notice. This program examines East Africa's burgeoning and innovative use of information technology in small businesses, health care, education, and social activism. Viewers meet the software developers and digital pioneers who are increasing Africa's connectivity with programs such as One Laptop Per Child-an initiative that brings hope to an area ravaged by civil strife. The video also looks at the mixed feelings of uneasy governments who see the Internet as both potential spark for an Arab Spring-style uprising and a lucrative way to bring their countries into the 21st century.
Online
2011
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The Glories of Ancient Benin [electronic resource]

Long, long, ago, three great hunters came upon a termitary from which emerged a nine-headed genie. A city was built on this spot, beside a pond named Abomiressa Adjaga after the god of the hunters. The Portuguese traders who arrived around 1600 called the city Porto-Novo (Newport). Teagmani, son of Pokbon, was king at that time, one of a long line of kings whose heritage is preserved in the Museum of Porto-Novo. Here we can see the richly embroidered royal robes and some of the utensils used at court. The carved doors of the Royal Palace provide a window into the political, social, economic, and cultural life of the kingdom. Its symbols are as applicable today as in King Toffa's day: the snail, to show that the King must guide his people slowly and patiently; the tortoise, symbol of [...]
Online
1992
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The Bambara Kingdom of Segu (Mali) [electronic resource]

The history of the Bambara can be traced at least as far back as the seventh century. In this program, we learn something of their past, and we can imagine more from the extraordinary architecture of their ancient villages, which form a fluid continuum with life in the same region today. A large and flourishing culture, the Bambara lived by collecting enslaved Africans and reselling them to North Africa and the Western Hemisphere; when the slave trade was abolished in Europe, the economic decline of the Bambara followed. As new economic bases were created, a new Bambara civilization emerged, which has retained the artistic vigor of its forebears.
Online
2012
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Women of Manga (Niger) [electronic resource]

This program is devoted to the women of a warrior tribe whose origin is ancient but unknown and which lives today in eastern Niger. It shows the life of the people, focusing on the traditions according to which the women live, behave, and make themselves beautiful-the complicated painting that constitutes makeup, the even more complicated hairstyles and their meanings, the role of facial scars and jewelry; the same standards of beauty are applied to objects.
Online
2012
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Ethiopia [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Ethiopia through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… 120 Minutes, Feguegta Talk Show, The Blue Horse, Ke Naw, Tsehai the Giraffe Likes to Learn, Blue Nile, Ethiopian Idols.
Online
2009
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Tanzania/Zanzibar [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Tanzania and its semiautonomous region Zanzibar through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… Jarida la Wanawake (The Women's Program), Halikuniki, Night Line, Zanzibar Today, City Sounds, Uswazi, Kemea (Reprimand), Hadithi Za Bibi (Stories with Grandma), Bongo Star Search.
Online
2009
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Mozambique [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Mozambique through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… Canal Zero, Historias do Bairro (Neighborhood Tales), Public Service Messages, Brazilian Telenovelas, The Greatest Portuguese of All Time, For Law and Order, Sorriso (Smile), Talk Shows, Full Stop, Mais Jovem (Younger), Fama Show (Glory Show).
Online
2009
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Benin [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Benin through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… Sports Events, News Reviews, Entre Nous (Between Us), Le Grand Journal du Bien (The All-Is-Well News), Midi Pile (Twelve on the Dot), Music Videos, Christ dans vos Maisons (Christ in Your Homes), Au Delà du Réel (Beyond the Real), Nécrologie (Obituary Column), Rubi, Les Inséparables (The Inseparable Ones).
Online
2009
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Cameroon [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Cameroon through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… The Good News, News Reports, Star-Crossed Destinies, Polygamous Household, Music Videos, My Favorite Song.
Online
2009
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Mauritius [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Mauritius through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… Tulsi, Kel Fami! (What a Family!), Bonnto (That's Great), Badinaz, C'est la Vie, Sega Hungama.
Online
2009
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Ghana [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Ghana through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… Thank God It's Friday, News Reports, Agenda, Colonial Court, Mmaa Nkommo, Religious Programs, Soccer Academy, Children's Channel.
Online
2009
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Namibia [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Namibia through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… School Grounds, Green Horizon, News Reports, One Against Crime, Religious Programs, Miss Namibia, Just Fabulous, The Ties that Bind.
Online
2009
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Burundi [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Burundi through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… News Reports, Music Videos, Ni Nde? (Who Is It?), Religious Programs.
Online
2009
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Ivory Coast [electronic resource]

This documentary studies the cultural landscape of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) through the lens of that country's television programming. TV shows include… It Must Be Said, Stars Tonnerre, News Reports, Pirate Programs, The Good Old Days, Dr. Boris, Class A, Le Titrologue.
Online
2009
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In Dogon Country [electronic resource]: Marcel Griaule's Journeys Through Africa

During the 1920s it became fashionable for European artists and intellectuals to profess an interest in Africa. But a young French anthropologist named Marcel Griaule wanted to do more than follow fashion. Between 1928 and 1933, he mounted two major expeditions-one to Ethiopia and another which crossed the continent from Dakar to Djibouti. The latter adventure lasted two years and offered new ways for Westerners to learn and think about Africa. As this film illustrates, it was during Griaule's second expedition that he befriended the Dogon people of West Africa. Although some of his conclusions about Dogon culture have met with controversy, Griaule's work created a new paradigm of anthropological field work and made immense contributions to modern ethnology. Presented by Griaule's gr [...]
Online
1997
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Mozambique [electronic resource]: Stolen Children

The use of kidnapped children as fighters was a systematic practice by RENAMO, Mozambique's guerilla-led opposition movement. Julio was 10 years old and asleep with his family when RENAMO troops stormed his village, killing many and dragging Julio away to become a soldier. This documentary follows Julio's journey, after his escape, to be reunited with his mother - and although his story has a happy ending, many parents find their long-lost children have become hardened assassins who bear little resemblance to the children they lost. The film includes interviews with the UN's head in Mozambique, the prime minister, and RENAMO leader Alfons Dhlakama.
Online
1994
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Somalia [electronic resource]: Road Warriors

Welcome to Bermuda, an enclave in South Mogadishu where, they say, those who go in never come back. Every street leads into enemy territory, and fighters never sleep for fear of attack. It's a place that most journalists simply don't visit. This documentary goes deep inside Somalia's most dangerous areas for a close look at the anarchy that followed the failed U.S. intervention there, and the role of the Islamic court in trying to restore order. Riding alongside a charismatic and youthful militia group as they zealously carry out the orders of their new master, the film also examines the appeal of radical Sharia.
Online
1995
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Sudan [electronic resource]: Training Terrorists

Sudan has been accused of providing a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. With unprecedented access and powerful images - including FBI surveillance tape of men stirring explosives in a New York basement for a plot to blow up the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel - this documentary examines Sudanese-backed plots against the U.S. The film features discussions with terrorists who say they received military training in Sudan, and footage of a camp alleged to be a training ground for Sudan's Popular Defense Force. As a complex web unravels of extremist groups working together to wage a a holy war on the West, their support by the governments of Islamic states is revealed.
Online
1996
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Sierra Leone [electronic resource]: Soldiers of Fortune: Sierra Leone

Inside a helicopter mercenaries fly over RUF rebel areas, shooting anything that moves, although it's uncertain whether this is a civilian area or not. The men say they're working for the Sierra Leone government, but their history suggests they are with the infamous Sandline International, a so-called "private military contractor" based in London. Officially, the mercenaries' mission is to defeat the rebels that UN forces failed to stop, but is their true motive to capture the diamond mines that have been financing Sierra Leone's civil war? This provocative film raises the question of whether mercenaries can bring peace or only further destruction to Sierra Leone.
Online
2000