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Pieces D'identites: = Id

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A Congolese king searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of coincidence (it must be destined), Mani Kongo is reunited with his daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of friends.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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The Language You Cry in: The Story of a Mende Song

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Traces the history of a burial hymn of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast of the United States more than two hundred years ago. Joe Opala and Cynthia Schmidt discover that the Gullah family have preserved this song for generations in the United States. They travel to a remote Mende village in Sierra Leone where the villagers reenact the burial ritual.
VHS
1998
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La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil: The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun

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Parable uses the struggles of a young crippled girl in Dakar trying to earn her living in the market place selling newspapers to mirror Africa's role in the international marketplace.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Ça Twiste a Poponguine: Rocking Popenguine

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A coming of age comedy set in a remote Senegalese beachside village during the week before Christmas, 1964, where the local teenage boys are divided into rival cultural camps. The "Ins" ("Inseparables") style themselves after French pop stars, attend school, have all the girls--but no record player. Their rivals, the "Kings," style themselves after African-American blues legends, they work as fishermen, don't have any girls--but they do have a record player.
VHS
1994
Ivy (By Request)
5.

Karmen Gei

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"Like every Carmen, Karmen Geï is about the infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions, languages, the human limitations which constrain that desire"--Container.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom

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Tells the inspiring story of the group that introduced South African music to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The film recounts how a music affirming its deeply traditional roots has been passed down and popularized under the most hostile circumstances.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Faat Kine

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"The deceptively light domestic drama of Faat Kine, a gas station operator born, significantly, the same year as Senegalese independence, 1960."--http://www.californianewsreel.com.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Daresalam

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This feature film focuses on two young men caught up in the Civil War in Chad. It begins in the 1970s with the story of Koni and Djimi as the central government invades their village and insistes on buying the farmer's millet at below market and then browbeats the villagers into paying taxes to help fight the war. When they resist the government burns the village and massacres the inhabitants. Djimi, wounded, remains behind with the hard-liners, while Koni joins a faction which supports compromise with the government.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
9.

Thunderbolt

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This feature film focuses on Yinka from the Yoruba tribe and Ngozi, an Ibo, who meet in the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria. A retelling of the Othello story in an African setting, the seeds of jealousy are planted when a friend of Yinka, suggests that Ngozi is having a secret affair because "Ibo are untrustworthy." The film then becomes distinctly West African as the supernatural comes to the fore; curses and ritual cleansing take the place of psychological explanations. An old man warns Ngozi, who is accused of having AIDS, that her death is imminent and will strike her like a thunderbolt.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Keïta!, L'héritage du Griot: Keita!, the Heritage of the Griot

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Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djéliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keïta to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keïta, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire.
VHS
1994; 1993
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Woubi Chéri

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"Woubi chéri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces us to gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality"--California Newsreel Web site.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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O Testamento Do Senhor Napumoceno: Napumoceno's Will

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"O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno is an epic, or at least an epic farce, from one of the world's least known but most culturally complex societies - Cape Verde. This classic tale of the hollowness at the core of provincial bourgeois life introduces English speaking audiences to Germano Almeida, one of the outstanding writers in Portuguese today. With its novelistic breadth, the film offers a bildungsroman of a man and a society so caught up in the pursuit of conventional success and prestige it overlooks its true self almost until it is too late"--From the California Newsreel Web site.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Fintar o Destino: Dribbling Fate

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Fintar o destino is the Library of African Cinema's first sports film -- but a sports film with a distinctly African twist. It is the story of the aging sport hero who holds onto his past so strongly he destroys his present. At the same time, this film explores a much broader tension, personal and political, between remaining true to one's dreams or making the best of the limited opportunities around us.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
14.

La Genese: Genesis

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Genesis is given a new spin which recasts a famous story by relocating it in the nation of Mali and using a cast of African actors. Covering Chapters 23-37, it recounts the story of Esau whose birthright is stolen by his brother Jacob in exchange for a plate of beans. This allegorical tale combines an accurate interpretation of the Biblical story with relevant allusions to African history and culture.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Chef!: Chief. La Tête Dans les Nuages = Head in the Clouds

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"In ... Chef!, Teno locates the roots of Africa's authoritarian regimes in the patriarchal family, reinforced by traditional kingship and the colonial experience. Teno insists that this film was not planned but imposed itself on him during a visit to his ancestral village, Bandjoun, in the Ghomala speaking region of Western Cameroon. He had gone to film dances dedicating a monument to King Kamga Joseph II, the filmmakers' great grand uncle, but the ceremony soon turned into a celebration of one-man rule, in particular Cameroonian President Paul Biya's"--From the California Newsreel Web site.; "Teno investigates the ties between unaccountable government and an unproductive economy in La tête dans les nuages. Kleptocracy has become an accepted fact of Cameroonian life described by the [...]
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
16.

Touki-Bouki: Magaye Niang, Mareme Niang

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'Touki Bouki' is the picaresque tale of Mory and Anta. Desperate to escape the raucous shantytown where they live, they dream of winning wealth and power in France. They lead us on an exhilirating chase through Dakar as they try gambling, stealing and prostitution to get the money for their passage. At the last moment, Mory bolts from the liner, suddenly aware that Western consumer culture is just another trap.
VHS
1993; 1973
Ivy (By Request)
17.

Tableau Ferraille

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Tells the story of an idealistic young politician's rise and fall. Daam, a well-intentioned but vacillating European-trained politician, must choose between two social paradigms exemplified by his two wives. The film offers a view of how modernization, as practiced in today's Africa, corrodes traditional communities and retards grassroots development.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
18.

Quartier Mozart

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'Quartier Mozart' uses traditional Cameroonian folk beliefs to explore the sexual politics of an urban neighborhood. It is the story of 48 hours in a working class neighborhood in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital. It recounts the education of a young schoolgirl, still 'proud like a woman who has never known men.'
VHS
1993; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
19.

Mortu Nega

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"In 1973, independence was proclaimed [in Guinea Bissau], ending five centuries of Portuguese colonization and a decade of armed struggle. [This film], Gomes' first feature-length film, made in 1987, ... portrays this critical period in history through the story of one woman, Diminga, whose husband is fighting on the front lines. The camera captures Cabral's assassination, the ending of hostilities, and the reconstruction of the economically and spiritually devastated country. The term "Mortu Nega" means those that death did not want, and Gomes films a ceremony using 3000 extras, in which survivors call upon the dead, asking them how they can go on living in such terrible conditions"--From the Le Monde Cannes '96 Supplement, May 10.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
20.

Rostov-Luanda

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Sissako spent a year in Rostov on the Don and there became friends with a young man from Angola. This film chronicles the director' s search for a friend of the past. In this personal retrospective, Sissako encounters present-day Angola and traces the great lines of Africa's recent history.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)