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1.

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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Nigeria [electronic resource]: Endless Oil Spills

Over the years, Nigeria has become an economy based almost entirely on the mining of crude oil. But having a single economic focus has not kept the country safe from violent rifts and factionalism - indeed, rebel groups have regularly battled the government for control of oil pipelines while attacking the installations of foreign oil companies. Meanwhile, those companies often came up short in their obligations to maintain and repair the infrastructure that keeps oil flowing. This film illustrates what resulted from the chaos, both military and corporate, that engulfed Nigeria's foremost industry between 2003 and 2009: case after case of oil spilling from a damaged pipeline, with tremendous commercial and ecological ramifications. In retrospect, is sabotage largely to blame, or are t [...]
Online
2012
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Trade and Human Rights [electronic resource]

After years of working to end apartheid in South Africa, including 27 years in jail, Nelson Mandela and the ANC are now in power. In this episode, the new South African president discusses his plan to forge a 'government of national unity' in South Africa. Also featured is a discussion on the controversial linking of trade and human rights, including China's "Most Favored Nation" status, with Henry Kissinger, Lane Kirkland, the Dalai Lama, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights John Shattuck, and former Chinese political prisoner Wang Juntao. And finally, a look at the film "Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy" which explores the spiritual resistance of Tibetan nuns persecuted by their Chinese occupiers?
Online
1994
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South Africa [electronic resource]

This episode is dedicated to the celebration of the anniversary of Nelson Mandela's 1994 election. James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard narrate the American/South African coproduction of "Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa." Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, President Mandela's eldest daughter, discusses her father and her position as affirmative action/equal opportunity advisor to the University of Witswatersrand. Twelve hundred former prisoners of Robben Island join together at the Cape Town prison for a reunion and conference. Also featured is a music video of "Never Again" by the rap group Prophets of the City?
Online
1995
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Home to the Village [electronic resource]

Most urban Nigerians retain strong ties to their home villages. Many, like the Izevbigie family, return for planting and harvesting-suitcase farming, it's called. This program compares the life of the city-dwelling Izevbigies with that of their country cousins, as well as the games they play. Grandmother tells the story of the treasure at the end of the rainbow.
Online
1994
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Crafts and Crafts People [electronic resource]

Adesuwa, age 10, and Akugbe, age 11, are going to have new party dresses made. They choose a tie-dyed fabric, and we learn how it is made. We also learn how the famous bronzes were cast. They are still being made in the traditional way, although the hand-pumped bellows has been replaced by an automobile battery-powered fan. Today's chief bronze caster narrates the dance drama that explains how the bronze casters became the most important craft guild in Benin.
Online
1994
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Sorcerers of Zaire [electronic resource]

For the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, hardship and starvation are a way of life. The mood in their villages is one of austerity and mystery. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them illness and death. This program, from the award-winning producers of Healers of Ghana, focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. The program also observes the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood.
Online
1993
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Artist Unknown [electronic resource]: The Search for African History

In this documentary, Lonnie James, a young British man of Trinidadian descent, journeys to the ancient African kingdom of Benin, located in present-day Nigeria, to discover the origins of a carved mask purchased in London. He uncovers a tale of early African civilization, the looting of treasures and suppression of traditions by colonial powers, and the amazing persistence of an African artistic vision within a colonial culture. His mission becomes a quest to better understand the essence of Africa itself. In an ultimate gesture of reconciliation with his African heritage, James leaves the prized mask in the place where it was created. A BBCW Production.
Online
1995
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1966 Congo [electronic resource]: Victim of Independence

This NBC program explores the Congo's torturous path to nationhood after 52 years of Belgian colonial rule. Independence came in 1960 only to be shattered by five years of mutiny, massacre, fragmentation, foreign intervention, and economic decline. Includes the Stanleyville Massacre, Cold War tensions, and nationalization of industry.
Online
1966
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The Africa-China Connection [electronic resource]: A Thriving Business Partnership

Promoting growth and protecting the environment is a contradiction, says Chinese ambassador Chen Mingming, insisting that the opulent lifestyle of "people overseas" should figure into any assessment of his country's environmental policies. "Isn't it legitimate for the Chinese to seek the same quality of life? That means economic development." Others who support the government's approach to ecological problems also appear in this film, such as political observer Xie Chuntao-although he does acknowledge tangible policy splits within China's leadership and the difficulty of balancing environmental protection with the constant need for energy and raw materials. For a less ambivalent view, the film turns to activist Chen Faqing as he meets with angry suburbanites outside Hangzhou-a suppos [...]
Online
2013
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Past and Present [electronic resource]: Traders, the City, and Men From Over the Sea

There is still a king or Oba of Benin today, and he still dispenses justice to his people. He lives in a very traditional world but has received a British university education. Contrasts like these are commonplace in modern Nigeria: the children shop in the tumult of a traditional market and go to a supermarket to buy plastic toys made in China. Overseas trade is not new to Benin; it was taking place long before the white man arrived. By dramatizing one of the rare accounts by a slave captured as a child, we bring home a small part of the horror that was the slave trade.
Online
1994
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Eradicating Eden [electronic resource]: Eco-Colonialism in Africa

Africa's rich biodiversity made the continent irresistible to 19th-century European powers, who exploited its resources and destroyed the natural harmony in which all its inhabitants had been living. Environmentalism is now in vogue but some say that stewardship campaigns are still shortsighted, focusing on "charismatic animals" and ignoring the needs of tribes forced into poaching as the end result of colonial-era ecological mismanagement. This program examines the conflict between the theory and the reality of wildlife protection with a look at eco-colonialism, a term used to describe ill-informed attempts by the West to influence Africa's conservation policies.
Online
2002
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The Promised Land [electronic resource]: Threats to Elephant Sanctuaries

When Africa's elephants were declared endangered it was estimated that more than 100 of the animals had been killed every day between 1979 and 1989. The decimation was blamed on poachers and civil wars, and while this was an accurate assessment for some regions, in others the loss was also due to habitat destruction at the hands of well-meaning environmentalists. International pressure to protect elephants had caused a population explosion on game reserves, with over-grazing ultimately creating wastelands out of several conservation areas. This program examines the depletion of natural resources in elephant sanctuaries and the devastating effect this has on all species within the reserves.
Online
2002
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Playing God [electronic resource]: Active Environmental Management

Should humans intervene when the animal population of a game reserve exceeds the ability of the reserve to sustain that population? Such overbreeding is inevitably followed by a population crash, which some environmentalists believe is part of a natural cycle that must not be tampered with and that others point to as validation for judicious culling of herds. This program goes to a game reserve in Zimbabwe, where rangers work with leopards, elephants, and lions, to demonstrate the active environmental management techniques that are necessary for the survival of all of the park's species.
Online
2002
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Living With Nature [electronic resource]: The Problem With Elephants

While conservationists advocate for African wildlife the continent's indigenous people are experiencing poverty in growing numbers. Many tribes have been reduced to a subsistence farming that can barely sustain them, and their desperate slash-and-burn methods only exacerbate a vicious cycle of agricultural degradation. An additional challenge is the threat posed by hungry elephants that trample settlements and destroy crops. Though it is illegal to kill the elephants some farmers feel they have little choice, especially as cash from selling the tusks helps keep their families alive. This program asserts that until nature protection groups address the needs of poor rural Africans, elephant poaching will continue.
Online
2002
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In Touch With Nature [electronic resource]: Saving Africa's Game Reserves

Ecotourism has been a boon to the African economy yet between shrinking budgets and environmental challenges, game reserves are struggling. Should the parks be allowed to raise funds through animal utilization programs? Many game parks have already amassed great quantities of tusks from unavoidable elephant deaths but official policy and public opinion prevent their sale. This program explores the financial and ecological problems faced by African safari parks and, citing conditions at Chobe National Park, argues that misguided sentimentalism on the part of "animal rights fanatics" is having a harmful effect. The video also explains why banning the sale of ivory has not put an end to poaching.
Online
2002
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A Vision for the Future [electronic resource]: Species Protection in Africa

Due to a continuing loss of habitat, Africa is rapidly losing its biodiversity. Conservation efforts have been hampered by disputes between supporters of sustainable use and animal rights lobbyists, although a number of controversial programs have been put into place. Cheetahs are now bred successfully in captivity but activists object to the selling of offspring to zoos. Very impactful and very contentious has been the establishment of game farms that generate income from trophy hunting. This video describes these programs along with some initiatives that benefit impoverished farmers and animals both, including an innovative project that puts ex-poachers in charge of protecting wildlife.
Online
2002