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The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus"

A documentary of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.
2008; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)

Have You Seen Drum Recently? [electronic resource]: The Story of a Black Magazine in a White World

First published in South Africa during the 1950s, Drum magazine became a rallying point for black people as the anti-apartheid movement took shape. The publication, which featured liberal articles by such intellectuals as Lewis Nkosi, Can Themba, and Henry Nxumalo, gave voice to the movement, helping Nelson Mandela and his compatriots. Drum was more than a magazine - it was an expression of a new way of life. Among the highlights of this documentary is footage of the young Mandela and Oliver Tambo as they conduct political meetings and confrontations. The apartheid regime eventually closed the magazine down, but its legacy lives on to this day.

From Arusha to Arusha [electronic resource]: Seeking Justice for Rwanda

Focusing on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, this film examines the international justice system and studies the activities of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which is prosecuting those responsible for the tragedy as well as those of the gacaca courts, or grass courts - the people's tribunals - who are working toward justice through reconciliation. By juxtaposing archival footage of an international court enacting justice behind closed doors with images and testimony gathered in the field, the film presents conflicting points of view and invites the Rwandan people to reappropriate their own history. Director Christophe Gargot has his roots in the rich documentary tradition of filmmakers who are interested in focusing on the rituals of large institutions. This film ex [...]

Schadeberg [electronic resource]: Black-White

The photographer Jurgen Schadeberg captured a revolution. His images defined Drum, the first black magazine, and his life became the subject for a Hollywood film. As he returns to South Africa, his story casts a vivid light on the role of the artist, as well as on South Africa's troubled past and uneasy climate today. "In 1994, when Nelson Mandela came, we all believed in the rainbow nation. But apartheid is back. It's starting all over again. We were perhaps naïve," says Schadeberg, realizing that his work in documenting this country is far from over. This visually rich documentary brings viewers closer to the experience of apartheid and its legacy than ever before.
2010; 2012

Flowers of Rwanda [electronic resource]: Making Peace With Genocide

Can killers and survivors coexist in peace? That is the crucial question facing Rwanda a dozen years after the genocide that claimed the lives of approximately 800,000 people-and the subject of this multi-award-winning documentary. Using interviews with Joseph Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture; Freddy Mutanguha, director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center; and numerous survivors, Flowers of Rwanda considers whether forgiveness and reconciliation can truly be achieved so the country can eradicate the ignorance and extremism that paved the way for monumental atrocity.
2009; 2008

Stop the Flow [electronic resource]: Analyzing the Causes of EU Immigration

Can Western aid to the developing world help to stem the tide of foreign workers into the EU? This program reports on European initiatives intended to improve conditions in Africa and the Middle East and thus reduce the number of job-seekers entering the European Union. With a spotlight on human rights, fair trade, the global war on poverty, the role of the private sector, and the frustrations of young unemployed foreigners, the program uses Morocco as a specific case study and also outlines the significance of the Middle East peace process. Additional insight comes from activists and businesspeople in developing countries and from Louis Michel, EU Commissioner of Development and Humanitarian Aid.

The Colonists (1652 - 1795)

This program starts with the arrival of a Dutch sailing vessel that would change the future of the African continent: Jan van Riebeeck is supposed to establish a supply station for European ships sailing the long ocean routes, gathering riches from all over the world. Contact between the earliest settlers and the natives was initially peaceful: copper and tobacco were traded for cattle and sheep. As the influx of settlers from Europe into the “Promised Land” kept growing, so did the demand for land and cattle, which started to worry the natives. The first conflicts arose. The White intruders did not care much for the people who had been living here for thousands of years, but fascinating rock paintings of the San provide impressive insights into their civilization. With the help of r [...]
2017; 2009

Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin

Continues the history of people of African descent, including topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving black economic communities were undermined in America, hidden truths about Native Americans, and more.
2013; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism

This installment of Hidden Colors tackles the taboo subject of systematic racism. The film explores how institutional racism effects all areas of human activity and the rules, laws and public policies that are utilized to maintain this system.
Clemons (Stacks)

Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy

Explores the motivation behind European global subjugation, the history of rarely discussed vast West African empires, how germ warfare is used on melanted people, and the history of slave breeding farms in America.
Clemons (Stacks)

Eight Films by Jean Rouch

"Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters, through 1969's darkly comic Little by Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch's practice of "shared anthropology," a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored and released for the first time, Eight films by Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. Included in this box set are eight newly restored films o [...]
Clemons (Stacks)