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1.

Africa's Children [electronic resource]: Kenyan Women in Transition

This program explores the pressures on female adolescents in the Third World through the stories of four young Kenyan women growing up in a time of cultural upheaval: Christine, a Masai who escaped an arranged marriage so she could study law; Dekha, brought up in a rigidly patriarchal Muslim town, who aspires to be a doctor; Anastasia, who works on her family's farm while yearning to become a Catholic nun; and Mboone, who dreams of exchanging her affluent urban lifestyle for a career of service in the UN, to help improve the lives of women all over the world. Female circumcision, polygyny, AIDS, reproductive choice, equal access to education, and other issues are discussed with candor.
Online
2005; 2000
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Black Man's Land Trilogy: Images of Colonialism and Independence in Kenya

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A trilogy which traces the history of British imperialism in Kenya from early white settlement through nationalist movements of the twentieth century and up to the death of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first prime minister, in 1978.
DVD
2010; 1979
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Boys of Baraka

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Follows a group of 12-year-old boys from the most violent ghettos of Baltimore to the Baraka School, an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya, where children live by strict guidelines, yet are given the freedom to grow.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Carbon for Water [electronic resource]

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Carbon for Water shares the story of the hardships of the people in Kenya's Western Province, where safe drinking water is scarce and the wood fuel used to boil water for purification is expensive. These two factors conspire to make waterborne illness a daily--and life-threatening--reality among the already poor population. Women and girls are especially vulnerable; they often miss school or work when fetching wood, and some even fall victim to sexual violence in the process. This award-winning film shares a unique solution to this age-old, and worsening, problem. An innovative company has financed the distribution and maintenance of 900,000 water filters in Western Province, funded entirely by carbon credits awarded for reductions in use of wood fuel, both current and anticipated. T [...]
Online
2011
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Chronicle of a Savanna Marriage

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A unique view of the life and culture of the Masai. For 15 years, the filmmaker monitored Nayiani's life, a Masai on the savanna of southern Kenya. The story begins in 1979 when Nayiani is 14, and has been promised in marriage to the son of her father's good friend. Nayiani undergoes circumcision, a procedure that both boys and girls go through to be considered adults. As time passes, Nayiani adjusts to her new home, and to her husband's additional wives.
DVD
1984
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chronicle of a Savanna Marriage

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For fifteen years, the filmmaker has monitored Nayiani s life, a Masai on the savanna of southern Kenya. The story begins in 1979 when Nayiani is fourteen, and has been promised in marriage to the son of her father's good friend. Nayiani undergoes circumcision, a procedure that both boys and girls go through to be considered adults. The years immediately after he wedding prove difficult ones for Nayiami. She continuously longs to return to her family. But gradually, as time passes, she grows accustomed to her new home. Eventually, her husband Lekumok brings home additional wives, since his herd of cattle is now so large that he needs and can afford additional women in his household. Nayiami welcomes the companionship and help. Even on the savanna, time does not stand still. The famil [...]
Online
1998
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Citizen Oketch

George and Esther struggle to raise a family in Africa's largest slum. Both are HIV positive but in a way that doesn't count in this doc. HIV has become normal and that's how George and Esther deal with it. This film is rather about love in the middle of a war-torn slum. A film about being African in today's Africa and how, at the lowest denominator, people deal with hardship and can still find life a joy. Citizen Oketch does not demand we pity George's family but rather it throws a potent and refreshing light on human resilience.
Online
2016; 2009
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The Constant Gardener

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In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle is found brutally murdered. Tessa's companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and all the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa's widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle, will leave the matter to them. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife's infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, Justin risks his own life and will stop at nothing to expose the truth - a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
DVD
2006; 2005
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The Day I Will Never Forget

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This film examines the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya and the pioneering African women who are bravely reversing the tradition. Women speak candidly about the practice and explain its cultural significance within Kenyan society. From gripping testimonials by young women who share the painful aftermath of their trauma to interviews with elderly matriarchs who stubbornly stand behind the practice, the filmmaker paints a complex portrait of the current polemics and conflicts that have allowed this procedure to exist well into modern times.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Diary of a Maasai Village

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A study of life in a Maasai village as a representation of the Maasai people in Kenya. An attempt to describe a moment in the history of the Laibon's family.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)
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Eye in the Sky

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Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
DVD
2016
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Families of Kenya: Families of the World

Eleven-year-old Prince is a sixth grader who lives in the city of Nairobi with his mother, who owns a preschool; father, a purchasing agent; and older siblings Ian and Shelby. Eleven-year-old John starts his day on his family's farm at five a.m., helping his parents and brother, Jeffrey, with household chores like tending to their many animals. Then it's an hour-long walk to school where he attends the seventh grade six days a week.
Online
2014; 2010
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Fighting Poverty in Kenya [electronic resource]: Water Pumps for Farmers

NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the story of how a California man sees the chance to increase access to clean water in Kenya through the use of foot-powered pumps. Origina?
Online
2010
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The First Grader

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A heartwarming and inspiring true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. It is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education.
DVD
2011; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Flame Trees of Thika

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A dramatization of the memoirs of Elspeth Huxley, this is the story of a young British girl and her parents journey to the unspoiled wilderness of East Africa in 1913. There they struggle to transform a rugged plot of land into a farm -- and a home.
VHS
1992; 1981
Ivy (By Request)
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The Flame Trees of Thika: The Acclaimed Memoir of an African Childhood

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An account of growing up in Kenya during the waning days of British colonialism, ending with the start of World War I.
DVD
2005; 1981
Clemons (Stacks)
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Flip-Flotsam [electronic resource]

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Ever wonder what happens to your flip-flops when they are discarded? This film examines the journey of the humble flip-flop in a small corner of Africa. Beginning in the factories of Mombasa, where 20 million pairs a year are made, many come to the small Swahili island of Lamu. Lamu cobblers specialize in flip-flop maintenance, while those too damaged to repair are washed into the ocean with the island's rubbish. That is how many come to the shores of Kiwaiyu Island, where islanders ingeniously carve life back into the tide's offerings, providing precious income for many families. The carvings go back to the shop-lined shores of Mombasa, where first their journey began.
Visual MaterialsOnline
2004; 2003
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A Fresh Look at Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania [electronic resource]

This program spotlights the eastern African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. In Aksum and Addis Ababa, Jonathan Dimbleby learns about initiatives to improve farming across Ethiopia; follows a pilgrimage to Aksum's Church of St. Mary of Zion; observes the Eid al-Adha festival in Addis Ababa; attends a session of a coffee-growers' commodity exchange; and visits some fair trade businesses. In Nairobi and Makutano, he sees firsthand how the cell phone revolution is transforming Kenya; considers the positive social significance of the soap opera Makutano Junction; and explains how new highways are enhancing economic growth. And in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, he takes part in Tanzanian independence day festivities and applauds the nation's freedom of speech, a vital force for democracy.
Online
2010
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Global Disease Detectives in Kibera [electronic resource]

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Robert Brieman, M.D., of CDC's Global Disease Detection Program covers disease surveillance and prevention that is conducted in Africa's "largest continuous slum," Kibera. Explains the importance of the activities to health policy development for other populations given the possibilities of international disease transmission.
Online
2010
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Good Fortune

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Are international aid programs in Africa undermining the very communities they aim to help? Good Fortune is a rare and intimate portrait of two vibrant Kenyan communities, one rural, one urban, battling to save their homes and businesses from large-scale development organizations. Both communities believe the aid projects will devastate their lives and are organizing to fight back. Part I: Jackson and Dominion Farms. In the rural countryside, an American company is threatening to flood Jackson's family farm. The company has invested over $21 million in a commercial rice farm in the region that they say will stimulate the economy, create employment, and provide infrastructure. But to irrigate its farm, the company is planning to flood over 1100 acres of local farmland, including the h [...]
Online
2010