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Mapantsula

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Panic is a mapantsula, a Zulu term for a petty crook. Set in South Africa, he is imprisoned with anti-apartheid activists. There he is transformed into a man willing to become involved with social change.
DVD
2008; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Allah Tantou (a la Grâce de Dieu)

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Through home movies, old newsreels, letters and fictional reconstruction of imprisonment, this film examines the life of the filmmaker's father, Marof Achkar, a diplomat under the Sekou Toure regime, who later disappeared into the Guinean gulag. This film reevaluates the turbulent decade of African independence and discusses its relevance to the new political order on the continent.
DVD
2007; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ça Twiste à Poponguine: Rocking Popenguine

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A coming of age story 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.
DVD
2005; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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Faat Kine

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The drama of Faat Kine, an independent single mother and business woman who runs a gas station franchise; and also born in 1960, the same year Senegalese independence was attained.
DVD
2001; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ainsi Meurent les Anges: And So Angels Die

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A Senegalese poet living in France suffers from existential malaise, exacerbated by his turbulent relationship with his father.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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La Vie Est Belle

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La Vie est belle tells the rags to riches story of Kourou, a poor rural musician who realizes that to succeed in today's music world he must go to the city and break into radio and television. In Kinshasa he uses his wit and talent to win a beautiful wife, trick his greedy boss and succeed in singing his "theme song" on national television. Although the film is primarily entertainment, it reveals much about class divisions, male-female relations, the desires of the urban poor, and the economic and social problems confronting rural immigrants to the cities of Zaire.
DVD
2000; 1987
Clemons (Stacks)
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Zan Boko

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Zan boko means "the place where the placenta is buried" and symbolizes the continuity between past and present in African village societies. Tells the story of one village swallowed up by one of Africa's large cities and the change from agrarian society to a mass media culture.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Karmen Geï

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Karmen escapes prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden. She then wrecks the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who, in a fit of jealous rage, stabs her. Contains much singing and dancing.
DVD
2005; 2001
Clemons (Stacks)