"The origins of the 17th century West African slave trade are vividly dramatized in Adanggaman, a controversial story which looks at the role black Africans had in the enslavement of their own people." By Ivory Coast director, Roger Gnoan M'Bala. Review by John Thornton, Boston University History Professor. New York Times review of the film. [KF] See also a 2001 review in the Village Voice (New York) and excerpt from the book Focus on African Films by Françoise Pfaff. Used to be istributed by New Yorker Films. [KF]

Adwa: An African Victory
Film by Haile Gerima which "documents the victory of Ethiopian patriots over the invading colonial power of Italy at Adwa, in the northern part of Ethiopia in 1896. The victory was not only a historical landmark to Ethiopians, but became a beacon for Pan-Africanism around the world." [KF]

In French and English. Internet television broadcasts of games of the African Champions League (2006), Africa Cup of Nations. "AFNEX est une entité de LC2 Médias, filiale du groupe LC2 TVNETELECOM qui opère dans le domaine de la télédiffusion, de la télécommunication et de l'interconnexion. Principes de fonctionnement : AFNEX "African Network and News Exchange" est le premier réseau africain permettant de reçevoir, envoyer et partager des programmes sportifs, socioculturels, économiques et politiques de la communauté africaine à travers le monde." " Les pays partenaires d'AFNEX sont les télévisions privées et/ou publiques des pays africains." Based in Paris.

Africa 24 Media
Video programs from journalists, African broadcasters and NGO’s in Africa. TV broadcasters can purchase video for their channels. Current affairs, culture, sports, health, historical (Tom Mboya), photographs. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Africa Channel
TV channel with African programming, music concerts, news, lifestyle, travel, films, soap operas. Not carried in all areas. Has shown Big Brother Africa. Rebroadcasts shows written and produced by Africans, re-edited to include commercials for American viewers. The CEO is James Makawa. Based in Los Angeles and Johannesburg. [KF]

Launching June 2011 "will include a catalogue of 500 African film titles –about 400 hours worth of movies" "feature films, TV series and soaps, documentaries, animations, concerts and cartoons." "focuses on both 'made in Africa' and African Diaspora's films." "guarantees fair revenue to African filmmakers and producers"

Africa in Motion.TV
Online television channel to watch trailers, shorts, documentaries, interviews and animations. Hosted by Ethical TV. Hand Up Media can help you create your own TV channel.
Has short online films such as the Positive Ladies Soccer Club "about HIV-positive women who use soccer to fight stigma."
Democracy in Dakar - "Documentary exploring the role of hip-hop on politics during the 2007 Senegalese elections."

Africa in Motion - Edinburgh African Film Festival
Annual African film festival. Descriptions of each film, press articles, audience comments, symposium, roundtables, reading list, where to buy/rent films, etc. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. [KF]

Africa in the Picture, Film Festival in the Netherlands, September 2009
In Dutch and English. "now in its 12th edition..... the theme of the september 2009 festival will be "Crisis, what crisis". During the festival, more than 50 films produced in Africa or by directors with African roots willl be shown in Amsterdam and six other Dutch cities. The current festival director is Heidi Lobato" - Katrien Polman. Web sites of past festivals are online.

Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA
Annual film awards (films by the Diaspora are eligible). "an offshoot of the African Film Academy." Film making courses. Founded in Nigeria, offices in South Africa, Kenya. Brings "together filmmakers, directors, producers, make-up artists and actors from across the African continent, has been held in Bayelsa [Nigeria] since the first edition of the event in 2005." [KF]

Sells Nigerian films on video, news of the Nigerian movie industry, artist (actor) of the month feature. Film categories include Christian, Yoruba, Ibo, Horror, Cultural, Comedy, Music Videos, Romance. is a a subsidiary of Dynamics. Based in Brooklyn, New York. Site owner is Bethels Agomuoh. [KF]

Africa - PBS / National Geographic / Thirteen/WNET NY Television Series, Sept. 9 - Oct. 28, 2001
Eight episodes covers the Savanna and a woman moving from the city to rural life (Serengeti, Tanzania), the Sahara (a 9 year old boy from Niger crosses the desert on camel to collect and sell salt, etc. Each episode has a slide shows, video clips (requires sound card, speakers). Photoscopes cover AIDS, urban life, conflict, women. There is an African Challenge quiz and teachers' guide (in Adobe PDF). In the Africa for Kids section on the web site, spend a day with kids from Ghana and e-mail them, play the thumb piano / record your tune, (requires Flash, sound card), listen to a Swahili tale or read it yourself, make a Dogon mask.

Africa TV
Free short documentaries on development issues in Africa, Kenyan athletes at the High Performance Training Centre in Eldoret, Zanzibar's old Stone Town, etc. . From Africa Interactive BV, "an media company that provides online channels with a focus on Africa." "Africa Interactive BV is a media company producing and conducting an international, interactive and multimedia platform, focussed on Africa." Connected with the AfricaInteractive Foundcation. Based in Haarlem, Netherlands. [KF]

African Art Videos - Professor Christopher Roy
"...videos, filmed in rural villages in Africa since 2001..." "These DVDs are especially useful to those who collect African art, who teach African art history or anthropology,....." Topics include - A Day in the Life of a Village in Africa; Death of an African King: The Funeral of the Omanhene of Techiman; The Beauty Competition of the Wodaabe People of Niger; African Art as Theater (masks); The Talking Drums of Techiman; Brewing Millet Beer in Africa, Countries covered - Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger. Prof. Roy is Professor of Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

African Cinema
Discussion forum on African film, the film industry. "The African Cinema Conference is a virtual summit on current issues, government regulations, festival offerings and other pertinent information as it relates to the distribution of African films and video productions. This unmoderated group is open to all with a strong desire to write, direct, produce and distribute African related films & videos."

African Cinema Summer Institute, Dakar, Senegal, June 8 to July 6, 2005
" to US College and University faculty in the humanities and social sciences. Faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving (HSI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are also particularly encouraged to apply." Application deadline: March 1, 2005. Directed by Mbye Cham and Manthia Diawara. "surveys the history, theories, aesthetics and criticism of African cinema from 1960 to the present." Reading list, film list. Sponsored by Howard University. [KF]

African Diasporan Film Festival
"We distribute films that focus on the human experience of black people in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe. All these films were shown during our annual African Diaspora Film Festival in New York." From ArtMattan Productions.

African Family Film Foundation
Brief descriptions of films by Santa Cruz, Calif. filmmaker, Taale Laafi Rosellini - Adama, the Fulani Magician (22 minutes), Diro and His Talking Musical Bow (11 min.), Dance of the Bella (11 min.)

African Film Festival, Inc., AFF
Nonprofit, annual film festival. Founded 1990. Based in New York City.

African Movie Place - Facebook Page
Sells African movies.

African Movies Direct
Sells videos from Nigeria, Ghana, African soccer films, etc. Based in San Diego, CA.

African Studies Center, Leiden - African Cinema II
"...web dossier..... selection of titles of books, articles and documentaries on cinema in Africa published since 2003," Has links to African Film festival web sites. This is a sequel to their 2003 dossier, African Cinema. Site created to conincide with the Africa in the Picture 2009 film festival.

African Studies Videos - U.C. Berkeley
An annotated list of the Africa-related videos and audiocassettes in the Univ. of California, Berkeley Media Resource Center.

African Union of Broadcasting
Formerly Union of National Radio and Television Organizations of Africa, URTNA. Based in Dakar, Senegal.

African Video Film Arts Festival, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, October 28-31, 2007

African Women in Cinema Blog
" provide a space to discuss diverse topics relating to African women in cinema--filmmakers, actors, producers, and all film professionals.... a public forum of the Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema. As a directory of African women in cinema websites. Maintained by Beti Ellerson.

African Women in Cinema Project - Beti Ellerson
" for researching and teaching African Women Cinema Studies, with a guide to the film and book, Sisters of the Screen as well as a timeline. Includes bibliographies, filmography, suggested films, excerpts from comments by women directors, web sites. Dr. Ellerson is a Lecturer in Art History, Howard University, Washington, D.C. [KF]

The Africans
Information on ordering the video series and study guides for the 9-program series hosted by Prof. Ali Mazrui. "Take a journey to 16 African countries to examine the major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and the Islamic religion." Produced by WETA/Washington, DC, and the BBC. 1986.

TV from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Malawi, Botswana. Must Register (which is free). Watch Movies, dramas, entertainment specials, documentaries on your computer. Sample free short film clips and previews from films. Purchase DVDs/videos ($80-$200). Short profiles of film directors. [Best if you have a fast internet connection.] Based in Westport, Connecticut. Produced by Africast Global Media, Inc., a Delaware Corporation formed in February, 2004.[KF]

Africultures, le mensuel des cultures africaines (Les Pilles, Nyons, France)
Mainly in French, some articles in English. Site for the print journal. Articles on African films, film festivals, French television programs on Africa, etc. Covers arts, literature, cinema, music, theater.

Afrika Film Festival - "Belgian African Film Festival"
Began 1996. "Ideally the AFF wishes to ensure that, in every town in Flanders, several African films are shown at least once every year."

Afro Hollywood (London)
A United Kingdom based film, television and publishing company.

Afrovision TV
In French, English, and other languages. Free African music videos, TV news from Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Reuters, TV5 (French). Movies (some free, some for pay), soccer / football (mainly grainy highlights, in English or French). E-mail video links to friends or put a link on your blog or web page. Upload your own videos. Based in the U.S.

Sells DVDs, videos. Prices not given. Has Customer Reviews. Location of site not indicated.

Aluta Film Festival (South Africa)
"South Africa’s premier township cinema event held each year in Kimberley’s vibrant township: Galeshewe."

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-part Harmony
Director: Lee Hirsch. Studio: Artisan Entertainment. Film released February 19, 2003. Biographies of its stars: Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu, Sibongile Khumalo, Vusi Mahlasela, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Thandi Modise, Sifiso Ntuli, Sibusiso Nxumalo, Dolly Rathebe, Lindiwe Zulu. Audio clips from the soundtrack, movie reviews, press releases. has a movie trailer.

American Friends Service - Video Lendng Library
To borrow film, give a modest donation plus shipping costs. Films include - Wangari Maathi: Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2005), Battle of Algiers (1996) , A Luta Continua (1971), King Leopold and the Belgian Congo: The Hidden European Genocide (1999, an interview with Adam Hochschild), Rwandan Nightmare (1994), Side By Side: Women Against AIDS in Zimbabwe (1993), Song of Umm Dalaila: The Story of the Sahrawis (1993, on Western Sahara), and others. [KF]

Arab Film Distribution
Distributes cinemas of the Arab world in North America. Has films from North Africa including the Sudan. All films have English subtitles. Based in Seattle, Washington.

ArtMattan Productions (New York, NY)
Has 35mm, 16mm and videos from Africa, the Caribbean, South America for rental and sale. Including "Haramuya", "Le Damier", and "Faraw! Mother of the Dunes". They are producers of the African Diasporan Film Festival in New York.

"...the website of ComMattersKenya Limited, a Nairobi-based arts, culture, communications and media firm......covers fine art, books, music & dance, film, video & television, fashion & beauty, puppetry, storytelling & theatre, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,..." Web magazine founded by Ogova Ondego. Articles on copyright in Kenya, homosexuality, festivals, etc. [KF]

Association pour la diffusion de la pensée française (ADPF). Cinémathèque Afrique (Paris)
In French. "la Cinémathèque Afrique du ministère des Affaires étrangères met à la disposition des organismes à vocation culturelle, sociale ou éducative plus de 500 films - courts et longs métrage de fiction, animations, documentaires - des années 60 à nos jours." Has a database of films. Find documentaries such as "A Minuit, l'Independance" (Reportage sur les cérémonies de l'indépendance dans les quatre Etats de l'Entente. Les 1er, 3, 5 et 7 août 1960, à minuit, quatre nouveaux chefs d' État prononcent solennellement l'indépendance de leurs pays : Hubert Maga pour le Dahomey, Hamani Diori pour le Niger, Maurice Yaméogo pour la Haute-Volta, Félix Houphouet-Boigny pour la Cote d'Ivoire...), a film on Aime Cesaire, "Tirailleurs d'ailleurs" a film on a member of the 15ème Régiment des Tirailleurs Sénégalais, plus ethnographies, feature films.

Director / Writer: Abderrahmane Sissako.   IMDb information. Review of the film in the New York Times review and in The Guardian. DVD from Amazon.

Black Camera
Published by Indiana University Press. Journal "devoted to the study and documentation of the black cinematic experience" Essays, book reviews, film reviews, film archives news. Full text access requires a subscription. [KF]

Black Drama (Alexander Street Press)
Access by paid license. Many universities subscribe. Full text plays from the mid-1800s to the present including playwrights from English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora.
Writers included - Wole Soyinka, David Edgecombe, Una Marson, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Bode Sowande, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Femi Osofisan, Yulisa Amadu Maddy, Duro Lapido, 'Zulu Sofola, Gus Edwards, Fatima Dike, Ama Ata Aidoo, Francis D. Imbuga, Joe Coleman de Graft, Richard Rive, Mustapha Mature, and others.

Black (Washington, D.C.)
Its Nommo speakers bureau represents Haile Gerima, Euzhan Palcy, Raoul Peck and others. Information on funding resources and film-related links. Also the home of Jezebel Filmworks, a "video and film service company that specializes in planning and producing creative productions such as: industrial videos, music videos, public service announcements, documentaries, commercials..."

Black International Cinema
In German and English. Film festival in Germany working with the Fountainhead Tanz Theatre and The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/Munich. Programs and films from Africa and the African diaspora. h

Has small number of Africa-related videos.

BOB TV, Best of the Best African Film and TV Programmes Market
Holds an annual event in Abuja (in collaboration with the Nigerian Government) to promote Nigerian TV, films, and allied industries. Database of Nigerian businesses whicih sell Nigerian films. Industry news. [KF]

Border Crossings
Blog by Michael Walling, Artistic Director of Border Crossings, on filming of The Dilemma of a Ghost, the play by Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo.

Boston University. African Studies Center. Outreach Program
Has a 25 page list of African videos.They also have over 2000 slides which can be borrowed. They will lend their videos and slides to educators in the U.S. The Program produced a video, "What Do We Know About Africa?" - "an introductory 30-minute video discussing and dispelling stereotypes while providing a basic overview of the continent's geography, culture, and history." It includes a curriculum guide. Their Outreach Director is Dr. Barbara B. Brown.

Brilliant Image Productions
Established in 2001 in Kenya by Julius Keya, an international filmmaker. Video productions ranging from documentaries, music videos, advertisements, feature films. Videos clips of films. Produced a film on Gacaca (Rwanda). Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

British Pathe Film Archive
A rich video news archive covering historical events, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970. ITN now distributes British Pathe film. [KF]

Broadcast, Film and Convergence
" on broadcast and film, distribution, investment, regulation and policy and technology and convergence from all over Africa." Free subscription. Published by Balancing Acts' Southwood Consultants Ltd.

Bullfrog Films
Educational videos; has African studies titles. Their Life series, (which appeared on the BBC, produced by Television Trust for the Environment), looks at the effects of globalization on ordinary people. African topics: China and Africa, health in South Africa, women's rights in Ethiopia and Nigeria, girls' education, children's health in Ghana, Uganda debt relief, land rights for the San ("bushmen") in South Africa. Distributes A Great Wonder on the "Lost Boys of Sudan." Based near Reading, Pennsylvania. [KF]

California Newsreel. Library of African Cinema
500 Third Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA 94107. See the Library of African Cinema. Extensive film catalog, descriptions and background on the films, distributes films by African directors Djibril Diop Mambety, Gaston Kabore, etc. Films include "Hyenas", "The Blue Eyes of Yonta", "Monday's Girls". On-line transcript of Long Night's Journey Into Day. Study guides for Flame; Keita: Heritage of the Griot; Long Night's Journey into Day; La petite vendeuse de Soleil; Pièces d'Identités; Rostov-Luanda; A Son of Africa (about Olaudah Equiano); Three Tales from Senegal; A Walk in the Night;; and others.

U-Carmen eKhayelitsha
A South African film, based on Georges Bizet's Carmen, and set in a Cape Town township, wins the top award, the Golden Bear, at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Mark Dornford-May. The libretto was translated into Xhosa. From From

Cascade Festival of African Films - Portland Community College
Month long festival of films. Has directory of African film festivals, African events in the area. Founded in 1991 by College faculty. Sponsors include Africa-related Oregon organizations. Based in Portland, Oregon.

Cinema Guild, Inc. (New York)
Its African Studies film collection includes the series, "No Easy Walk" on the independence struggle in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, a video portrait of Chinua Achebe, films on South Africa, Liberia, Namibia, Eritrea, Mozambique, Angola (After the Battle), the Gambia, and other topics. Recent videos (Judgement Day, Hard Earth, On the Border, The Man Who Drove With Mandela, The Return.)

Les Cinémas d'Afrique. l'encyclopédie du film africain
In French. Database of African films, mainly older and in French. Find films or directors by country, category, genre, year. From the TV station, TV5 Monde. [KF]

Cinémathèque française
In French. Has a library, museum, exhibitions. Search their catalogs for films, etc. Non-profit private body (with funding from the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication via le Centre National de la Cinématographie.) Held Africamania, January 17-March 2, 2008 - "Avec Africamania, il s’agira de retracer au travers de 80 films 50 ans du cinéma africain, d’en retrouver et d'en redécouvrir les grands auteurs (Sembene Ousmane, Désiré Ecaré, Djibril Diop Mambety, Souleymane Cissé, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Gaston Kaboré et bien d’autres…)..."

Cinemovel - "Mozambique Where Film Goes"
In Italian and English. Day by day account of a team of Italian filmmakers three month in 2001 traveling cinema showing films throughout Mozambique and providing HIV/AIDS education. The film itself has scenes from the commemoration of the death of President Samora Machel in a plane crash with appearances by President Joaquim Chissano, Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel [Mandela]. Was the opening film for the 2002 Stanford University United Nations Association Film Festival. Site of the Union Comunicazione, Lugo, Italy. [KF]

Clarity Films
Clarity Educational Productions, Inc. is a non-profit formed in 1979. Director Connie Field produced a 7-film documentary series, Have You Heard from Johannesburg? on the international anti-apartheid movement.

Colonial Film: Moving Images of The British Empire
"information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies" Over 150 films available for viewing online. Search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. "will produce a detailed online catalogue of the entire corpus of films representing British colonies either factually or fictionally held by the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum." Will produce "30 hours of digitised film." Has sample catalog entries. Site hosted by the British Film Institute.

Commonwealth Film Festival
The 2003 Festival is 6th - 15th June 2003, Manchester, U.K. "Screenings include Light Drops (O Gotejar da Luz)(Dir:Vendrell, Mozambique), Xenopoulos' Promised Land (Dir: Xenopoulos, South Africa), Shanda (Dir: Riber, Zimbabwe) and A Lion's Trail (Dir: Verster, South Africa). A selection of some of the best, most vibrant short films from Africa and the Carribean will also be screened under the Short House programme, Canned Oracles. Includes seminars, masterclasses and Q & A sessions, hosted by leading international industry experts."

Community Video Education Trust, CVET
Online "digital archive of videos taken in South Africa in the late 1980s and early 1990s." "demonstrations, speeches, mass funerals, celebrations, and interviews with activists." Find videos by people, organizations, and genre (Interviews, Demonstrations, Speeches, Funerals, Meetings, Celebrations, Drama). Over 90 hours of streamed video principally of Cape Town 1980s protests. Produced by the Community Video Education Trust and the South African Film and Video Project (SAFVP) at Michigan State University. Based in Cape Town.

Conference - SCOLMA Conference. 17 June 2009. Africa and the Moving Image: the Role of Libraries and Archives
"...questions relating to the production and preservation of moving image from and about Africa. What is happening in the world of African film and DVD production?" SCOLMA is a " forum for librarians and others concerned with the provision of materials for African studies in libraries in the United Kingdom."

Content ^Bridge
State of Sudan's Film & Creative Industries, new African films, film festivals. Related links such as photographs of African cinema locales. Maintained by Todd Lester, an independent consultant for participatory and development communications.

Critical Arts
Has the full text of selected articles. Topics include women's issues, documentary video production, popular culture, literature, etc. Published by the Graduate Program in Culture and Media Studies, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. and

Cry Freetown
Documentary film by Sierra Leonean, Sorious Samura. Samura won the 1999 Rory Peck Freelance Television Cameraman Award and the Mohamed Amin award for footage which appears in this film. Also won a 1999 Free Press-Africa award. Brief history of Sierra Leone, interview, online store. Site based in London. [KF]

C-Span - Cable Television Station Video Library
Free online videos from the U.S. cable television station, C-Span. Covers 1987- date. Very large selection on African figures and topics. Videos may also be purchased.

Darwin's Nightmare
Documentary film directed by Hubert Sauper. 107 minutes. "an extraordinary work of visual journalism" - New York Times Aug. 3, 2005. Best Documentary 2004 - European Film Awards. "cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch [of fish] in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent." Nominated for the Academy Awards (held March 2006) in the 2005 Best Documentary Feature category. Filmed in Tanzania.

Dear Europe
"On August 2, 1999, two illegal passengers were found frozen to death in the luggage compartment of a Sabena aeroplane. The two passengers from Guinea in Africa were 14 and 15 years old. The boys brought a letter with them, directed to the leaders of Europe. In this letter they ask Europe to give their help to Africa. Based on the accounts of those who knew the boys, this film tells the story they can no longer tell themselves." Site of Netherlands Public Broadcasting, the umbrella organisation of the Dutch public broadcasting companies. NPB also distributes Guinea-Bissau Youth, a film about children from Guinea-Bissau. "They are penniless, but by no means low on ideas. We follow a group of boys preparing for the most important thing in their lives, the carnival parade. We see how children make the most fantastic toys from worthless materials."

District 9
Rotten Tomatoes Review - " Genre master Peter Jackson produces this science-fiction film, the directorial debut of Neill Blomkamp. In District 9, South Africa has become a haven for refugees--from outer space." "Far from your average monster debauchery or invasion extravaganza, District 9 operates as an allegory for apartheid, xenophobia, corporate malfeasance, gentrification, and the dog-eat-dog nature of living in poverty under hostile and oppressive conditions."

Documentary Educational Resources
A non-profit which produces ethnography films/videos, based in Massachusetts. Claims to have the world's largest collection of films/videos on the !Kung San (Bushmen) of Namibia. John Marshall, President of DER, created the films The Hunters and N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman. Also films on Botswana | Ghana | Kenya | Madagascar | Mali | Morocco | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | South Africa | Tanzania | Uganda | Western Sahara. [KF]

Search a database of films on social issues and other documentaries from eight distributors *. Find films on Africa by keyword, title, topic, grade level, format.

  • Bullfrog Films - environmental videos
  • California Newsreel
  • Direct Cinema Limited
  • Fanlight Productions - healthcare, family & gender
  • Frameline
  • Icarus Films - many Africa-related titles
  • New Day Films - social issues
  • Women Make Movies - feminist media arts

"...independent documentary production company – was formed by Craig Matthew and Joëlle Chesselet in 1987 when South Africa was still governed by the apartheid system." Films include Katjira’s Dream on the Himba people’s contemporary challenges, Ochre and Water on the threat to the Himba of a new dam (includes music audio sample), Narrative of Betrayal on Angola, This crazy thing called Grace on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Durban International Film Festival
Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. "over 200 screenings of films.....with a special focus on films from South African and Africa" "seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers." Festival history.

DV8 - Electric African Cinema
DV8 was formed by South African film producers Jeremy Nathan and Joel Phiri. "If you are interested in submitting your scripts for a digital feature film to us, please send the following information to Please note that only projects submitted online will be considered." "Each and every Dv8 film must be originated on the digital format; The films can be produced anywhere in South Africa." Films include Forgiveness, Good Morning Max, Harry Moonstar, P-I-G. Based in Johannesburg.

Sells Nigerian Movies / Films. "We buy from Nigeria direct ensuring the producers and all involved back home get to enjoy the fruit of their labour." Movie synopses / reviews. Articles on the stars. Links to sites of movie stars, musicians. Films are $12.50. Shipping within the U.S. is free. Shipping to international countries is free for up to 4 movies through USPS.

Ethiopian Broadcasting Service, EBS TV
In Amharic and English. "a privately held media company established in 2008 in Silver Spring, MD" News from Ethiopia, Africa, elsewhere. Diaspora reports. Some free sample programs are online. Subscription programs on Ethiopian history, culture lifestyle, sports, entertainment, tourism, and business. Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.

Rent or purchase "foreign, classic, cult, independent, experimental, and obscure videos." Has African films. Based in Chicago.

Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers
Two hour documentary on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, produced by Public Affairs Television, Inc. "Interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, apartheid victims, former officers of state security, ...reveal the difficulties of mending a nation bitterly divided by race and oppression." Has an educator's guide and organizations guide in Adobe .pdf format. $44.95 for the two videocassettes.

FESPACO,  Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou
Official web site, in French and English. The next festival will be held 24 f?vrier au 3 mars 2001 ? Ouagadougou. Includes information on their film library, a list of the FESPACO film awards from 1972 to date. Has issues of the FESPACO Newsletter and FESPACO News, the latter issued only during the film festival. No. 9-1997 lists the film award winners at the 15th FESPACO.
See also the BBC Special on 2003 FESPACO.

FESPACO Paul Robeson Award
"The FESPACO Paul Robeson Award Initiative (PRAI) presents "The Best of the Best in the African Diaspora" film and television productions to the Pan African Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso , more commonly known as FESPACO." The Robeson "prize goes to the "Best of the Best" film in the FESPACO diaspora section,..." Based in Louisville, Mississippi.

Film Africa 2011
3-13 November 2011 in London.

Film Movement
"Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City." DVD subscription service for independent, foreign and documentary films. African Studies films such as Dreams of Dust (Burkina Faso), Hop (an an illegal immigrant), Lucky (South Africa).

Filmmaker Magazine - "Not Budget Nigeria"
2002 article on the Nigerian film industry. The magazine is based in New York city. [KF]

Filmakers Library (New York)
Rents or sells many documentaries on Africa. Address: Filmakers Library, 124 East 40th Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10016.

Films du Raphia
In French and English. Site about the films of Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroonian Producer-Director of Africa, I will fleece you, Head in the Clouds, Clandestine, Chief, A Trip to the Country, Alex’s Wedding, the Colonial Misunderstanding and other films. Based in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France.

Films for the Humanities and Sciences (Princeton, NJ)
Offers films on African history and culture. "Preview copies are available at no charge to qualified educational institutions and public libraries." "The prices for all programs listed on this website include full protection for public performances." Will recommend titles based on subject / grade level. Address: PO Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08543-2053

First Run/Icarus Films (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Descriptions for their Africa-related films including prizes won. Videos include Ordinary People, The Life and Times of Sara Baartman - the Hottentot Venus. Lists films by filmmaker and title as well. Email:

Flame - Zimmedia
Zimmedia is an independent film and video production company based in Harare. Its film, Flame, about a woman soldier in Zimbabwe's liberation struggle, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and won the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Award.

Forum des images
Library and multimedia center in Paris where one can view French films and videos.
To find a video: Select "Collection"
Then "Recherche dans la collection"
At the very bottom of the screen is a form box labled "Mots Cles"
Put in the name of the video

French Video Distributors:
Médiathèque des Trois Mondes
63 Bis rue Cardinal Lemoine, Paris 75005
From the US use:
Fax 011 – 33 – 1 – 42-34-99-01
Phone 011 – 33 – 1- 42-34-99-00
Les Films du sabre
77 rue Marcel Dassault
92100 Boulogne, France
Phone 01 46 94 88 88
Fax 01 46 94 88 89

Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko. France/Mali, 1998, 35mm, 100 min., color, Bambara w/ Eng. "Renowned African stage actor Sotigui Kouyat? stars as Jacob and the world-famous Malian singer Salif Ke?ta plays his brother Esau." Seen as "an allegory for the origins of conflict between Jews, Christians and Muslims,...." or of the conflicts in Rwanda and Burundi. Shown at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2000.

Global Dialogues - Scenarios from Africa
In English, French, Portuguese. Global Dialogues is an NGO "promoting excellence in education and communication about HIV/AIDS." 33 films in 28 languages. Filmmakers include some who have won the grand prize at the Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO). All films are on YouTube. Films can be dubbed in other languages.

Global Film Initiative
Non-profit film organization that offers grants and U.S. distribution to filmmakers from the developing world. "Grants are awarded to assist filmmakers with the production and post–production of their film." Does not give grants for documentary or short films and does not provide funds for education or training. "only support[s] stories that take place within developing world countries." Based in San Francisco, California. [KF]

Global Focus Films
GFF produced a documentary (fall 2000), "Not My Child: AIDS in South Africa" which covers the 13th International Conference on AIDS in Durban and the lives of people with AIDS in South Africa. Has photographs, accounts of South Africans with HIV/AIDS, role of traditional healers. Based in Denver, Colorado.

Global Lives Project
"...we have slowly and faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of 10 people from around the world." Includes Malawi by Jason Price and others. Film installation created by volunteer filmmakers, photographers, programmers, engineers, architects and designers. [KF]

Global Oneness Project
Founded by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. Produced a on-line film, "A Thousand Suns" on the Gamo Highlands (south - western Ethiopia) and the "unique worldview held by the people...." "It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years." Is critical of the Green Revolution (using chemical fertilizers / sprays; conventional vs organic agriculture) proposed by the Gates Foundation and of World Vision missionaries' beliefs re traditional culture.
Also produced A Game for Life - "Grassroot Soccer project coordinator, Nolusindiso "Titie" Plaatjie, uses soccer to educate South African youth about HIV/AIDS prevention. She describes her childhood in the poverty-stricken city of Port Elizabeth and how soccer gave her the drive to be who she is today."

God Sleeps in Rwanda
Nominated for 2005 Best Documentary Short subject for the Academy Awards held March 2006. "The 1994 Rwandan Genocide left the country nearly 70% female handing Rwanda’s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity......“God Sleeps in Rwanda” captures the spirit of five courageous women as they rebuild their lives, redefining women’s roles in Rwandan society and bringing hope to a wounded nation."

Google Video
See and download videos. Some are free such as the music video of "We are the World" the fundraising song with an all star cast (Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Harry Belafonte, etc.). Cricket games, UNICEF films (on Darfur, health, etc.), South African TV ads, people's videos of their trips, Cameroon, Reinhard Bonnke preaching in Nigeria, previews of Yoruba video dramas, drumming / dance contest in Tanzania, 2005 tsunami hitting the Kenya coast. $1.99 or more for some videos (Bishop Desmond Tutu, Wole Soyinka, Landmines in the Casamance and Child Soldiers in the DRC ). Google now owns YouTube.

Gray, John, "The Black Film Bookshelf: African Film"
Bibliographic essay on publications about African film. In Screening Noir (Newsletter of Film and Video Culture), Spring/Summer 1999, Vol. 2, Nos. 2/3.

Gris-Gris Films
Formed in 1994 as an independent production company. Produced Maangamizi - The Ancient One, produced by Ron Mulvihill and Martin Mhando and Arusi Ya Mariamu/ The Marriage of Mariamu, a Tanzanian-American co-production, made by TFC, the national film company of Tanzania and Ron Mulvihill. Has many photographs and reports on production of the films.

Guggenheim Museum - Lights on Africa: A Program on African Film
Site has closed. Information on the films shown during the June 18-Sept. 11, 1996 series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City. The films are on contemporary African issues. Old URL:

Guimba: the Tyrant
Kino On-Line has a plot synopsis, cast and credits, a photos from Cheick Oumar Sissoko's film which was the Grand Prize Winner at the FESPACO film festival.

A moderated electronic discussion group jointly sponsored by H-Net (Humanities- On-Line) and the African Literature Association to provide a forum for the discussion and exploration of African literature and cinema. Their web site has information on subscribing, an archive of past discussions, a listing of important events, conferences, etc. The co-editors include Ken Harrow, Sandra Barkan, and others.
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In French. Sells electronic editions of L'Harmattan books. Also sells French language films - Yamgana et Pasanga (set in Burkina Faso); Tu vois le jeu ?; Zambie : à qui profite le cuivre ? (on pollution, health damage by Zambian mines, won 2012 film award); Mowa (2010 Cote d'Ivoire, unemployment, political crisis); etc. [KF]

Harvard University, African Studies Videos
List, with some annotations, of Africa-related videos at Harvard University. (Maikoli International)
Resources (videos-VCD, CDs, cassettes) and information on Hausa culture, tradition and language. Previews, movie trailers. Music, jewelry, arts, crafts, clothing. Sells to North America, Europe, and Asia. Based in Raymore, Missouri.

Hausa Popular Literature Project, School of Oriental and African Studies (London)
Information includes author, title, publisher, year of publication, no. of pages, image of the book cover. "This database documents the private collection of Hausa popular literature and video film in the possession of Professor Graham Furniss of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London." Includes a 15 page essay by Prof. Furniss, Documenting Hausa Popular Literature (covers film also). [KF]

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?
Seven documentary films "produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement". Has film trailers, an Anti-Apartheid Movement Timeline, biographies of ANC President Oliver Tambo and other movement figures, photographs, and related web sites. [KF]

Heart of the Congo
Documentary film by Tom Weidlinger. "Amid threats of violence, corruption, and a legacy of colonial dependency aid workers [from Action against Hunger] help refugees who have lost everything. They seek to strengthen villagers’ will, essential for a self-sufficient future. Heart of the Congo is a film about courage, perseverance and ways in which humanitarian aid makes a lasting difference." Includes Weidlinger's journal, 50 p. in PDF. Filmed in Katanga Province. See also a Review of the film from Mother Jones magazine, 2001.[KF]

Heremakono (En attendant le Bonheur / Waiting for Happiness)
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako (from Mauritania). Won the top award at FESPACO 2003.
Distributed by New Yorker Films.
Rotterdam Film Festival: includes a video clip.
Allocine: director's filmographie in French.
Africultures: review in French by Olivier Barlet.
Le Monde: review in French by Thomas Sotinel.
DVDrama: review with photographs in French.
Institut du Monde Arabe: biography of the director in French.
Embassy of France in Korea: information on the film and director in French.

Film by Angolan director, Zeze Gambao. Won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Internet Movie Database:
New York Times print article, "Nonfiction has its day at Sundance", Jan. 31, 2005, p. B6.

Hopes on the Horizon; Africa in the 1990s
Site for the two-hour PBS documentary from Blackside, Inc. ("Eyes on the Prize"), which "chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements and the expansion of civil society" in Benin, Nigeria, Rwanda, Morocco, Mozambique, and South Africa, during the final, decade of the twentieth century. For each country has facts, a brief background to the democracy movement, an essay, questions (for high school / university students), suggested readings, and the complete transcript. [KF]

Hotel Rwanda
Film background, film clips, the movie trailer, map showing the provinces, timeline, teachers' guide. Hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina shelters 1000 + refugees from the Rwanda genocide (recounted in Philip Gourevitch's book, "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda"). Received the 2005 Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Don Cheadle), Best Supporting Actress (Sophie Okonedo) and Best Original Screenplay.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Includes several Africa-related films. See London schedule.

Icarus Films
Sells the films of Jean Rouch, documentary filmmaker. Based in Brooklyn, New York.

Ife International Film Festival

Images d'Ailleurs: les soldats noirs dans les guerres françaises
In French. Festival (April 13-19, 2005) of films on black soldiers who fought for France. On the web site.

Imam and the Pastor
Produced by FLTfilms, London. "The film’s protagonists, Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa and Pastor James Movel Wuye, have first-hand experience of the violence, both as victims and as militia members. Close relatives of Ashafa were killed by Christians; Wuye lost his hand when Muslims tried to kill him. Today they are joint Directors of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in northern Nigeria’s main city, Kaduna." Executive Producer: David Channer. Producer/Director: Alan Channer; Assistant Producer: Imad Karam.
Article in For a Change magazine (Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007).
Article from Initiatives of Change USA (formerly Moral Re-Armament)
Obituary of David Channer (Executive Producer & father of Alan Channer)

In Memory of Djibril Diop Mambety, 1945-1998
Biography, filmography of the Senegalese filmmaker. Includes an interview (1993 Africa Film & TV Magazine), video clip, remembrance by Floyd Webb. On the site of e22Digital, Inc. the multimedia firm of Floyd Webb. - Institut national de l'audiovisuel
Online archive of French radio and TV programs. Find newsreels, videos of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Patrice Lumumba, video of French President Sarkozy's speech in Dakar, Senegal July 2007, Charles de Gaulle évoque l'évolution vers l'indépendance des TOM, etc.  French public TV from 1949 to date and Actualites Francaises newsreels from 1940 to 1969. Has films on decolonization and a film on Jonas Savimbi and UNITA. Videos may also be purchased.

Has a film clip "La fusion de la Guinée et du Ghana"  03 déc. 1958 "Monsieur N'KRUMAH, président du Ghana reçoit Ahmed SÉKOU TOURÉ président de la Guinée Conakry à Accra . Cette visite a pour but la constitution d'une association qui se veut le noyau des Etats Unis de l'Ouest africain . Images de l'accolade entre les 2 hommes."

Inagina, the Last House of Iron
In English and French. A documentary film on metallurgy work by the Dogon blacksmiths of Mali.   "In Mali, on the cliffs inhabited by the Dogon, an ethnoarchaeologist and a cameraman participated in an extremely rare event : the reduction of iron ore. The experience was filmed and is a unique testimony of a thousand-year-old technology which has now disappeared." Directed by Eric Huysecom, Department of Anthropology and Ecology, University of Geneva and Bernard Agustoni, of T?l?vision Suisse Romande. [KF]

Indiana University, African Studies Program - Outreach
Will loan their videos to individuals and institutions. Has the Basil Davidson Africa series and The Africans series hosted by Ali Mazrui. Includes children's videos, French videos, Black and White in Color, Breaker Morant, Cry Freedom, A Dry White Season, Mister Johnson, Out of Africa, A World Apart, etc. There is an index by country and grade level.

Pay to watch Nigerian movies, including Things Fall Apart. Some free movies available on registration (free also). Downloaded movies can be watched for 48 hours after purchase. Watch on PC or connect PC or Mac to TV. Must have a broadband internet connection.

Internet Movie Database.
Huge, detailed listing of films. One can search under several categories, such as all the films from Mali, or all the films by Ousmane Sembene. Lists directors, writers, actors, and numerous others involved in a film's production.

ITN Source  now  Getty Images 
"ITN Archive (now Getty Images) is one of the largest moving picture archives in the world with over 300,000 hours of material. With material dating back to 1896, the holdings comprise of all of ITN's output since 1955, the entire Reuters Television Library, the British Pathe News Archive and the Channel 4 Television archive. ITN Archive includes historic newsreel footage, news agency material, rushes (b-roll) and broadcast news items from 1896 to the present day. Content includes: British Pathe 1896 - 1970, Gaumont Graphic 1910 - 1932, Empire News Bulletin 1926-1930, British Paramount News 1931-1957, Gaumont British 1929-1959, Universal News 1930-1949, Visnews 1957-1992, Reuters Television 1992 - present day, ITN 1955 - present day, Channel 4 Television 1982 - present day."

Has film of Present Day Life of Dakar (1943)

It's Not Easy
"Career, family and a nice girlfriend are all going well for Suna, a young African business executive. But everything changes when his newborn son is found to be infected with HIV - the deadly AIDS virus......neighbors and co-workers learn to become allies, instead of enemies, in the battle for life." From the Federation of Uganda Employers, Experiment in International Living/Uganda, co-produced with Uganda Television. Also sold as a video cassette with discussion guidelines, research report and photonovela by MFDI, Media for Development International.

Izogn Movies
Pay ($2 per movie, $20 per month) to see Nigerian and Ghanaian movies online. Sells some DVDs. Web site based in Lanham, Maryland.

Jerusalema. Welcome to the Promised Land
"The story of a self-made Sowetan entrepreneur climbing the Hillbrow criminal underworld ladder one rung at a time." Directed by Ralph Ziman. Starring Rapulana Seiphemo, Ronnie Nyakale, Shelly Meskin, Jeffrey Sekele, Malusi Skenjana. Review by Don Mattera.

Jjj Niger Movies
Sells Nigerian movie videos (Yoruba movies, Nigerian gospel movies, Nigerian movies in English). Videos are in the U.S. video standard. Based in Houston, Texas.

Journal of African Cinemas
Full text issues are online. Began publication 2009, 2 issues per volume.,id=158/

Journeyman Pictures
Films on current topics, Somalia, DRC, Cote d'Ivoire (Shadow Work), war reporters, etc. by veteran journalists. Based in the United Kingdom.

Jouvert, a Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Published by the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University. Full text articles on literature, African film, religious art, the experience of teaching the Theory of Education at a teachers' College in Zimbabwe in 1991, a conversation with Abdul R. JanMohamed, reviews of African art exhibits, films, etc.

Jump TV - Africa
TV programs from African countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda). $10 for 30 days or $20 for 90 days. Requires high speed internet access. At present works only on Windows PCs. Also video on demand and pay per view. Based in Toronto, Canada.

Karmen Geï
"Karmen Geï is the first African Carmen and, arguably, the first African filmed "musical." "...Gaï Ramaka [Senegalese Director Joseph Gaï Ramaka] has completely replaced Bizet's score and the usual staging with indigenous Senegalese music and choreography." "In one of Gaï Ramaka's boldest strokes, he makes Karmen bisexual." Distributed by California Newsreel, San Francisco.

Keepers of Memory
Documentary film, by Eric Kabera, on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. "Through eyewitness accounts...., Kabera takes the viewer on an emotional journey into the lives of the survivors and their work to preserve the memorials honoring the slain victims. The film focuses on the "keepers" of 6 main massacre sites and explores how Rwandans use the memorials to make peace with the past and sustain hope for the future." Guidebook/lesson plan online. Review. Produced by Link Media Production, Kigali, Rwanda. Distributed by Choices, Inc. Film clip at the Africa-in-Motion site.

Kemps International Film and TV Production Services Directory
" for over 35,000 production services companies from 65 countries worldwide....find everything from Aerial Photography to Video Equipment, Location Services, Crew and much more." Extensive directory of South African companies and some Nigeria, Kenya companies. Produced by the publishers of the annual, Kemps international film & television year book (London).

Kenya. Department of Film Services
Licenses local and international film makers. Providing liaison services. Produces newsreels, documentaries, features, TV ads in English and Kenyan languages such as Dunia ni mbaya (on HIV/AIDS education). Maintains a national film archive of over 600 documentaries. . Has a directory of accredited local agents who will facilitate location scouting, transport, hotel reservations, film licenses, shipping, etc. Under the Ministry of Information and Communications. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF]

Kino International (New York, NY)
A distribution company specializing in classics and foreign language art films. Are distributors for some African films for ex. Cheick Oumar Sissoko's Guimba and Genesis and Souleymane Cisse's Baara, Yeelen, and Finye, Hyenas and Touki Bouki, by Djibril Diop Mambety, Wend Kuuni, by Gaston Kabore, and Quartier Mozart, by Jean-Pierre Bekolo.

Kirikou and the Sorceress - Wikipedia Page
Feature length animated children's film, directed by Michel Ocelot, based on a West African story of a little boy and a sorceress. The music, by Senegalese musician, Youssou N'dour, uses only traditional instruments. N'dour writes about the film "it is an African tale that I can identify with. It talks of water and nature, children, a sorceress and fetishes, things that make up our mythology, our roots." The voices were recorded in N'dour's studio with African actors. Producer: Didier Brunner. Distributed by ArtMattan Productions. [KF]

In French. Sells CDs and DVDs. Music videos. Comedies / drama in Wolof and Puular. Documentaries - Serigne Saliou Mbacké, Président Abdoulaye Wade, football. Address: 45 & 60 RUE DOUDEAUVILLE, 75018 PARIS, France.

Last King of Scotland
Forest Whitaker won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his portrayal of Idi Amin. "Fox Searchlight Pictures was founded in 1994 as the independent arm of Twentieth Century Fox."

Leda Serene Films (Toronto, Canada)
"...a film, television and radio production and training company with bases in Canada, the Caribbean and South Africa." It "places People of Color in front of and behind the camera, and has made its name as a producer of high quality dramas and documentaries, which celebrate diversity..." Is producing a sitcom called "Bo Ke Bophelo!" in South Africa.

Lems-Dworkin, Carol - Video Bibliography
The web site of Carol Lems-Dworkin Publishers has information on the 331 page Videos of African and African-Related Performance: an Annotated Bibliography, by Carol Lems-Dworkin. 1996. Price: U.S. $57

The Letter: An American Town and the "Somali Invasion"
Directed by Ziad H. Hamzeh. Released 2003. "A firestorm of controversy erupts when Lewiston, Maine Mayor Larry Raymond sends an open letter to the 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees informing them that the city’s resources are strained to the limit and asking them to tell other Somalis not to move to the city." Has a movie trailer. Distributed by Arab Film Distribution. [KF]

Libérte 1 - Observatoire Audiovisuel sur les Libértés
"La réflexion critique sur la gouvernance au Sénégal constitue un rempart contre l’affaissement de notre démocratie. L’essentiel de cette réflexion a pour support la presse écrite, radiophonique, l’édition et internet." Site for filmmaker, Joseph Gaï Ramaka. Information on his film, Et si Latif avait raison !

Life and Times of Sara Baartman - "The Hottentot Venus." A Film by Zola Masekoa
A page on the film, the "story of [a] Khoi Khoi woman who was taken from South Africa, and then exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and idea of 'The Hottentot Venus' swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed." From First Run/Icarus Films, New York, NY.

Lili et le Baobab
In French with English subtitles. "A freelance photographer Lili (Romane Bohringer) has been hired to document new infrastructures in her town's sister community in Senegal. The entire village turns out to welcome her,.....Lili is encouraged to make herself at home, but as an unmarried, childless woman of 33 she is a curiosity. As a stranger, she is most at ease in her role as photographer. She focuses her camera on the villagers and their profoundly communal existence, and her photography becomes a means of communication..... Meanwhile, she forms an intuitive bond with Aminata (Aminata Zaaria), an unmarried woman whose quiet independence mirrors Lili's own. By the time Lili returns to France, something has shifted within her and she looks at her life through new eyes. As she searches for a way to remain connected to her sister village, Lili is led back to her friendship with Aminata."

Little Senegal
In French. Film by Algerian director, Rachid Bouchareb. A 65 year old Senegalese man travels to Harlem (New York) "where he manages to track down distant relatives descended....from Senegalese slaves transported to America in the early 19th century." Detailed information about the film including filmographies (director, actor), reviews, the music cue sheet, etc. Includes a 2 minute video clip. Distributed by Tadrart Films.

Living Memory: Six Sketches of Mali Today
2003 film. Directed by Susan Vogel. Produced by Susan Vogel, Samuel Sidibé, Eric Engles & the Musée National du Mali . "a film about Mali's ancient culture, and this culture's position in the country today. Filmed with a Malian crew, cut to the beat of Malian music,..." For sale or rental by First Run Icarus Films.

"...a grassroots production company [directed by filmmaker Peter Jordan] that partners with international humanitarian organizations to empower communities through film." Films are co-directed by community members. View the films from the web site. Set in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe. Topics, how children view the impact of AIDS, Tanzania children, lives of AIDS orphaned children in Zimbabwe as co-directed and narrated by themselves, problems in the change from a nomadic to sedentary life in a Kenyan village. [KF]
Example - Speak Luvo, Speak Jane. "Filmed in S. Africa and Kenya, from the perspectives of nursery school kids. The kids interview each other to find out what they know about AIDS and what we can all do to help."

London African Film Festival
"...a partnership between Africa at the Pictures and the Royal African Society in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies."

Long Night's Journey Into Day
Won the 2000 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for "Best Documentary Film." About South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Follows four cases before the Commission (Cradock Four, Guguletu 7, Amy Biehl, and Magoo's Bar Bombing). Directed by Frances Reid & Deborah Hoffmann of Iris Films, Berkeley, CA. Has interview with the directors. 1999. 95 min. color.
Iris Films:
Sundance Festival 2000:

Long Walk of Nelson Mandela
Site for the PBS TV program Frontline, May 25, 1999. Interviews with a wide variety of people who knew Mandela (his biographer -Richard Stengel, Thembu chiefs, Joe Matthews, Fatima Meer, Ahmed Kathrada, a man who hid Mandela in his apartment for almost 2 months, Neville Alexander, Fikile Bam, George Bizos, Mandela's guard, Strini Moodley, Jessie Duarte, Anthony Sampson, and others. Includes copies of Mandela's letters, chapters from his memoirs. Has a chronology (1912-1998), the transcript of the TV program, a teacher's guide. For those with a sound card, speakers, and fast connection - there is a 1977 video of a journalists' visit to Robben Island.[KF]

Lost Boys of Sudan
Award-winning documentary about two Sudanese refugee boys and their experiences in U.S. society. Producer / Directors: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk. Study guide with classroom ideas and essays by Sudanese refugees and Sudan experts. Ideas for assisting refugees and victims of Darfur. The 87 minute film, in English and Dinka with subtitles, may be purchased. Site based in San Francisco, California.

Lost Tribes of Israel
Public Broadcasting Service TV program. Includes the "Mystery of Great Zimbabwe" whose ruins were erroneously attributed to the Queen of Sheba or "a northern race coming from Arabia." Archeologist David Randall-MacIver concluded the ruins were created by 14th-15th c. African builders. "In the 1960s and 1970s, as the edifice grew into a potent symbol of the African Nationalist movement, the white government of Rhodesia set about suppressing the findings of prehistorians who claimed that Africans had built Great Zimbabwe." The Lemba of Southern Africa, who claim ancient Jewish heritage, may have built Great Zimbabwe. Includes a teachers guide. Has links to the American Journal of Human Genetics article on DNA linking the Lemba and Jewish priesthood. [KF]

The acclaimed film directed by Haitian, Raoul Peck. "Lumumba is a gripping political thriller which tells the story of the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba." Extensive historical background, with chronology, Congo history, Lumumba's last letter to his wife, Lumumba biography, biographies of Mobutu, Tshombe, Kasavubu. Video, audio files. The U.S. distributor is Zeitgeist Films. [KF]

Mainframe Film & Television Productions
The company of Tunde Kelani, T.V. and film producer and Cinematographer. Produced the films Thunderbolt, Agogo Eewo, Efunsetan Aniwura and others. Films in Yoruba and English. Based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Maitres Fous
Website on filmmaker, ethnographer Jean Rouch, his interest in Africa. Biographical timeline, filmography, bibliography, film reviews, interviews, essays, photographs, glossary of "Rouchian" terms, related web sites. Maintained by Jamie Stockholm-Berthe.

Mandy's Directory - South Africa
A directory to South African film, TV professionals. Also includes Zimbabwe.

Mbira Music Page of Solomon Murungu
Extensive information provided by Mr. Murungu and others? on mbira music. Includes biographies and discographies for musicians such as Thomas Mapfumo, information on Shona and Ndebele religious beliefs, abstracts of films on mbira music, etc.

McCall, John C., and Christey Carwile-Routon - "Other Africas. Images of Nigerian Modernity"
Online exhibit of Nigerian poster calendars, television and video movie trailers (with video / audio clips), photographs of Enugu urban scenes, a Y2K billboard, clothing motifs. Accompanies an exhibit at the University Museum of Southern Illinois University, January - April 2002. Maintained by John C. McCall, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL and Christey Carwile-Routon, doctoral student in anthropology.

Media for Development Tanzania and MFDI International, MFDI
Produces development themed films, television, radio and music, in Tanzania. Mainly in KiSwahili. Free viewing online. Topics: HIV/AIDS, gender equality, child survival, malaria. Examples: Neria, film on the nightmare ensuing when a young woman's husband dies; Yellow Card, video about a teenage soccer player who must deal with the fact he now has a son, and a radio drama about a music band and HIV/AIDS. Non-profit company, has US office.

Michigan State University - African Activist Archive
Archive documenting "activist organizing in the United States in solidarity with African struggles against colonialism, apartheid, and injustice" Includes video interviews with Kader Asmal, Julie Frederikse, Horst Kleinschmidt, Richard Knight, Bernard Magubane, Prexy Nesbitt, Vladimir Shubin, Randolph Vigne, Joel Samoff and others. Online is the Villon Films movie, A Cry for Freedom.

Michigan State University, African Studies Center - African Media Program
" online, comprehensive reference database of more than 16,000 films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media. (...includes 4000 entries on Southern Africa; 2,800 South Africa.) ..."current to 2009." Searchable by keyword, title, topics, dates, and distributors." Includes a Bibliography of African Cinema, Film, and Video Studies and recommended curriculum resources. Based in East Lansing, Michigan.

Mill Valley Film Festival
The 2003 Festival, October 2-12, features Cinema Africa - 100 Days (Rwanda), 5@5: Wings to Fly (four films on Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Africa), Alex's Wedding (Cameroun, Benin), Beat the Drum (South Africa), Bedwin Hacker (Tunisia), Keita (Burkina Faso), Madam Brouette (Senegal), Sophiatown (South Africa). Films are shown in Mill Valley, Corte Madera, and San Rafael, California. [KF]

Minibus Media
Sells a DVD on the 2004 Malawi Presidential Election called "Making of a President". Online movie trailer.Minibus Media was created in 2004 in Malawi by Hans-Christian Goertz and Mirella Domenich to produce documentaries on human rights issues in young democracies. In progress is a film on the third Mozambique general election, "And the Struggle Still Continues." Hivos, a Dutch development agency supported the DVD production. IDFA article. ConectaSur article. [KF]

Mokae, Zakes
About the South African actor Zakes Mokae, a biography, his TV and film work. Iain Fisher has a university honours degree in Computer Science and a masters MBA degree and works for IBM. [KF]

Moolaade (May 2005)
Written and directed by Ousmane Sembene. Winner Cannes Film Festival 2004: Grand Prize, Un Certain Regard. "Moolaadé deals with the difficult subject of female circumcision. To escape this ritual of "purification" organized every seven years, four young girls flee their village and find protection with a woman called Collé, but their flight sends the local population into turmoil." Sembene died June 2007 at age 84 - BBC article.
New Yorker Films (pdf file):
New Yorker Films (pdf file)

More than Just a Game
Site for the film about organized football played among prisoners on Robben Island, South Africa. "the story of how political activists who were unjustly imprisoned on Robben Island in the 1960s rise above their incarceration by creating a football league, the Makana Football Association (Makana FA)"

MTV base
African music TV channel. African artist profiles, news. Need to register (free) to access some content. Press release announcing the move of parent company, MTV Networks Africa from London to Johannesubrg, South Africa. Interview with MTV Networks Africa Vice President & General Manager.

Music by Prudence
Won the 2010 Academy Award (Oscar) for Documentary Short Subject. Directed by Roger Ross Williams. "uplifting story of Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena, 21, who was born severely disabled". She is lead singer of the group, Liyana. See also MTV article, "'Music By Prudence' Oscar Flap: The Inside Story".

Naija Film Festival Organisers
Produces the Abuja International Film Festival. Information on their other festivals - African Film Festival, etc. Links to related film sites.

National Black Programming Consortium (Columbus, Ohio)
Sponsors the "Prized Pieces Awards Ceremony and Festival identifies and recognizes superior achievements in film and video programs that affirm the universality of the Black experience."

National Film Board of Canada
Distributes films about Africa. Use the Search Engine.  Has a Rwanda series, which includes Sitting on a Volcano, Hand of God, Hand of the Devil, Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold - Part 1: Blood Was Flowing Like a...., Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold - Part 2: We Were Cowards, Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold - Part 3: We Feel Betrayed.

N'Dour, Youssou - I Bring What I Love
"Senegalese pop sensation Youssou Ndour became frustrated by the negative perception of his Muslim faith and composed “Egypt,” a deeply spiritual album dedicated to a more tolerant view of Islam. This career-defining move brought worldwide controversy that Youssou confronted head-on. The film combines unprecedented images of Senegal’s most sacred Muslim rituals, vibrant concert performances filmed around the world, and intimate access to Youssou and his family" - Seattle Film Festival. See also Rotten Tomatoes comments - "The most controversial creation in Youssou Ndour life is his album, “Egypt,” which was celebrated internationally but condemned in Ndour’s own country, as his fellow citizens did not believe songs should include religious verses".

New York African Film Festival
Interviews with the film directors. Schedule for its traveling film festivals.

New York University. Africa House - African Cities Documentary Series
"Africa House is designed to become the intellectual center for NYU students and faculty who are studying Africa and the African diaspora." NYU's African Expressive Culture Project includes Black Renaissance Magazine and the African Cities Documentary Series, headed by professors Manthia Diawara and Awam Amkpa, with film clips of Malian women discussing the world economy and controversial dance styles, Guinean scholar D.T.Niane on rural-urban migration, and visit to a traditional mask maker. [KF]

New Yorker Films
220 East 23rd Street, Suite 409 New York, NY 10010
Email: nontheatrical at newyorkerfilms dot com
Phone: 212-645-4600
Fax: 212-683-6805
Site in progress. Had announced in February 23, 2009 that it was going out of business after 43 years. Distributed Xala, Guelwaar, Borom Sarret, Emitai, Camp de Thiaroye, Mandabi (The Money Order) by Ousmane Sembene and others.

Films about the Nigerian movie industry.
Nollywood Lady - A film by Dorothee Wenner. Germany/Nigeria, 2008, 52 minutes, Color, DVD.
This is Nollywood -
Welcome to Nollywood - Click on the Cinema Guild whose web site has a film description. Produced by Jamie Meltzer, Stanford faculty, Dept. of Art & Art History.

Nollywood Journal - "Journal for Nigerian and African Movies"
"Nollywood is the third highest grossing movie maker behind Hollywood in the United States and Bollywood in India." Articles, photographs, related sites.

Nollywood Project
"an ongoing research initiative based at the Global Media Research Center, College of Mass Communications and Media Arts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale [Illinois]. Photographs, interviews with Nollywood figures, links to related sites.

Nollywood Rising: Global Perspectives on the Nigerian Film Industry, June 13 -17, 2005, Hilton Los Angeles, Universal City Hotel USA
Site has closed. 1st International Convention and Symposium on Nollywood. Links to articles on the Nigerian film industry. Old URL:

Northwestern University. African Videos Holdings
90 + page list, in Adobe PDF format, of Northwestern's Africa-related videos. There are summaries for each film. Northwestern has a large collection of Nigerian popular films in Yoruba and other Nigerian languags.The videos do not go out on Interlibrary Loan.

Nowhere in Africa
Won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. A "true tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel (Juliane Köhler, ...) and their five-year-old daughter Regina each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country-learning the local language and customs, and finding a friend in Owuor, the farm's cook." An MTM Medien & Television München Production, Germany.

Open Video Project - Wheels Across Africa
Video dated 1936. "Armand Davis leads motor expedition in Africa, powered by Dodge cars." In three parts. Requires soundcard and speakers/headset for the audio." The video is from the Internet Archive. The Open Video Project is managed at the Interaction Design Laboratory, at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill." " "The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities." [KF]

Pan African Film & Art Festival (Los Angeles, California)
The largest annual film festival in the Western U.S. of black cinema (features, shorts, and documentaries) from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific, and Canada. Each film is described in a paragraph.

Pan-african Film Festival / Festival du Film Panafricain, Cannes, 16-26 février 2005
In French. Program schedule. Musique - Cinéma - Livres - Exposition. On the site of Racines et Cultures.

Pay the Dowry/Cameroon -The Africa In Miniature
Video about an American educated librarian, inaugurated as a Commissioner of Native Affairs in Bamenda County, Cameroon. He solves problems ranging from violence, land disputes, recalcitrant tenants, mean landlords, fake shamans and more. Includes a slide show of scenes. Written, produced and directed by Boniface Ndemping Wewe, a librarian (from Cameroon) with the Brooklyn Public Library, New York.

Planet Africa - 1997 Toronto International Film Festival
One page with the program of African films shown at the 1997 film festival. Includes a short summary of each film.

Power and Glory Films (Windhoek, Namibia)
In English and German. Produces "documentaries and features on topics ranging from wildlife and nature to socio-political issues, television movies, commercials and up-to-date news reporting." Provides "location scouting, research, production management and full productions..."

PRAI -Promoting Reel African Images
"PRAI presents "The Best of the Best" films and videos from the African Diaspora, to Film & Television Festivals throughout the world." The Managing Director is C.Sade Turnipseed. Based in Mississippi.

Quitebright Films Ltd.
Kenyan film and video production company. Documentaries, corporate videos. Produced The Longest River (about the Nile) for National Geographic, in 2004. "an international team of rafters from South Africa, New Zealand and England crossed into the Mediterranean Sea and became the first people to have descended the full length of the White Nile..." Also a film on Paul Imbaya otieno, a.k.a 'The Mighty King Kong' who was a polio-affected child living on the streets of a small Kenyan town and became a reggae star. [KF]

Reel African
Streaming African movies / videos to U.S. viewers; ads included in the films pay for the service. The FAQ states you need a high speed internet connection. "Much of the content acquired by ReelAfrican so far has come from the prolific Nigerian and Ghanaian film and TV industries" - Variety article about the site.

Revue Noire, African Contemporary Art (Paris)
Online site of the magazine. The table of contents of the magazine, in English or French, with a small sample of articles. Each issue focuses on art, photography, cinema, dance, theatre, or a geographic area.

Rwanda Cinema Center
"...created to facilitate through film and video production, delivery of informative entertaining and educative content; to explore a wide spectrum of issues and raise awareness on local and global development agendas;...." Sponsored the first Rwanda Film Festival. Facilitated production of the Rwandan films, 100 DAYS and Keepers of Memory. See also the Rwanda Film Institute. Based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Site for Haile Gerima's films - Sankofa, Bush Mama, Adwa. Order information for the films.

Screen Africa (Strathavon South Africa)
Monthly news magazine for the South African film, television, video, radio and multimedia industry. Selected articles are online. Has a weekly email newsletter, an extensive directory covering film production, community radio, recording studios, and more, a personal managers association directory to find actors, singers, dancers. In Production is a directory of all the productions in development, pre-, post- and completed in South Africa.

Seattle African Film Festivals
List of films at the African film festivals, 1991-1995, sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Includes summaries of many of the films and U.S. sources for African films. Maintained by anthropologist Dr. Douglas Paterson.

[Sembene] Ousmane Sembene, 1923-2007
The "father of African cinema" and writer. Born in Senegal.
Obituaries - BBC (June 10), Independent (London, June 13)
Professor Samba Gadjigo's web site (Mount Holyoke College) - Biography, filmography, bibliography, critical works, photographs, awards. See also Prof. Gadjigo's article on California Newsreel.
Profile (with photograph) by Serigne Ndiaye, Fall 1998. On the Emory University, English Department, Postcolonial Studies web site.
Profile from Pegasos - A literature related site in Finland.
Internet Movie Database entry.
His films are distributed by Médiathèque des Trois Mondes (in French, also has a free short film on Sembene) and New Yorker Films.

Servant of the Ancestors
"Twenty four years after migrating to Australia in search of a new life, Patricia and Courtney Nunn seem to have found it. The racial tensions and painful memories of living as 'mixed race' in Apartheid South Africa are a thousand miles away....When her grandmothers appear to her in a vision, Patricia decides it is time to go back to Swaziland to face the demons of the past and celebrate her African heritage." From SBS Independent, based in Australia. It commissions quality films from independent filmmakers.

[Seve] Robert Seve. L'Afrique de C-M BIAZIN. Films sur l'Art / Cinéma Expérimental
In French and English. Seve has promoted the work of Central African painter, Clément-Marie BIAZIN (1924-1981). Documents, photographs on Biazin and his work. Based in Paris, France. [KF]

Shake Hands with the Devil
Film named for Roméo Dallaire's book. About his first return trip to Rwanda, in April 2004 - the 10th anniversary of the genocide. Won an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. See also California Newsreel. [KF]

Silicon Valley African Film Festival
The 2021 festival October 8-10, San Jose, California is a hybrid (part in person, part online). The 2020 festival was Free online. See also the Facebook page. The Festival Director is Chike C. Nwoffiah. Sponsored by Oriki Theatre and the Community School of Music and Arts. Originally based in Mountain View, California.

Sithengi, Southern African International Film & TV Market Initiative
Offers workshops, free newsletter, film competitions, sponsors the Cape Town World Cinema Festival and the Sithengi Film & Television Market. The members only database has contact details on African and International delegates, film, television and allied industry professionals, products and projects. Information on commissioning editors and international producers can be accessed via the Sithengi website by doing a delegates’ search." Based in Cape Town.

Sliding Liberia: a Story of War, Peace, and Surfing
Four young surfers and present day Liberia. See also the article in Stanford Alumni Association Magazine, July/August 2008. Film site has many photographs of Liberia, video clips, background of the film.

Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives
Has a guide to the collections (includes fieldnotes, manuscripts recordings, photographs), with brief descriptions of collections. There is a guide to their film archives and links to other ethnographic archives.

Sometimes in April
HBO TV Film directed and written by Haitian director, Raoul Peck, on the Rwanda genocide. "the story of Hutu Captain Augustin Muganza, who is forced to relive the genocide when he receives a letter from his brother detained in Arusha, Tanzania, for his role as a broadcaster at an extremist radio station that spurred on the killings with hate propaganda."
Human Rights Watch 2005 Film Festival -
Interview with HBO executive Sam Martin -
South Africa's News 24 -,,2-11-1447_1493943,00.html
Internet Movie Database -

Son of Man
Premiered at the 2006 Sundance Festival (Utah). "portrays Christ as a modern African revolutionary and aims to shatter the Western image of a placid savior with fair hair and blue eyes." ""The important thing about the message of Christ was that it is universal. It doesn't matter what he looked like." Directed by Mark Dornford-May, who won the Golden Bear for best film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival for U-Carmen eKhayelitsha. Filmed in South Africa. CNN review and Guardian (London) review.

[South Africa] National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa
Promotes the South African film and video industry, domestically and internationally. Has documents (European Union - South Africa Film Symposium, Nov. 2000; the 2001 Johannesburg Indaba), a directory of resources for Production, Studio Hire, Media, Equipment, Distribution, Stock Shots, Archiving and Storage; important industry organizations, funding sources, hiring sources, industry statistics, the full text of two reports by Howard Thomas (Pitching Secrets, The Ratings Game), and a Newsletter.

South African Film Website
Film news, workshops, film festivals, film industry jobs. A directory of mainly South African organisations: Broadcasters, Regulators, Grant Providers, Financiers, Distributors, Collectives, Unions and Guilds, Film Schools and General. Advice for film makers, documents / articles about the South African film industry, links to film-related websites. [KF]

South African International Documentary Festival, Encounters
Film festival and workshops, held in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The festival began in 1999.

SPIA Media Productions, Inc.
Film company founded by Cape Verdean Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins. Films distributed include Sarraounia (Director: Med Hondo, based on the true story of the 19th century Queen of the Aznas, Sarraounia, who was trained from birth as a warrior and leader), Testamento (soundtrack scored by Cape Verdean musician Tito Paris, and features an appearance by Cesaria Evora), Spirit of Cape Verde (celebrates the bonds between New England, Cape Verde and President Pereira's historic first state visit to the United States in l983).

Stanford Digital Language Lab
Language learning facility for Stanford University. Has audio and video recording capability, foreign language digital media content, ... Access to subscription based Scola (which has TV from African countries; some universities subscribe). or

Steps for the Future
Films about life in Southern Africa in the presence of HIV/AIDS. "narrative documentaries, music videos, experimental films, short films, investigative stories and even sexy public service announcements." Films are available for purchase from the website and possibly from Clarkes. [KF]
Examples of some films:

  • IT'S MY LIFE, by Brian Tilley. South Africa. Zackie Achmat is an AIDS activist who refuses to take anti-retrovirals until they are made freely available.
  • NIGHT STOP, by Licinio Azevedo. 52 minutes, Mozambique. In central Mozambique lies the Corridor of Death, a long-distance trucking route, where more than 30% of the population are HIV+.
  • A FIGHTING SPIRIT, by Leo Phiri. Zimbabwe.A national hero turns public enemy when he confesses his tragic secret. Gilbert Josamu, Zimbabwean middle-weight boxing champion, discovered he was HIV-positive at the height of his career.
  • CHOOSE LIFE, by Dorothy Brislin Ntone. Mozambique. In this exuberant music video Kapa Dech, one of the best-known Mozambican bands, uses the funeral of a young man who has died of AIDS to get across their message of hope.
  • IMITI IKULA, by Sampa Kangwa and Simon Wilkie. Zambia. Memory is one of the 75 000 street kids in Lusaka, most of them orphans due to AIDS.
  • HO EA RONA, by Dumisani Phakathi. Lesotho. A short film about four friends who are HIV positive: a national boxer, a DJ, an intellectual, and an AIDS activist.
  • TRUE FRIENDS, by Bert Sonnenschein. Mozambique. A trilogy of short films using hand-made animal puppets to dramatise different issues around HIV/AIDS, making them easily accessible to young children 5 to 8 years old.
  • NDODII? by Farai Matambidzanwa. Zimbabwe. Ndodii? (What shall I do?) is set in a remote village in Zimbabwe, the film depicts the impact of HIV/AIDS on the traditional practice of wife inheritance.


Strategies for Hope
In English and French. Produces relatively inexpensive books, videos, a training package, Stepping Stones, for community-based approaches to HIV prevention, care and support, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Begun in 1989. Based in Oxford, U.K.

Streaming Movies Rights
How to find legal rental or purchase copies of streaming films. Has for ex. the film,War Child.

Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development)( Ammerland/ Starnberger See, Germany)
"...concerns itself with development related information and education in tourism." Sponsors a film award for films showing responsible tourism.

Sundance Film Festival. 2010 New African Cinema
Featured three films - "South African filmmaker Jenna Bass draws from ancient mythological storytelling traditions ..... in relating a modern-day tale of warfare in Zimbabwe in...The Tunnel. Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu creates a vision in her film Pumzi, a story of a botanist who risks everything to nurture a plant 35 years after the "Water War.” "Senegalese filmmaker Dyana Gaye draws from the fifties- and sixties-style French musicals to breathe fresh air into Saint Louis Blues, a buoyant road-trip tale set in the clogged urban streets and dusty roads of Senegal."

Tarifa African Film Festival, 7th, May 2010, Sevilla, Spain / Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa / Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa (FCAT)
In Spanish, French, English.

Third World Newsreel (New York)
Sells / rents films and videos by people of color. Reassemblage by Trinh T. Minh-ha & Jean-Paul Bourdier on Senegal. Address: 545 Eighth Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10018.

Tomaselli, Keyan and Arnold Shepperson - "A Confusion of Cinematic Consciousness: Southern Africa on Film in the United States"
Full text of the Oct. 20, 2000 article in the e-journal, Safundi.

The Triumph of Evil: How the West Ignored Warnings of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide...
Site of the public television program, Frontline. Includes interviews with Philip Gourevitch and others, a chronology of events, the influence of the 1993 Somalia events, excerpts from related books, a summary of actions by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the text of crucial cables between the UN commander and Kofi Annan, special reports (The Rwandan Girl Who Refused to Die, by Fergal Keane, The Crime of Genocide by Alain Destaxhe, The Rwandan Crisis by Gerard Prunier), map, etc. [KF]

Tsha Tsha
Edutainment television drama series commissioned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation "depicting the lives of four young adults in an impoverished rural town in the Eastern Cape. The series explores the choices that young South Africans are faced with, and deals with AIDS, death, love, relationships, and sex and its consequences." Download guides and related film information. Produced by Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation, CADRE (Johannesburg). [KF]

T-Shirt Travels
"T-Shirt Travels takes us on to our local charity bin to the remote fishing villages in Southern Africa to introduce us to a people desperate to do anything to make ends meet. Focusing on Zambia, this journey investigates the second hand clothes business and seeks to understand the growing inequalities that exist between the first and third world." Has Suggested Readings, distribution sources, related web sites.

2005 Best Foreign Film for the Academy Awards (held March 2006). "a gritty and moving portrait of an angry young man living in a state of urban deprivation. Set amidst the Johannesburg township of Soweto, Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car jacking. This dramatic event will drive Tsotsi into an unexpected relationship with this baby where he will discover the true meaning of adulthood, love and life. The soundtrack features several tracks by South African Kwaito (South Africa's hip-hop) legend, Zola, including his most acclaimed hits Mdlwembe, It’s Your Life, Bhambatha as well as other Kwaito/hip-hop musicians." Audio clips, movie trailer. BBC article (March 6, 2006). Guardian article (March 10, 2006).

TV5 Monde
In French. Includes TV5 Monde Afrique with Live TV. Audio clips. Current news (AFP). Cinema, music, sports, etc. "la première web TV entièrement consacrée au continent africain" Also available for subscription in the U.S. through Dish Network.

TV News Search & Borrow - From the Internet Archive
Free archive of U.S. TV news collected from networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. by the Internet Archive. Search transcripts using keywords to retrieve relevant video clips. Example - retrieve video news clips about Boko Haram or an interview with Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. As of 2012, news from 2009 onwards is available. Complete programs can be borrowed on DVD. [KF]

United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) (Stanford University)
Sponsored by the United Nations Association, Midpeninsula Chapter, and the Stanford Film Society. Location: Cubberley Auditorium (School of Education).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Photographs
Many Africa-related photographs especially of refugees. Photos are free. Also videos.

University of California, Berkeley, Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Holds an African Film Festival every year around January or February. To see past films shown use the Advanced Search. In the Film Series box, put in african film festival.

University of California, Berkeley, Moffitt Library - African Cinema; Theatrical Movies about Africa
Movies by African Filmmakers, Movies Set In/About Africa, African Studies videography (find films by country), Bibliography of books about African cinema in the U.C. Berkeley library.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive
TV news 1968 (August 5) to the present. Covers the evening news from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News. Loans DVDs of news, a service fee is charged.  Universities can access streaming video at a charge. See fees. Examples - has short clips of the 1983 Chad-Libya conflict, Pope John Paul II's 1992 visit to Senegal. Based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Villon Films (Vancouver, Canada)
" independent producer and distributor of socio-political documentary film..." "founded by Peter Davis, who has written, produced, and directed more than thirty documentaries..." The Film Catalogue describes 38 films on Africa including Remember Mandela!, In Darkest Hollywood, and Generations of Resistance. The Peter Davis Collection is at Indiana University; it includes interviews with South African activists.

Vinasha Productions,
Gambia independent film and TV Production company. Producers of popular TV programmes and films. Trailers of their films - Banjul Cops, Lou Waay Def, Am Sahout Nyka Sahout. Based in Banjul, The Gambia. [KF]

Vues d'Afrique
Vues d'Afrique, based in Montreal, Canada, is a non-profit which sponsors exhibits, workshops, film/video/TV festivals featuring African and Creole nations. Has a schedule of African/Creole festivals world-wide. The video clips require a fast connection, sound card, speakers, RealPlayer. In French and English.
Their Acces Cinema Africain/African Film Access festival has a French language program to facilitate French language study through the Penobscot School.

War / Dance
Directed by Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine. (THINKFilm) A Shine Global and Fine Films Production. Movie trailer, director's interview, press articles. Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Shine Global Inc. is a "film production company dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children worldwide through the production of documentary films." Based in Montclair, New Jersey.
"War/Dance tells the story of Uganda's brutal civil war through the eyes of three children.....War/Dance follows their historic journey as they compete for the first time in the finals of Uganda's National Music and Dance Competition. Devastated by the horrors of war, they carry the hopes and dreams of their entire village with them as they struggle to be crowned national champion." - description from the 10th U.N. Association Film Festival 2007, Stanford University.

War Witch
2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film. About a girl child soldier. Was filmed in the Congo. Has a Facebook page.
Africa Channel trailer and review
Hollywood Reporter article

"White Hotel" - documentary by Dianne Griffin and Tobi Solvang
Documentary told through the eyes of two women filmmakers following an HIV research team in Eritrea. On the movie site, Rotten Tomatoes.

Wisconsin Film Festival
Annual festival which includes African films.

Witness (New York, NY)
"...strengthens local activists by giving them video cameras and field training" to expose human rights abuses. A non-profit, NGO founded by Peter Gabriel, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and the Reebok Foundation. Order videos from the Witness archive of "first-hand testimonies, interviews and imagery about rights violations and conflict sites around the world" or from the Store. Offers tips / techniques about video and on creating videos.

Women in Film and Television South Africa, WIFTSA
"...the South African chapter of WIFT international" Members range "from the owners of production companies to directors, entertainment lawyers, actresses, camerawomen, make-up artists and students." Information on training, grants, organizations, events.

Women Make Movies
Descriptions, information on films by African women directors and films about African women. Use the Subject search and select "Africa." See also their New Voices on African Studies. "WMM is the largest distributor of women's media in North America."

Wonders of the African World - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Covers Black Pharaohs, Meroe, Gedi, the Swahili People, Zanzibar, the Ashanti and Dahomey (Benin) Kingdoms, Aksum, Gondar, the Churches of Lalibela, the Dogon, Grand Mosque of Djenne, Empires of Mali & Ghana, the Tuareg, Great Zimbabwe, a 1,000 year old South African city - Mapangubwe, the Shona People, etc. Site based on the TV programs hosted by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard Univ.) Includes a kids' activity page, teachers' lesson plans, audio clips.
For comments on H-Africa about the TV series, see: Page down to "Wonders of the African World". Includes comments by Prof. Ali Mazrui and a reply by Prof. Gates. For Mazrui's comments see also:
Africa Update (Central Connecticut State University) Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2000 on the debate.
Aubrey, Lisa - "Wondering about Wonders: Africa, African-Americans, and Henry Louis Gates"
West Africa Review, Special issues of the e-journal on the TV series. Vol. 1, No. 2, Jan. 2000. Vol. 1, No. 2a, March 2000.

A Working Filmography of Religious Practice in Africa
"online database of approximately 200 documentary films compiled at SOAS, University of London, as part of a research project on religious thought and practice in Africa, directed by Louis Brenner, Emeritus Professor of the History of Religion in Africa at SOAS University of London." or

Film by Malian Director Souleymane Cissé. 1987. 105 mins. Color. in Bambara with English subtitles. "Set in the powerful Mali Empire of the 13th century, Yeelen follows the journey of Nianankoro, a young warrior who must battle the powerful Komo cult. Nianankoro's greatest enemy is his own father, a dangerous and corrupt wizard who uses his dark magic to try and destroy his son." Available on DVD from Kino International (New York City).

Nominated for a 2005 Academy Award in the category Best Foreign Language Picture. Written and directed by Darrell James Roodt. Produced by Anant Singh. "follows the life of an illiterate Zulu woman and mother named Yesterday who contracts HIV/Aids from her migrant husband worker who refuses to accept this and leaves her." "Yesterday is the first-ever commercial isiZulu feature film.."
Official site:

YouTube South Africa
South African version of YouTube. YouTube's first domain on the continent. "easily discover local content and content producers." "see, for example, the most popular and most viewed videos in South Africa along with local content" Content from South African Broadcasting Corporation and "Rhodes Journalism School and Wits Journalism School, are also using YouTube to showcase aspiring journalists’ talent and highlight news items that are frequently under-reported."

Zanzibar Interntional Film Festival / Festival of the Dhow Countries
Features "cinema of the Dhow Countries (Africa, Gulf States, Iran, India, Pakistan, Indian Ocean Archipelago)." Includes facts about Zanzibar, photographs. [KF]

An independent film and video production company based in Harare. Its film, Flame, about a woman soldier in the War of Liberation, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and won the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Award.
Diversity Studio has a site of articles about Flame:


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