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ArtMattan Productions

Works: 203 works in 443 publications in 6 languages and 14,294 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Internet videos  Documentary films  History  Educational films  Juvenile works  Biography  Nonfiction films  Children's films  Animated films 
Roles: Production personnel, Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, E
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Most widely held works about ArtMattan Productions
Most widely held works by ArtMattan Productions
The tracker by Rolf De Heer( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tracker: An Aborigine tracker is teamed with three mounted policemen to search for a fugitive suspected of murdering a white woman. A study in archetypes and stereotypes, as each individual moves closer to their own primal emotions and instincts as they move further into the outback. When the searchers come into contact with the native peoples of the wilderness, their urges find new and brutal outlets
Otomo( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in German and English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictionalized reconstruction of the story of Frederic Otomo, a West African political refugee, who is stopped on a subway by an intolerant conductor. He panics, breaks loose, and escapes. Hours later, when confronted by police, he stabs 5 officers before being gunned down by one of them
Kirikou and the sorceress by Michel Ocelot( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in French and English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This animated film exquisitely recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village on which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked"--Container
White king, red rubber, black death( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Denounced by the Belgian government, this documentary uses dramatic reenactments and interviews with historians to describe how King Leopold II of Belgium was directly responsible for the death of 10 million native inhabitants of the Congo Free State during the period of 1885 and 1908 and the mutilation of countless others while using the Congo as his private colony. Under his military control, the Congo became a forced labor camp of shocking brutality and torture while exporting rubber for the king's personal coffers. It is believed to be the impetus for the first Human Rights movement based on the cruelty and mass murders during Leopold's reign of terror
100% Arabica by Mahmoud Zemmouri( Visual )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in French and English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rising popularity of a local band threatens orthodox religious groups in a mixed Arab and African housing project outside Paris. Attendance at the mosque falls and drastic measures are taken to keep the balance of power in the hands of the religious leaders. No one can stop the infectious popularity of the music, however, and when all the musicians finally sing together, everyone is united
Borders( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in French and English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six men and a woman set out on the hazardous journey from Senegal to Morocco in a bid to slip illegally into Europe to escape from the poverty and internecine warfare of Africa. All are lured by the promise of a better life, but the challenges are numerous
Massai : les guerriers de la pluie by Pascal Plisson( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in Masai and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Faced with a dangerous drought, Masai elders are convinced that they have been cursed by the Red God - the God of Vengeance. Following the death of the war chief, a group of adolescents band together to form a new generation of inexperienced but brave warriors, forcing them into adulthood. The young men must return with the mane of the legendary lion to appease the wrath of the Red God and bring back the rains. The survival of their culture depends on this quest"--Container
Black Hands : Trial of the Arsonist Slave( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film investigates slavery in Canada through the story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a Black slave accused of burning Montreal in 1734. After an epic trial, this untamable slave is tortured and sentenced to death. But was she really guilty of this crime or was she the victim of a bigger conspiracy? Why this voluntary amnesia about this unknown page of Canadian history? A fascinating 52 minute documentary that powerfully mixes interviews with historians and stylized theatrical re-enactments
Jacques Roumain : Passion for a Country( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exploration of Haitian society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries focuses on the tormented life of one of Haiti's most important authors and prominent political figures, Jacques Roumain. In his perceptive writings, Roumain raised questions about the issues facing Haiti that remain relevant today. Some of Jacques Roumain's best writings were translated by the legendary African-American poet Langston Hughes. The question is raised: what legacy has Jacques Roumain left for the future of Haitian youth?
Congo : White King, Red Rubber, Black Death( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned the Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, the Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children's hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a "tendentious diatribe" for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo. Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo
Sara Gomez : an Afro-Cuban Filmmaker( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in 1943, Afro-Cuban film director Sarah Gomez studied literature, piano, and Afro-Cuban ethnography before becoming the first female Cuban filmmaker. A woman of great intelligence, independence and generosity, she was a revolutionary filmmaker with intersecting concerns about the Afro-Cuban community and the value of its cultural traditions, women's issues, and the treatment of the marginalized sectors of society. Through archival footage of her works and interviews with her children and husband Germinal Hernandez, cast members of her best-know film De cierta manera, as well as colleagues and friends, we get closer to a filmmaker who invented new landscapes and brought together opposite worlds
Sexy Money : Life After Prostitution( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, a growing group of illegal prostitutes from West Africa has settled in the suburbs of major cities both in the Netherlands and in the rest of Europe. The women go there in order to escape poverty, but for most of them, the European adventure is a disappointment that ends when they fly back to Nigeria empty-handed. The film listens to these women talk about their European adventure and shows the development of two women who, after returning to Nigeria, try to build a new life. There are countless obstacles. Time and again they are confronted with a merciless society in which there seems to be no room for them. The film is not only a plea for their resilience but also an expression of it. Music, as a source, pleasure and beauty plays an important role in the lives of women and also in the film, with songs especially composed for it by Nneka, one of Nigeria's best singer/songwriters
Tango Negro : the African Roots of Tango( Visual )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tango Negro, The African Roots of Tango by Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of Tango's Africanness and the contribution of African cultures in the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves that were taken to South America-including Argentina and Uruguay-mostly from central Africa, particularly from the former Kongo Kingdom. Director Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Cáceres
Daratt by Mahamat Saleh Haroun( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Arabic and French and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals. Atim, 16 years old, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may kill the man who killed his father. Atim leaves his village for N'djamena, seeking a man he does not know. He quickly locates him: former war criminal Nassara is now married and settled down as the owner of a small bakery. With the firm intention of killing him, Atim gets closer to Nassara under the guise of looking for work, and is hired as an apprentice baker. Intrigued by Atim's attitude toward him, Nassara takes him under his wing and teaches him the secrets of making bread. Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two. Despite his disgust, Atim seems to recognise in Nassara the father figure he has always needed, while Nassara sees the teenager as a potential son
The Homecoming / [eVideo - Films on Demand]( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie, Thabo and Peter, three "MK" veterans from the armed branch of the African National Congress, return to post-apartheid South Africa in 1996 after years in exile. It will not be easy for them to find their place in society again. Charlie dreams of opening a club. Thabo has to patch up his relationship with his wife and son. Peter continues to work for the party, and investigate the traitors of the ANC. Continuously hampered as he delves into the government's files, his ensuing investigations provide shocking revelations about the identities of the traitors. Pared down from a successful mini series for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Homecoming draws its plot from the real life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker and writer, Zola Maseko, a former "MK" soldier of the ANC
Denying Brazil( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2019 in Portuguese and English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using his own memories, as well as television footage, the director analyzes race relations as portrayed in early Brazilian soap operas
The Pirogue by Moussa Touré( Visual )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in French and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[A] drama of 30 men (and one woman, a stowaway) who set out on an illegal 7-day voyage to Spain--making the perilous trip in a pirogue--a boat resembling a vastly oversized dinghy. While sharing a common desire to build a better future, these men hail from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. The story grows from a finely delineated mosaic of personalities ... that span the emotional panoply of human experience"--Container
Black Dju( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in Portuguese and English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it's a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. But it's not just the weather that's not welcoming, Dju also has to face overzealous immigration cops
The night of destiny by Abelkrim Bahloul( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in French and English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty five years old Abdelkader Silimani, an Algerian Muslim living in France, after inadvertently witnessing a murder, closely escapes from the murderers by hiding out into a mosque. The black leather dressed masked murderers, with their firearms in hand, do not hesitate to enter the mosque full of praying men looking for the eyewitness. They leave empty handed but determined not to give up their search
Names live nowhere( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in French and English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this film whose title is a Senegalese proverb, a griot (story teller) traveling from Dakar to Brussels weaves a tale about African expatriates and offers a candid look at the life of African immigrants in Belgium. With Sotigui Kouyaté - a real life griot - as the story teller
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