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African Film Library

Overview
Works: 38 works in 39 publications in 8 languages and 63 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Biographical films  Historical films  War films  Road films  Documentary films  Crime films  Motion pictures  Folklore 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by African Film Library
South African chronicles : March-June 1987( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Made by 12 young South African film-makers, these chronicles give us a unique look into the daily violence of the apartheid system as seen from within the different communities. Skillful integration of striking visuals coupled with creative edit techniques provide for compelling viewing"--Container
Agostinho Neto( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Portuguese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Agostinho Neto was one of the most important figures of the Movement for the Liberation of Angola. Founder of M.P.L.A. (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola). He experienced many intense years in the fight for the liberation of his country. This is a documentary about a man, a poet, a humanist and in someway a hero. This documentary attempts to paint the picture of the personality and figure that was Agostinho Neto, using archive material, the testimony of his friends and the recreation of some episodes of his life"--Container
The line( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the townships of Soweto and Hillbrow, this film tells the story of ordinary South Africans caught in the middle of violent events in a society that is rapidly changing. This drama shows that, despite warring factions, police brutality, and indiscriminate killings, people there still experience love, laughter, and, inevitably, tears
You, Africa : Youssou N'Dour and Super Etoile : the African tour( Visual )

in Wolof and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary of the 1994 tour of nine West African nations by Senegalese performing artist, Youssou N'Dour and his band and back-up dancers, Super Etoile. In brief, private moments, between concert performances, Youssou discusses the serious political and spiritual purposes behind his music
My vote is my secret : South African chronicles April 1994( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 27, 1991, something unprecedented happened in South Africa: after Nelson Mandela's release from prison earlier that year, the grim reign of apartheid came to an end, and the first democratic elections for all South African people were organized. The three filmmakers follow this event in the former Bophutatswana, in a garment factory, at the Inkhata party headquarters, in a small country school for black children, and at ANC headquarters. The unalloyed joy in people's faces is sad (given that we take voting for granted) and infectious at the same time
Ballroom fever( Visual )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about ballroom dancing in South Africa. Includes footage of dancers in class and rehearsals, as well as in performance at the annual international ballroom dancing competition held at Sun City, South Africa
Touki-bouki by Djibril Diop Mambéty( Visual )

in Wolof and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind
Udju azul di yonta = The blue eyes of Yonta by Flora Gomes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in Creoles and Pidgins, Portuguese-based and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a portrait of the disillusionment of the revolutionary generation in Guinea-Bissau and the vibrant, if unintended, society which developed after independence in 1973. Tells the story of three people so in love with their dreams that they miss the real opportunities which life offers
La grammaire de grand mere (aka - grandma's grammar( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seated in a bar, the late Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety (1945-1998) speculates on the nature of cinematic storytelling. Somewhat in his cups, he plays with the words 'grammaire' (grammar) and 'grand-mere' (grandmother), basically arguing that one is not required to conform to pre- established rules and that the filmmaker is free to develop his/ her own grammar, just like grandma's stories are not always the same. Behind the camera is Jean-Pierre Bekolo from Cameroon
Bafo bafo-- "what kind!?" : Sid Kitchen & Madala Kunene( Visual )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the cross-cultural collaboration between two highly individual South African guitarists, Syd Kitchen and Madala Kunene. Together they are Bafo Bafo
Chronicles of South Africa : March-June 1987( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insights into the daily violence of the apartheid system
Brenda Fassie : not a bad girl( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South Africa's late great diva Brenda Fassie is captured at the height of her powers, fame and wealth in this 1997 documentary that is all the more affecting for her subsequent tragic death. Brenda Fassie is by all accounts the most popular singer in the history of South African music, her record sales eclipsing even that of international artists. This intimate documentary shows intimate unseen footage of Brenda at home, on stage and returning to her township roots on one of her regular visits to her biological mother. Brenda's speaks openly on subjects of sex, religion, her fears and passions in life. Poignantly, at one point Fassie remarks, "I'm trying to live because I'm going to die one day. You only live once and then its finished, you're not coming back."
Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz( Visual )

in Zulu and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"A true classic of South African cinema, "Mapantsula" captures the politically charged atmosphere of the country in the late 1980s at the height of the Apartheid era. Thomas Mogotlane plays the character of Panic, a small-time crook specialising in picking pockets and mugging at knifepoint. Whether hanging in the streets, bullying his way at the shebeen, or eluding his landlady, Panic is unforgettable. But it is his journey from petty thief to man of principle that is the true fabric of this film. Arrested one day with a group of political activists, Panic is interrogated by the Security Police who tries to turn him into an informant. He is forced to make some life altering decisions."--Container
Emitaï by Ousmane Sembène( Visual )

in Dyula and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men
Her lives & times : Ingrid Jonker( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contras city( Visual )

in Wolof and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Djibril Diop Mambety's deeply ironic and biting commentary on the divided city that was Dakar in 1969, on the one hand, colonial, affluent and pompous, on the other, indigenous, poor but genuine. In this 21-minute journey around Dakar, Senegalese director Mambety is as caustic about the corrupting influence of the West as he is in his feature films Hyenas and Touki Bouki. As the camera cuts from one side of town to the other, juxtaposing the imposed with the vernacular, the viewer is left in little doubt as to the ravages of colonial rule - on both the colonised and the coloniser."--African Film Library website
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( Visual )

in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old, self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly-independent state. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the U.S. Lumumba would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated
Quartier Mozart by Jean-Pierre Bekolo( Visual )

in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A sorceress helps a young girl enter the body of a young man so she can understand the sexual politics of her working class quarter of Yaounde, Cameroon's capital
Sarah( Visual )

1 edition published in 1975 in Afrikaans and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

As voortvlugtende moordenaar in die Kalahari, ontmoet Karel Hansen (Gordon Vorster) die jong weduwee Sarah (Trix Pienaar). Hy koop haar plaas en trek by haar in. Die geskinder op die klein dorpie laat hulle besluit om te trou en sy begin hom rehabiliteer. Hulle ondervind die suiwerste en grootste geluk tot die lang arm van die gereg hulle vind. Soos die Boesman gewoontes wat hy aangeleer het, eindig sy lewe bo-op 'n sandduin
Bye bye Africa by Mahamat Saleh Haroun( Visual )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this reflexive docu-drama about the difficulties of making films in Africa, an exiled film director returns to Chad after the death of his mother. There he discovers, as a result of wars, that motion picture theaters have been abandoned in favor of makeshift video theaters often in private homes. Haroun visits a producer who suggests that he make a film using a video camera and concludes that the important thing is to continue to produce films no matter what the circumstances
 
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