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African Studies Center Films

The African Studies Center offers a wide-variety of educational films on Africa. These resources are housed in the Center and available for K-12 educators to view on a daily basis.

Films can be reserved free of charge and viewed in-house at the African Studies Center

Films can be reserved free of charge and viewed in-house at the African Studies Center.  ASC staff will provide a room and T.V and VCR for viewing.  Films must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance either via phone or email at: (310) 825-3686 or at

The ASC offers the following films:

6000 A Day: Account of a Catastrophe Foretold.  This film examines the global failure to prevent the spread of  AIDS.  It is an indictment of governments, NGO’s, and key individuals.  Running Time: 55 minutes. 
Produced and Directed by: Philip Brooks

A Mobile World.  A documentary about the technical revolution of mobile phones throughout Africa and the world.  Running Time: 50 minutes.  Produced and Directed by: Jean-Michel Mariou, Francine Raymond & Jean-Paul Gerouard

Africa.  An Epic 8 part series which presents Africa through the eyes of its people.  Each film has a running time of approximately 67 minutes.

  • Episode 1: Savanna Homecoming
  • Episode 2:  Desert Odyssey
  • Episode 3:  Voices of the Forest
  • Episode 4:  Mountains of Faith
  • Episode 5:  Love of the Sahel
  • Episode 6:  Restless Waters
  • Episode 7:  Leopards of Zanzibar
  • Episode 8: Southern Treasures

Children of War.  A documentary about the thousands of children who are kidnapped by the Ugandan rebel army, the Lord Resistance Army.  The children are tortured, used as sex slaves and are forced to kill.  John Rheinstein, a therapist from Save the Children Denmark, attempts to rehabilitate and create a new life for the children who have managed to escape from the rebel army.  Running Time: 45 minutes.  Produced and Directed by: Henrik Grunnet and Keld Kluwer

Everyone’s Child.  An inside look into the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS on African families.   Everyone’s Child is the story of four Zimbabwean siblings whose parents have both died of AIDS.  Running Time: 90 minutes.  Producer: Media for Development Trust.  Director: Tsitsi Dangarembga         

Franz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask.  This film explores the life of Franz Fanon as well as his two major works, Black Skin, White Mask and The Wretched of the Earth. 
Running time: 50 minutes.  Producer: Mark Nash.  Director: Issac Julien.

Liberia: The Promised Land.  The film chronicles the beginnings of Liberia and its tumultuous past.  The film is narrated by Richard Tolbert, the son of former and slain president William Tolbert.  Running Time: 40 minutes.  Produced by: Journeyman Pictures

Lumumba.  A film about the political life and death of Patrice Lumumba. Running Time: 115 minutes. Produced and Directed by: Raoul Peck

Mali & Senegal- The Power of Islam.  A documentary about the spread of Islam in
Mali and Senegal, as well as its influence over economics and politics.  Running
Time:  49 minutes.  Produced by: NHK 

Politics Do Not a Banquet Make.  A film about the political legacies of Ethiopia, as well as the everyday struggles of its citizens.  The film shadows a sick woman who lost her son and granddaughter in the great famine of 1984, and still struggles to feed her children today.  With the hardships she experiences, it is difficult for her to focus on democracy and politics in her country.  Runningtime: 52minutes.  Produced and Directed by: Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele. 

Rwanda: History of a Genocide.  A recount of the genocide which occurred in Rwanda in 1994.  With compelling first-hand accounts and historical footage, this film gives the viewer a true sense of what  this devastating phenomena entailed.  Running time: 52 minutes.  Producer/Director: Robert Genoud. 

Searching for Hawa’s Secret.  The film chronicles the exciting story of a scientific quest to find a vaccine for AIDS.  Frank Plummer, a Canadian scientist, studies a small group of sex workers in Nairobi who, despite their occupation, never contract the HIV virus.  Plummer is convinced that this group of woman are immune, and is on a mission to discover what is in these women’s bodies that prevent infection.  Running time: 47 minutes.  Produced by: Joe MacDonald.  Directed by: Larry Krotz

Somalia-The Neglected Civil War.  An in-depth look at the chaotic years of Somalia since its independence in 1960.  The film also examines the country’s position as a target in the “war against terrorism” launched by the US and its allies.  Running  Time: 49 minutes.  Produced by: NHK

The Continent that Overslept: Africa.  An investigative report into the problems of the African continent.  Despite a wealth of natural resources, Africa suffers from corruption, poverty, disease, and warfare.  Running Time: 58 minutes.  Produced by: Poul Erik Heilbuth and Hans Bulow 

The Real Eve.  This Discovery Channel films explore the origins of mankind as descendants of the African continent.  The film is narrated by acclaimed actor Danny Glover.  Running time: 58.25 minutes.

Two Dollars With or Without a Condom.  In a section of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, some 130,000 girls support themselves through prostitution.  This documentary shadows young girls who have been orphaned or thrown out by their families, and turn to prostitution to survive.  Almost all of the girls are HIV positive and condoms are seldom used.  Running time: 40 minutes.  Produced by: Cadmos Films.

Uganda: The Presidential Tour.  A Discovery and Travel Channel film, which documents the beautiful sights and scenery of Uganda.  Running Time: 49 minutes. 

Visual Encounters: Africa, Oceania and Modern Art. This film provides a guided tour of the "Visual Encounters" exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Swittzerland. In this exhibition, works from Africa and Oceania are juxtaposed with modern Western art. Ever since its inauguration in 1997, classical modern paintings have been shown alongside selected Oceanic and African sculptures. Running time: 67 minutes.

Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN).  The Women’s Intercultural Network is an international non-profit organization, based in San Francisco, California, that links women and young girls in the US and across the world.  The video is the organization’s July 2001 conference, “Calling the Circle of Women From the US, Uganda and Japan,” which was held in Uganda that year. 

Women with Open Eyes.  This film examines the role of African women in the development of African democracies.  Running time: 52 minutes.  Produced and directed by: Anne-Laure Folly. 

Woubi Cheri.  This film gives African homosexuals the chance to describe their world in their own words.  The film explores the plight of homosexuals in Francophone Africa as they demand their right to construct a distinct African homosexual identity.  Running time: 62 minutes.  Produced and Directed by: Phillip Brooks and Laurent Bocahut.

Zimbabwe & South Africa.  A documentary which examines the racial conflicts of blacks and whites in Zimbabwe and South Africa, birthed out of Apartheid and colonial rule.  Running time: 49 minutes.  Produced by: NHK 

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