Owo Blow – The Genesis

Director: Tade Ogidan
Country: Nigeria
Year: 1997
Running Time: 80 min.
Language: Yoruba

Mr. Owolabi is a father of four whose quest to create a just society unwittingly earns him a ten year jail term. His incarceration wreaks havoc on his family, who are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.

Out of Bounds

Director: Tade Ogidan
Country: Nigeria
Year: 1997
Running Time: 115 min.
Language: English

Pastor Voke’s star is on the rise and his congregation is growing. But success brings him face to face with temptation. Will he be able to resist or will he lose his soul on the road to fame?

Outlaw Culture

Director: Phybia Dlamini
Country: South Africa
Year: 2005
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: English and Zulu

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Heterosexism is the assumption that an audience is heterosexual. This considered documentary accuses South Africa’s media of repeatedly and consciously delivering gay issues and stories in a negative fashion. When there is a gay connection, responsible reporting gives way to scandal; be it Brenda Fassie’s artistic choices, Mokoena’s lobola payment or Professor Papo’s murder. Seeking answers, Dlamini interviews artists and reporters presenting the facts behind the homophobic drama.

Ousmane (Deweneti)

Director: Dyana Gaye
Country: Senegal / France
Year: 2006
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Wolof

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Ousmane, a 7-year-old child who begs in the streets, decides to write a letter to Santa Claus.

Our Father / Abouna

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Country: Chad
Year: 2002
Running Time: 84 min.
Language: Arabic and French

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Our Father is the beautifully photographed story of 15-year-old Tahir and 8-year-old Amine who find one morning that their father has abandoned them. Their search for him in the city turns into delinquency, when one day at the movies, they think they recognize him on screen. Stealing the reel not only gets them arrested, but also sent to a Koranic school far away.

Ouaga Hip Hop

Director: Benny Malapa
Country: Burkina Faso / Cameroon / France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French, Wolof, Mooré, Jula, and Bambara

This documentary shows how the Hip Hop Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, enables dancers, actors, and rappers from France and West Africa to meet and exchange ideas.

Oriki

Director: Moisés Augusto and Jorge Alfredo
Country: Brazil
Year: 2000
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Portuguese

Oriki – a poem in praise of Iemanjá, queen of the sea and goddess of creation. Mother Olga, Arnaldo Antunes, Augusto de Campos, and Virgínia Rodrigues bring about the contact between persons and the gods

On Line Rendez-Vous / Rencontre En Ligne

Director: Adama Roamba
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 2004
Running Time: 12 min.
Language: French

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A short film on love in the age of internet, On Line Rendez-Vous chronicles the everyday rituals of a middle-aged couple, Franck and Myriam who continue to perform the empty rituals of their loveless marriage in resentful silence: passively trading barbs through uncivil personal messages scrawled on their bathroom mirror, spiking drinks at dinner time, demarcating their sleeping area of the bed with a stretch of rope, and flaunting their virtual infidelities in front of each other. Convinced that he has met the woman of his dreams, Franck arranges for a rendez-vous on Valentine’s Day with unexpected – and inebriating – results.

One Sunday Morning

Director: Manu Kurewa
Country: UK / Nigeria
Year: 1997
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English

Mordecai & Margaret have both sought refuge in London from the political unrest in Nigeria. Their lives are punctuated by television newsreel of the capture and then state execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a political activist in their home country of Nigeria. The flickering light from the television and chilling soundtrack suggests at once the poetic and the banality of their lives. While outside their tenement flat, the chaotic streets of Brixton press in on their isolation.

One Sunday Morning is a striking, unforgettable film that casts the plight of asylum seekers in a humane light without moralizing or ranting.

On a Journey…

Director: Mawuli Afatsiawo
Country: Ghana
Year: 2001
Running Time: 6 min.
Language: English

Afatsiawo has crafted a haunting meditation in which fleeting images and somber music evoke loss and displacement.

Odo Ya! Life with AIDS

Director: Tânia Cypriano
Country: Brazil
Year: 1997
Running Time: 58 min.
Language: Portuguese

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A documentary about the effect of AIDS on minorities in Brazil explores the history of AIDS campaigns, the cultural implications surrounding the disease and the unusual response of one religion, Candomble, to educate the public and cope with the epidemic.

O Miradouro da Lua

Director: Jorge António
Country: Portugal / Angola
Year: 1993
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Portuguese

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A young drama apprentice gets an invitation from his unknown father to come to Angola. During the trip he meets an Angolan girl. When he gets to his father’s home, a great surprise will change his life.

Noura’s Summer / L’Été de Noura

Director: Pascal Tessaud
Country: France
Year: 2005
Running Time: 23 min.
Language: French and Arabic

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Noura’s Summer tells the story of a young high school graduate whose parents organize a marriage without her knowledge. Her older brother Icham, opposed to the marriage, sides with Noura after she launches a desperate call for help. This film won 14 prizes in 2005 and 2006, including at FIPA and Contis Film Festivals.

No Time to Die

Director: King Ampaw
Country: Ghana / Germany
Year: 2006
Running Time: 95 min.
Language: English

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Seeking to shed positive light on the recent gloomy African culture, this film portrays the change in African funeral traditions that reflect social changes of former European colonies in Africa. A romantic story, the film follows the tale of hearse driver David Dontoh and his love for a woman.

Notes on a Paper Plane

Director: Nemo Librizzi
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English

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Hope has just turned sixteen and her mother suggests its time she face the real world and learn to make money. Hope is less than enthusiastic at the prospect of taking on a part-time job, yet in obedience to her elders she seeks out a paper route.

North-South.Com

Director: François Ducat
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2007
Running Time: 53 min.
Language: French

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Since the arrival of the Internet in the African republic of Cameroon, Internet Cafés have mushroomed. In a country where nearly half the population lives under the poverty threshold, many young women, who dream of escaping a life of misery by marrying a rich, white foreigner, surf the Internet for European marriage prospects at cybercafés such as Love.com, Affection.org, Flirt.net and Meeting.com.

In the capital city of Yaoundé, North-South.Com interviews many of these young women who see Europe as a “paradise,” and who express incredibly naïve beliefs about European men-that they are more masculine, more romantic, have lots of money and always tell the truth.

The film also tells the stories of several Cameroonian women who married white Europeans, showing their current situations, the cultural differences with which they deal, and the personal sacrifices they made in exchange for economic security. We also learn of the tragedy of a 19-year-old woman who was lured to Paris by an Internet correspondent, taken captive and forced into prostitution for nine months before escaping.

In relating these heartrending stories of dreams, hopes, disappointments and happiness that develop from on-line encounters between black women and white men, North-South.Com also provides a provocative contemporary portrait of the relationship between the “developed” and “developing” worlds.

A Normal Daughter: The Life and Times of Kewpie of District Six

 

Director: Jack Lewis
Country: South Africa
Year: 2000
Running Time: 56 min.
Language: Afrikaans and English

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Before South Africa’s apartheid government in the 1970’s destroyed District Six, being gay, or “moffie,” was an accepted part of this racially and religiously diverse community in Cape Town. Kewpie’s hairdressing salon was the epicenter of this culture, a meeting place where the “girls” organized drag balls and cabaret performances, all of which are captured through her amazing collection of snapshots.

Nora

Director: Alla Kovgan and David Hinton
Country: USA / UK / Mozambique
Year: 2008
Running Time: 35 min.
Language: English

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Based on a true story, Nora takes us to the Zimbabwe of dancer Nora Chipaumire’s childhood as she journeys through the vivid memories of her youth. With the help of local performers and dancers of all ages, she brings her story to life in a swiftly moving poem of sound and image.

No Caminho das Estrelas

Director: António Ole
Country: Angola
Year: 1980
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Portuguese

This poetic, biographical tribute to Agostinho Neto features lyrics by Neto himself, and national poets Antonio Jacinto, Arnaldo Santoes, Luandino Vieira and David Mestre.

Njangaan

Director: Mahama Johnson Traoré
Country: Senegal
Year: 1974
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: French and Wolof

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The marabouts, or Muslim clergy, constitute a social class of considerable political and socioeconomic power in Muslim Africa. In this harsh tale, a fanatic father sends his young child to the same Dara he attended to become a soldier in “God’s Army.” The marabouts exploit the families and the children are made professional beggars or slave laborers rather than given education. Traoré’s daring exposé challenges Senegalese society to confront the religious establishment’s exploitation of impoverished families.