Meteni: The Lost One

Director: Wondessen Deresse
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2002
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Amharic

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Meteni is a young Afar woman with two small children. The Afars are nomads who move with their herds through northeastern Ethiopia, the hottest region on earth. Meteni’s husband lets her move there by herself, while he walks to town to buy chat, a narcotic leaf. Alone, Meteni dismantles the house, moving it and all the family’s possessions by camel to a new campsite. When she becomes pregnant, she continues her punishing workload with disastrous consequences.

Menged

Director: Daniel Taye Workou
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2006
Running Time: 21 min.
Language: Amharic

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A short film adaptation of a well-known Ethiopian folk tale about a father and son traveling through the countryside to the market.

Memória de um Dia

Director: Orlando Fortunato de Oliveira
Country: Angola
Year: 1982
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: Portuguese

This is one of the last examples of the Angolan school of historical-political documentaries. It is through photographs, interviews and reconstructions, Memória de um Dia envokes the massacre by the Portuguese against the populations of Icolo and Bemgo, who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration. The day the title refers to is the day of the tremendous repression against those who were trying to obtain information on the fate of Augustino Neto, imprisoned by the Portuguese political police.

Me And My White Pal / Moi Et Mon Blanc

Director: Pierre Yameogo
Country: Burkina Faso / France
Year: 2003
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French and Mooré

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In this satire, Mamadi, an African student in Paris, finds a stash of drugs while working as a parking attendant. When he and his white pal try to make a fast buck, they are found out by the dealers and flee to Mamadi’s home country, Burkina Faso. They do not know their arrival has started their adventure.

Mboutoukou

Director: Victor Viyuoh
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2002
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: English

When twelve-year old Napo overhears his brother and mother question his ability to take on a man’s responsibilities, he sets out to prove them wrong.

Max and Mona

Director: Teddy Mattera
Country: South Africa
Year: 2004
Running Time: 98 min.
Language: Afrikaans, English and Zulu

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A young rural man, with a talent for mourning at funerals, comes to Johannesburg to attend the university. Due to a series of mishaps, he misses his registration, and ends up with his crooked uncle in Soweto. His uncle decides to exploit his nephew’s talent for mourning, leading to a great deal of comic havoc.

Masai: The Rain Warriors

Director: Pascal Plisson
Country: France / Kenya
Year: 2004
Running Time: 94 min.
Language: French and Maa

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Masai follows a group of courageous teenagers who are sent out to secure the mane of Vitchua, the fiercest of all lions, as an offering to the rain gods. Along the way, the eight boys, a shepherd who accompanies them against his father’s wishes, and an older spiritual guide battle a rival tribe and face sickness, death, thirst and starvation, but refuse to turn back.

Martine and Thandeka

Director: Xoliswa Sithole
Country: South Africa
Year: 2008
Running Time: 24 min.
Language: English and Ndebele

Martine and Thandeka follows the stories of two women, one Congolese and one Zimbabwean, both caught up in the furor of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and struggling to redefine their uncertain futures.

Mariana and the Moon

Director: Licinio Azevedo
Country: Mozambique
Year: 1999
Running Time: 70 min.
Language: Portuguese and English

Mariana Mpande, a traditional healer and leader in a remote Mozambican village, goes to the United States to publicize the experience of community management in natural resources that have changed the life of the region where she lives, an area rich in wildlife. Extroverted and communicative, Mariana captivates audiences of intellectuals in Washington, New York and Berkeley. Koro, the monkey, is a spirit that governs her healing activities. This spirit enters into communion with Indian spirits on a reservation in northern California, and with Hawaiian spirits in the crater of a volcano.

Maré Capoeira

Director: Paola Barreto
Country: Brazil
Year: 2006
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Portuguese

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Capoeira looks like a martial art, but it is a unique mix of acrobatics, song and music. This art form originated in Brazil during the days of slavery, when slaves used it to express their emotions. The sport is still very popular in Brazil, and 10-year-old Jaõ and his mother and father all practice it. They stand in a circle out in the street and take turns dancing in the middle.

Maral Tanie / Maral Tanie: La seconde épouse

Director: Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Country: Chad / France
Year: 1994
Running Time: 25 min.
Language: Arabic and French

One bleak day, the parents of seventeen-year-old Halimé decide she should be married off to a man in his fifties. Her adamant refusal is ignored, and the date for the wedding celebration is set. Halimé doesn’t give an inch in her battle, mainly with her father to make her own choice in a husband, and inevitably the duel between parent and child turns damaging.

Mapantsula

Director: Oliver Schmitz
Country: South Africa
Year: 1988
Running Time: 104 min.
Language: Sotho, Zulu, English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

Mapantsula was the first anti-apartheid feature film by, for and about black South Africans. Filmed inside Soweto, scored to the urban beat of “Township Jive,” it has been called a South African The Harder They Come. Mapantsula tells the story of Panic, a petty gangster who inevitably becomes caught up in the growing anti-apartheid struggle and has to choose between individual gain and a united stand against the system. This film will give viewers an insider’s tour of township life and a foretaste of the vibrant popular cinema promised by the new, democratic South Africa.

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Mangwana

Director: Manu Kurewa
Country: UK and Zimbabwe
Year: 1998
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English and Shona

A car crash in the Zimbabwean bush brings about a chance encounter between two men who have never met on equal terms. Archie, an aging Scottish farmer, needs to get his truck out of a ditch, but no help is at hand. He demands assistance from Sekuru, an elder of the local village, but nothing can be done until daybreak. Sekuru feels he must offer Archie shelter. Archie, though distrustful, is compelled by circumstances to accept. Neither man is comfortable with the situation. Can the night and the experience bring any possibility of change?

Mandela

Director: Angus Gibson and Jo Menell
Country: South Africa
Year: 1992
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: English

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Mandela dramatically chronicles the life of a charismatic man from the rural spaces of South Africa. It captures his intimate moments, as well as his public ones, from massive rallies for his freedom to his inauguration as President of South Africa.

Man in a Box

Director: Mawuli Afatsiawo
Country: Ghana
Year: 2000
Running Time: 5 min.
Language: English

Mawuli Afatsiawo’s Man in a Box was originally conceived as a two-channel projection. This composite version fuses the two elements into one charged space: The artist, his body naked and painted red, is crouched inside a small box. His contorted figure, moving within the enclosed space is seen against a collage of images: children playing a game, scenes of urban street life in Ghana, construction machinery, and colonial era monuments.

Man By The Shore / L’Homme sur les Quais

Director: Raoul Peck
Country: Haiti
Year: 1993
Running Time: 105 min.
Language: Creole and French

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Set in the Haiti of the 1960s, during the dictatorship of “Papa Doc” Duvalier, this highly symbolic tale of Haiti’s hopes and desires follows a woman who is haunted by a man in her nightmares.

Mamlambo

Director: Palesa Letlaka-Nkosi
Country: South Africa
Year: 1997
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English

A magical film about a street urchin who befriends a girl in need, forming an unlikely alliance.

Mambéty

Director: Papa Madièye Mbaye
Country: Senegal
Year: 2002
Running Time: 28 min.
Language: Wolof

Mambéty doesn’t differ significantly from the stock “behind-the-scenes” documentaries that adorn most DVDs nowadays, except that Mambéty’s films have scenes you actually want to be taken behind. Because of the kind of attention that gets paid to African cinema, there’s an initial intrigue to Mambéty, but that interest is sustained by Mambéty’s own lyrical insights into his aesthetics.

Mama Put

Director: Seke Somolu
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2006
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English

A single woman, who makes and sells street food, is struggling to bring up her family. Rent and school fees are too much, and her young son desperately needs kidney treatment. Just when it seems things can’t get any worse, a gang of armed youths break into the house. She makes delicious food, so the gang returns regularly; giving the family money and household items in return for the woman’s delectable cooking. The power of food to transform, rescue and wreak revenge is eloquently demonstrated in this Nigerian film.

Mama

Director: Véronique Patte Doumbé
Country: France
Year: 1997
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: French

A conversation between Miriam Makeba and her granddaughter Zenzi Lee, is the premise to this delightful short about life and the world around us.