Le Jeu / The Game

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Country: Mauritania
Year: 1989
Running Time: 23 min.
Language: Arabic and Hassania

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Ahmed’s father must return to the front somewhere in the desert. He has only a day with his wife and son. With haunting, innocent cruelty, the children play games and mirror their world, leading them to discover the harshness of destiny.

The Legend of the Sky Kingdom

Director: Roger Hawkins
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 2003
Running Time: 73 min.
Language: English

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Africa’s first animated feature-length film tells of three children who make a daring escape from the underground city in which they are slaves of the Evil Emperor in search of the fabled Sky Kingdom and the great Prince Ariel. They must journey through the Jungle of Despair and the Desert of Desolation, while trying to stay ahead of the evil emperor’s hyenas.

Le Franc

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Country: Senegal
Year: 1994
Running Time: 45 min.
Language: Wolof

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In Le Franc, Mambéty begins his tribute to the poor, whom he describes as “the only truly consistent, unaffected people in the world, for whom every morning brings the same essential question: how to preserve what is essential to themselves.” He uses the French government’s devastating 50% devaluation of the CFA in 1994 as the basis for a distinctive yet whimsical parable of the life of millions in Africa today. A somewhat alter ego of Mambéty is Marigo, a down-on-his-luck musician whose formidable landlady has confiscated his congoma (a kind of guitar) as payment for back rent. Played with slapstick gusto by Dieye Ma Dieye, Marigo is a kind of everyman, a West African equivalent of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp.

Africa Dreaming: The Last Picture

Director: Farai Sevenzo
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 1997
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English

A young photographer falls in love with the beautiful, young wife of an older man whose picture he has taken. When the man finds out about the photographer’s feelings for his wife, he asks the photographer to return to his house to take one last picture of them.

Laafi, Tout Va Bien

Director: S. Pierre Yameogo
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1991
Running Time: 94 min.
Language: French and Moré

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An unusual look at daily urban life in West Africa, Laafi tells a common story. A bright, ambitious young man from humble origins finds that connections and money count more than smarts or good intentions in the big city. Joe, intent on raising the standards of health care in Burkina Faso, wants to study medicine, but the bureaucrats in Ouagadougo are unimpressed by his exceptional high school science grades and sincerity. Refusing to give up, Joe learns that persistence is the only weapon against red tape. In an almost verité style, Yameogo sets Joe’s metropolitan odyssey against the leisure of life in his rural hometown. A refreshing look at a side of African life rarely found on the screen, Laafi was awarded top prize at the 1991 Festival of Pan-African Cinema in Ouagadougou.

Laada

Director: Drissa Touré
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1991
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Bambara

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Laada is a richly textured film about contemporary African youth torn between traditional village ways and the promise of an urban future.

La Haine

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Country: France
Year: 1995
Running Time: 95 min.
Language: French

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The kids from the Bluebell projects in Paris have spent all night fighting with the police after a 16-year-old boy is almost beaten to death following police questioning. Among them are three friends, an African, an Arab and a Jew, whose struggle against the boredom and marginality of their lives leads them into trouble.

L’Afrance

Director: Alain Gomis
Country: France / Senegal
Year: 2001
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French and Wolof

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This winner of the Silver Leopard for Best First Feature at the 2001 Locarno International Film Festival looks at the problems of migration and identity faced by most young Africans in Europe. Set in Paris, the film centers on El Hadj, a young Senegalese student whose legal residency has come to an end. He is torn between his wish to remain in Paris and his desire to return home and serve his country. Juxtaposing images of El Hadj’s sometimes troubled memory of Africa with the harsh realities of young Africans living a penurious existence in downtown Paris, director Alain Gomis shares with us El Hadj’s torment as he teeters on the brink of suicide. Making the most of his talented young cast, particularly Djolof Mbengue in the lead role, Alain Gomis has fashioned a film from the heart.

Kuxa Kanema: The Birth of Cinema

Director: Margarida Cardoso
Country: Mozambique / Portugal
Year: 2003
Running Time: 53 min.
Language: Crioulo and Portuguese

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Award-winning filmmaker Margarida Cardoso presents us with the collapsing national ideal of “one cinema for the people” and the dreams of people who believed that one day Mozambique would become a different country.

Kounandi

Director: Apolline Traoré
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 2003
Running Time: 49 min.
Language: Djoula

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Orphaned and rejected by her village for being a dwarf, Kounandi falls in love with Karim, a kind-hearted man who aids her. However, Karim is already married, which causes quite a problem within the village itself.

Kongo: Grand Illusions

Director: Daniel Cattier
Country: Belgium / Democratic Republic of the Congo
Year: 2010
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French

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Through the use of animation and never-before-seen colonial footage, this documentary introduces neglected figures of the past who strove to build the Congolese nation, and illuminates some of the premises for the movements which eventually lead to independence.

Kongi’s Harvest

Director: Ossie Davis
Country: Nigeria / USA
Year: 1970
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: English

President Kongi, the dictator of an African developing nation, is trying to modernize his nation after deposing King Oba Danlola. The different tribes are resisting unification, so he tries to reach his goal by any means necessary, including forcing government officials to wear traditional African outfits and seeking advice from the man he deposed. He demands tribute from Danlola in the form of a yam, an important food in the culture. Danlola’s former lover Segi brings the dictator the head of her father as sacrifice.

Konaté’s Gift

Director: Fanta Regina Nacro
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1997
Running Time: 27 min.
Language: Dioula

When Djénéba returns from the city where she has been visiting her cousin, she brings her husband, Konaté, a wonderful gift, a condom. Konaté is furious and refuses to change his habits. Djénéba, well aware of the effects of AIDS, refuses to give in.

Kinshasa Palace

Director: José “Zeka” Laplaine
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Year: 2007
Running Time: 73 min.
Language: French, Khmer, English, and Portuguese

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The Laplaine family is scattered throughout Europe and Africa, refugees from the wars in the Congo. Kaze and his younger brother Max live in Paris, but recently Max has gone missing and the family is beginning to worry. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this engrossing film speaks volumes about the legacy of an unstable Africa on the micro level.

Kini and Adams

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo
Country: Burkina Faso / France / Zimbabwe
Year: 1997
Running Time: 93 min.
Language: English

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Kini and Adams are two friends dream of a better life, far from their village, and decide to leave and make their dream come true. To leave, they attempt to repair an old car with second-hand spare parts, but their family and friends make fun of them. Little by little, their impetus dies down and so does their friendship. Finally, bitterness and jealousy put an end to the friendship between the two men and they become fierce enemies.

Killer Necklace

Director: Judy Kibinge
Country: Kenya
Year: 2009
Running Time: 40 min.
Language: English and Swahili

Boo is a handsome young banker with a bright future; Wai is a sultry young girl from a privileged background. Boo would do anything for Wai, but Wai has her eye on a different prize: the most beautiful golden necklace in the world. This twisted tale of desire and deceit asks, is anybody what they appear to be?

Kenya Gains Independence

Director: Archival Newsreel
Country: Kenya
Year: 1963
Running Time: 2 min.
Language: English

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The British flag is lowered for the last time and festivities ensue.

Kemi

Director: Amo Kubeyinje
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2002
Running Time: 27 min.
Language: English

Beautiful Kemi is sent as domestic help to live with a well-assimilated family relation in America. The head of the family has persuaded Kemi to come to America in the hope the she can influence his young son to learn from her as an African. But her vulnerable status is soon exploited and she is raped by the father. Her measure for justice is mistakenly foisted on the wrong person.

Keïta, The Voice of the Griot / Keita, l’Heritage du Griot

Dani Kouyate, Burkina Faso, 1995, 94 min

 

Director: Dani Kouyate
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1995
Running Time: 94 min
Language: French and Jula with English subtitles

Dani Kouyate mourns the passing of the authentic griot, the storyteller who was once the African custodian of cultural wisdom and information, counselor of kings, genealogist, historian, musician, artist – Belen Tigui (Keeper of the Word) of any community. In Keita, he tells the story of Djeliba Kouyate, an old griot who charged in the twilight of his life to recount to young Mabo Keita the origin of his name, a name that carries with it an epic saga of the founder of the Madingo Empire.

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Keeper of Memory / Gardiens De La Mémoire

Director: Eric Kabera
Countries: Rwanda
Year: 2004
Running Time: 54 min.
Language: Kinyarwanda

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As extraordinary journey of a people’s bravery to live and love again, this gripping documentary observes the 10th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, and allows the audience to understand the events of 1994 in a new light.