The Great Dance

The Great Dance (DVD cover), 2000, 75 min.

Director: Craig and Damon Foster
Country: South Africa
Year: 2000
Running Time: 75 min
Language: English

The Great Dance is a fascinating documentary that examines the unique relationship between Kalahari Desert Bushmen, or the San people, and the harsh landscape of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Filmed through the eyes of Nqate, a hunter and one of the Kalahari Desert bushmen, The Great Dance follows the life of Nqate as a hunter and tracker. It’s a raw and poignant story of Nqate’s survival, as told in his own words.

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The Colonial Misunderstanding

Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, 2004, 78 min.

Director: Jean-Marie Teno
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2004
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English, French and German

The Colonial Misunderstanding, Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, 2004, 78 min.
Germany’s genocidal war against the Herrero people in Namibia was a precursor to the policies of the Nazi regime. The film shows a bold exploration of Germany’s “African past.” Specifically, its attempts to colonize parts of Africa through religion and trade. It offers a provocative picture of the relatively short, but horrific colonial history of Germany in Africa.

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Sugar Cane Alley

Euzhan Palcy, Martinique, 1983, 103 min.

Director: Euzhan Palcy
Country: Martinique
Year: 1983
Running Time: 103 min.
Language: French

Set in Martinique in 1931, Sugar Cane Alley paints a rich impasto of native life under French colonial rule, filtered through the coming-of-age of a bright, sweetly opportunistic boy learning to reconcile the value of his shanty-town roots with the education opportunities that beckon him to the big city.

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Moolaadé (DVD cover), 2004, 124 min.

Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Senegal / Burkina Faso
Year: 2004
Running Time: 124 min.
Language: Jula and French with English subtitles

Moolaadé, Ousmane Sembène, Senegal, 2004, 124 min.
Moolaadé is a rousing film directed against the still-common African practice of female circumcision. Set in a small village, four girls facing ritual “purification” flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the young fugitives. Tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collé against village traditionalists (both males & females), endangering the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne.

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Marion Manigo

Marion Manigo is a certified Life Coach specializing in coaching single parents. Her coaching practice extends throughout the N.E. and S.E. United States. Marion has a BA in Sociology from Queens College of the City University of New York and was a MA/Ph.D. candidate at the The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her academic research explored how outsourcing of white-collar jobs in the age of globalization impacted women entering the U.S. workforce. She presented her research to the American Sociological Society, UC Berkeley. She was profiled in US News & World Report, Good Housekeeping, and Readers’ Digest 75th Anniversary Issue for her career management skills, her divorce survival story has been written in It Takes Money, Honey by Georgette Mosbacher. Marion is the author of the forthcoming book, You – The Chooser: Single Parenting from your Highest Self.

Tunde Giwa

Tunde Giwa is a born and raised Nigerian. Currently he works for the Julliard School in New York City as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He is a consistent blogger on his blog, The Joyful Curmudgeon, and has been posting his opinions on African film since 2004. One of his essays, Black Like Us, was published Chimurenga Library, which is “an online archiving project that profiles independent pan African paper periodicals from around the world. It focuses on cultural and literary magazines, both living and extinct, which have been influential platforms for dissent and which have broadened the scope for print publishing on art, new writing and ideas in and about Africa.” Another of his essays, Felasophy Through the Years: Fond Recollections of Fela Kuti (2005), was published in the Chimurenga magazine.  

Lindiwe Dovey

Lindiwe Dovey is senior lecturer in African film and performance arts at SOAS, University of London, and the co-founding director of Film Africa, London’s African film festival, and founding director of the Cambridge African film festival. She is the author of the prize-winning African Film and Literature: Adapting Violence to the Screen (2009), and is currently the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize which is allowing her to complete a book about film festivals and African film, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.

Elisabeth Lequeret

Each week for 47 minutes, Elisabeth Lequeret and Sebastian Jedor offer reviews, reports, analyzes, and findings on the news of cinema in the world. All the World Cinema explores, every Saturday, news cinema in all its kinds, on all continents, and invites filmmakers from around the world to share their passion for the 7th art. Elizabeth Lequeret is also a published author of the book Le Cinema africain: Un continent a la recherche de son propre regard (2003).

Charlotte Garson

The film critic Charlotte Garson works for Cahiers du Cinema. She is also the programmer for the Festival des 3 Continents, created in 1999, in Nantes since 2009. The website includes movie reviews written by a team of editors movie-goers. She also regularly contributes to several programs Culture of France, including the issue of cultural news La Dispute with Arnaud Laporte. She wrote essays and instructional books on cinema, including Jean Renoir (The World Publishing/ Cahiers du cinema, 2008), Lovers (French Film/ Actes Sud Junoir, 2007), and The Hollywood Cinema (Cahiers du Cinema, 2007).

Rachel Gabara

Rachel Gabara teaches French and Francophone African and Caribbean literature and film. She is the author of From Split to Screened Selves: French and Francophone Autobiography in the Third Person (Stanford, 2006) and recent articles on African film in Global Art Cinema: New Theories And Histories (Oxford, 2010), and Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (Wayne State, 2007). She is currently working on a book-length study of post-independence African documentary film in relation to the history of French colonial cinema in West and Central Africa, tentatively entitled Reclaiming Realism: From Documentary Film in Africa to African Documentary Film.

Patricia Blanchet

Patricia Blanchet was born in Haiti during the 1960s, and became known as an artist due to her involvement in dance, film, photography, and painting. She was married to Ed Bradley, a well-known 60 minutes journalist who passed away in 2006.

Mejeke K. Maurice Jones

Mejeke K. Maurice Jones, or K. Maurice Jones, is a published author. He has published three books, Say it Loud/Story of Rap Music (1994), Say it Loud, Trd (1994), and Spike Lee and the African American Filmmakers: A Choice of Colors (1996).

KV Crew

In order to provide top quality Network programming, KVTV 13 CBS Laredo has committed itself to providing Laredo and the surrounding area with the most effective and strongest means of broadcast power available in the market. Using a 1000-foot tower as a Very-High-Frequency (VHF) Power Network, KVTV 13 CBS Laredo provides one of the strongest television signals for the Laredo Area Market. KVTV’s signal reaches and covers Webb, La Salle, Jim Hogg, and Zapata Counties. Reaching the cities of Laredo, Zapata, Cotulla, Freer, Hebbronville, and Carrizo Springs. In addition, as a VHF power Network, KVTV 13 CBS Laredo has an optimal 60 mile radius signal that also covers the Mexico market of Nuevo Laredo and it’s surrounding areas.

Steve Smith

Born on Oct. 30, 1956, in Connecticut, Smith studied African law and anthropology at the University of Paris, and history, philosophy, and political science at the Free University of Berlin. After working as a freelance journalist for a few years, Smith joined the staff of Liberation in 1986, replacing Pierre Haski as the paper’s Africa Editor. In 2000 he became the Africa Editor for Le Monde, becoming deputy director there two years later. In 2005 he left the paper to return to work as a freelance journalist.  Smith is the author of numerous French language books and academic publications related to the anthropology and history of Africa, including books on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Coted’lvoire, and Somalia. He has also written a number of biographies on notable African people, including General Mohamed Oufkir (1998), Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa (2000), and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (2007).

Saya Woolfalk

Saya Woolfalk is an Asian- and African-American performance artist based in New York. She also travelled to Japan for the study of performance and craft traditions under an Art Matters Grant in 2007.  Also in 2007, Woolfalk received an NYFA Fellowship in performance art and became an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The same year, Woolfalk first exhibited No Place at the Zg Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. No Place has become probably her best-known piece.  Performed again at the University of Buffalo Art Gallery in 2009, No Place represents a kind of slippage between the language that codifies daily life and the inability to entirely capture the subject. Her most recent performance, entitled The Ritual of the Empathics, is a piece in which women try to conjure No Place into the present through a series of rituals.  Woolfalk intends ultimately to show three temporalities: the present, the future, and the future of the future.

Alla Verlotsky

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Verlotsky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Study from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where she specialized in cinema of Central Asia and Africa.  After moving to the United States, Verlotsky  was  a programmer for NY DocFest, New York Jewish Film Festival and NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. In 1999 she established Seagull Films, a New York based programming/distribution outlet focused on art, independent, and innovative cinema from around the world.  In 2012, Verlotsky stepped in to create and artistically direct the inaugural addition of the Colors of the Nile, an international film festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently Verlotksy is expanding her work in Africa, she opened Seagull Films’ office in Dakar, Senegal, and is committed to bringing more African film titles to North America. She  was an associate producer for Russian Ark, the award-winning film by internationally acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov, and is currently producing a feature documentary Red Fantasies by the Academy Award Winning Special Effects Artist, Robert Skotak.

Samuel Shearer

Samuel Shearer is a PhD student in the department of Anthropology at CUNY – Graduate Center, and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at City College of New York. He has lived in South Africa and Rwanda. His current research is focused on urban planning in East Africa. He and several other anthropology students have written papers about African cinema and its impact on African culture.

Mark Drury

Mark Drury is a doctoral student at CUNY-Graduate Center in anthropology. His research includes sub-Saharan migrants in North Africa, the anthropology of human rights, and development. He and several other anthropology students have written papers about African cinema and its impact on African culture.

Beatriz Leal Riesco

Beatriz Leal Riesco is a historian of Art at the University of Salamanca, where she has worked as a researcher and adjunct professor.  While preparing to read her thesis on “The Concept of Authorship in the History of Cinema,” she is currently a freelance researcher in the United States.  She has published numerous articles on cinema theory and history in such journals as Secuencias, Revista de Historia de Cine, Film-Historia,African Screens, and Art-es as well as editing books and organizing seminars and courses on peripheric cinemas.  A member of SOCINE, ASA, and CILEC, she has been awarded a fellowship from the Università Normale di Pisa as well as a best in class from the University of Salamanca for her thesis on Italian filmmaker Mario Martone.  At present, her research focuses on the role of music in contemporary African cinema and on the sociopolitical implications of art reception.

Muriel Placet-Kouassi

Muriel Place-Kouassi is a French professor at Drew University. She is a also a published author, having written a French textbook, Berlitz Language: Essential French in 2009.