DVDs for purchase

Classic and Contemporary Films from Africa and the Diaspora—AFF is pleased to present our selections of short- and feature-length films. We hope that they not only become cherished additions to your media library but faithful reminders of AFF work to bring home greater appreciation of the landscape of human experiences. Enjoy!

  • Guimba
  • $24.95
  • Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko
    Country: Mali
    Year: 1993
    Running Time: 120 min
    Language: Bambara

    This film tells the story of a small West African village ruled by a tyrant and his son. The movie starts and ends as a folk … read more»

  • All About Darfur
  • $24.95
  • Director: Taghreed Elsanhouri
    Country: Sudan and UK
    Year: 2005
    Running Time: 80 min.
    Language: Arabic

    Up until now, the perilous situation in Sudan has been seen only from the perspectives of those outside the country. All About Darfur offers an … read more»

  • Thunderbolt
  • $24.95
  • Also Known As: Thunderbolt: Magun
    Director: Tunde Kelani
    Countries: Nigeria
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 105 min.
    Language: English, Igbo and Yoruba

    Thunderbolt is woven around Ngozi, a young elegant Igbo lady and Yinka a young man of Yoruba origin who … read more»

  • Tableau Ferraille / Scrap Heap
  • $24.95
  • Director: Moussa Sene Absa
    Countries: Senegal
    Year: 1997
    Running Time: 93 min.
    Language: French and Wolof

    Scrap Heap was filmed in the director’s hometown of Tableau Ferraille. Daam, an idealistic young politician, must choose between the social paradigms exemplified by … read more»

  • The Price Of Forgiveness / Ndeysaan
  • $24.95
  • Director: Mansour Sora Wade
    Country: Senegal / France
    Year: 2001
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Language: Wolof

    For many months, a strange mist has enshrouded a small Senegalese fishing village.  In this setting, two childhood friends compete for the love of … read more»

  • Monday’s Girls
  • $24.95
  • Director: Ngozi Onwurah
    Country: Nigeria / UK
    Year: 1993
    Running Time: 50 min.
    Language: English

    Two young Wakirke women offer opposing attitudes toward the Iria, the ritual by which Nigerian women are recognized as being suitable for marriage.

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  • Life is Rosy / La Vie Est Belle
  • $24.95
  • Director: Benoît Lamy and Ngangura Mweze
    Country: Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) / Belgium / France
    Year: 1987
    Running Time: 85 min.
    Language: French

    La Vie Est Belle takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasha, Zaire’s exhilarating … read more»

  • Stolen
  • $24.95
  • Director: Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw
    Country: Australia and US
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 78 min
    Language: Spanish, Hassaniya, and English

    Ayala and Fallshaw thought they were making a feel-good documentary about family reunions in Western Sahara, a former Spanish … read more»

  • Mortu Nega (Those Whom Death Refused)
  • $24.95
  • Director: Flora Gomes
    Country: Guinea Bissau
    Year: 1988
    Running Time: 93 min
    Language: Criolo with English subtitles

    Mortu Nega covers the period from January 1973 during the closing months of the war against the Portuguese until the consolidation of an … read more»

  • Hyenas
  • $24.95
  • Director: Djibril Diop Mambety
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1992
    Running Time: 113 min
    Language: Wolof with English subtitles

    Mambety adapts a timeless parable of human greed into a biting satire of today’s Africa–betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises … read more»

Ousmane Sembene, France/Senegal, 1969, 65 min.
  • Black Girl / La Noire de …
  • $29.95
  • Director: Ousmane Sembène
    Country: Senegal
    Year: 1965
    Running Time: 60 min.
    Language: French

    In the first years of independence in Senegal, Diouana, a beautiful and ambitious young woman, secures a job as a babysitter with a French couple working as … read more»

  • Language You Cry In
  • $24.95
  • Director: Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano
    Countries: Sierra Leone and Spain
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: English and Mende

    The Language You Cry In tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of … read more»

  • Manuscripts of Timbuktu
  • $24.95
  • Director: Zola Maseko
    Countries: South Africa, Mali and Morocco
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 52 min.
    Language: French and Arabic

    Featuring knowledgeable commentary by African scholars, rich reenactments and an original musical score by Vieux Farka Toure, the essential documentary The … read more»

  • Mahaleo
  • $24.95
  • Director: Cesar Paes and Raymond Rajaonarivelo
    Countries: France and Madagascar
    Year: 2004
    Running Time: 102 min.
    Language: French and Malagasy

    Mahaleo was born out of Madagascar’s 1972 rebellion against its neo-colonial regime. For 30 years, their music has embodied the … read more»

  • Ca Twiste a Poponguine
  • $24.95
  • Director: Moussa Sene Absa
    Countries: Senegal
    Year: 1993
    Running Time: 90 min.
    Language: French

    Ca Twiste a Poponguine is set in the mid ’60s and follows the exploits of two gangs of teenagers who adopt Western ways. Each gang only … read more»

In My Genes, Lupita Nyong'o, Kenya, 2009, 78 min.
  • In My Genes (out of stock)
  • $20.00
  • Director: Lupita Nyong’o
    Country: Kenya
    Year: 2009
    Running Time: 78 min.
    Language: English and Swahili

    What is it like to be white in a black society? Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the difficulties of being born with no pigment … read more»

Tales of Ordinary People (DVD cover), 1999, 90 min
  • Tales of Ordinary People
  • $24.95
  • A collection on one DVD of two classic shorts of Senegal, Le Franc and La petite vendeuse de Soleil (The Little Girl who Sold the Sun).

    The hero of Le Franc is Marigo, a penniless musician living in … read more»

  • Pieces d’identites (Pieces of Identity)
  • $24.95
  • Director: Mweze Ngangura
    Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Belgium
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 94 min
    Language: French with English subtitles

    Ngangura’s deceptively picaresque adventure reveals some troubling issues encountered by people in the ever-widening African diaspora of the … read more»

  • The Great Dance
  • $40.00
  • 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 … read more»