DVDs and Books for purchase

African Film Festival Inc. is now offering you the opportunity to acquire critically acclaimed and historically significant cinematic works from Africa and African Diaspora. Our collection features some of the most dynamic directors of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Book and DVD media highlight the multi-layered identities and experiences that make up a global narrative for people of African origin and reveal universal paths in their address of the human experience.

  • 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 story told by a narrator. For Guimba, the prince of a once prosperous trading city, […]

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  • 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 opportunity to hear the story told by eloquent, at times contradictory, voices from within Sudan. […]

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  • 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 meet and fall in love during the National Youth Service. Their eventual marriage, against folk […]

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  • 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 his two wives. Ganerisi is a dignified village lady, and Kine, a modern, western-educated woman. […]

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  • 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 the beautiful Maxoye.  Mbanik, the son of a marabout, dares to challenge the spirits on […]

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  • 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 and exasperating capital of four million. Its back alleys and nightclubs pulsate to the beat […]

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  • When the Stars Meet the Sea / Quand les Etoiles Rencontrent la Mer
  • $24.95
  •   Director: Raymond Rajaonarivelo Countries: Madagascar Year: 1996 Running Time: 85 min. Language: Malagasy and French Destiny is the key to belief systems of the Merina people, but Kapila, the crippled hero, embarks on a journey which ultimately leads him to embrace a future guided by love and imagination. […]

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  • 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 colony in North Africa, much disputed by its neighbors. But the filmmakers stumbled on something […]

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  • 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 independent Guinea-Bissau in 1974 and 1975. The film begins in the bush with a convoy on the supply road from […]

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  • 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 of Western materialism. Linguère Ramatou is a beautiful, young woman from a sleepy village who falls in love with a […]

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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 “technical advisers” in Dakar. Seduced by the apparent kindness of her employer, Diouana enthusiastically accepts […]

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  • 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 miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts […]

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  • 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 Manuscripts of Timbuktu critiques the limited view about Timbuktu by firmly demonstrating that Timbuktu was […]

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  • 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 Malagasy peoples’ struggle for pride and independence. Although internationally acclaimed, the members of the group […]

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  • 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 has three members. Les Ins take their names from French pop stars and have a […]

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  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival
  • $20.00
  • To commemorate twenty years of the New York African Film Festival, over thirty of the continent’s most vibrant cinematic voices reflect upon the reasons that led them to dedicate their lives to filmmaking and the new challenges and opportunities for African cinema in the future. The filmmakers’ words reveal their own unique experiences and help us discover […]

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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 in a society that discriminates against the condition. In My Genes asks us to consider […]

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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 a shanty town, relentlessly harassed by his formidable landlady. He survives only through dreams of playing his […]

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  • 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 late 20th century. Mani Kongo, the venerable king of the Bakongo, sets out alone on a quest for his […]

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