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.

  • 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 of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Filmed through the eyes of Nqate, a hunter and one of the Kalahari […]

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Craig and Damon Foster, South Africa, 2002, 72 min
  • Cosmic Africa
  • $30.00
  • Director: Craig and Damon Foster Country: South Africa Year: 2002 Running Time: 72 min Language: English, Bambara, and Ju’hoansi Traveling across the scope of the African continent – Namibia, Ghana, Northern Kenya, Dogon country in Mali, and the Egyptian Sahara – this film captures the remarkable personal journey of an African astronomer, Thebe Medupe. Cosmic Africa and Thebe Medupe explore Africa’s ancient […]

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The Prodigal Son (DVD cover), 2008, 64 min.
  • The Prodigal Son
  • $20.00
  • Director: Kurt Orderson Country: South Africa Year: 2008 Running Time: 64 min Language: English and Caribbean Patois with English subtitles The Prodigal Son retraces the lost history of the Orderson family. The filmmaker’s great grandfather, Joseph Orderson was of the generation of newly emancipated slaves, who with fellow West Indians left Barbados to settle all over the world, including Cape […]

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Africa Dreaming (DVD cover), 1997, 104min.
  • Africa Dreaming
  • $26.95
  • Africa Dreaming is a landmark in African television – a series drawing together for the first time broadcasters, television producers, film directors and writers from across the continent. It was designed to give Africans a rare opportunity to speak directly to each other in their own words and images. It is also the first continent-wide […]

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  • Forgiveness
  • $26.95
  • Director: Ian Gabriel Country: South Africa Year: 2005 Running Time: 118 min. Language: English and Afrikaans with English subtitles Tertius Coetzee, an ex-cop granted amnesty for his crimes by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, seeks out the family of one of his apartheid-era victims to ask them for forgiveness. His decision to visit the family results in heated emotions, unexpected […]

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Mapantsula (DVD cover), 1988, 100 min.
  • Mapantsula (Hustler)
  • $26.95
  • 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 […]

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Dani Kouyate, Burkina Faso, 1995, 94 min
  • Keita: The Heritage of the Griot
  • $26.95
  • 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, […]

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Joseph Gai Ramaka, Senegal, 2001, 82 min
  • Karmen Geï
  • $26.95
  • Director: Joseph Gai Ramaka Country: Senegal Year: 2001 Running Time: 82 min Language: French and Wolof with English subtitles Prosper Merimée’s novella, adapted in Bizet’s celebrated opera, has already received 52 film interpretations, yet Karmen Geï is the first African Carmen and, arguably, the first African filmed “musical.” Accordingly, Gaï Ramaka has completely replaced Bizet’s score and the usual staging […]

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  • The Hero (O Herói)
  • $26.95
  • Director: Zézé Gamboa Country: Angola Year: 2005 Running Time: 97 min Language: Portuguese with English subtitles The Hero (O Herói) is the story of Angola, a nation torn apart by forty years of uninterrupted war, and now trying imperfectly but courageously to piece itself back together. It is also the story of a city, Luanda, like so many in the […]

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Imunga Ivanga, Gabon, 2001, 80 min
  • Dollar / Dôlé
  • $26.95
  • Director: Imunga Ivanga Country: Gabon Year: 2001 Running Time: 80 min. Language: French The tribulations of five youths start this film. Libreville is home to Mougler and his friends, Baby Lee, Joker, Jackson and Bezingo. The boys are left to fend for themselves and decide to rob a dôlé stand, a new game of chance in which you can become […]

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Afro@Digital (DVD cover), 2003, 52 min.
  • Afro@Digital
  • $26.95
  • Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo and France Year: 2001 Running Time: 52 min. Language: English, French, Jula and Yoruba In this manifesto of the African digital mind, the director traveled with a small crew across Africa, from Dakar to Robben Island, to see how internet, mobile phone, and digital video technologies are […]

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Euzhan Palcy, Martinique, 1983, 103 min.
  • Sugar Cane Alley
  • $19.95
  • Director: Euzhan Palcy Country: Martinique Year: 1983 Running Time: 103 min. Language: French with English subtitles 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 […]

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Quilombo (DVD cover) 1984, 114 min.
  • Quilombo
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  • Director: Carlos Diegues Country: Brazil Year: 1984 Running Time: 114 min. Language: Portuguese with English subtitles A sequel, of sorts, to Ganga Zumba. After the revolt of 1641, groups of runaway black slaves escaped to mountainous strongholds where they formed self-governing, utopian communities known as quilombos. This stirring fusion of folklore, political impact and dynamic […]

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Life and Debt (DVD cover), 2001, 86 min.
  • Life and Debt
  • $29.95
  • Director: Stephanie Black Country: USA Year: 2001 Running Time: 86 min. Language: English This highly acclaimed film about the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund features interviews with both world leaders and sweatshop workers in order to highlight the consequences of globalization. […]

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Killer of Sheep (DVD cover), 1977, 83 min.
  • Killer of Sheep
  • $39.95
  • Director: Charles Burnett Country: USA Year: 1977 Running Time: 83 min. Language: English Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of […]

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Bert Stern, USA, 1960, 85 min
  • Jazz on a Summer’s Day
  • $29.95
  • Director: Bert Stern and Aram Avakian Country: USA Year: 1959 Running Time: 85 min. Language: English The first major film statement on jazz and the granddaddy of festival films. Noted photographer Bert Stern filmed a virtual Who’s Who of jazz and blues at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival: including Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Mahalia Jackson. […]

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Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964, Soviet Union, 141 min
  • I am Cuba (ultimate edition)
  • $44.95
  • Director: Mikhail Kalatozov Country: Soviet Union Year: 1964 Running Time: 141 min. Language: Spanish and Russian with English Subtitles Started only a week after the Cuban missile crisis and designed to be Cuba’s answer to both Sergei Eisenstein’s propaganda masterpiece, Potemkin, and Jean-Luc Godard’s freewheeling romance, Breathless, I Am Cuba turned out to be something quite unique. The plot, or […]

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Carlos Diegues, Brazil, 1980, 110 min.
  • Bye Bye Brazil
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  • Director: Carlos Diegues Country: Brazil Year: 1980 Running Time: 110 min. Language: Portuguese with English subtitles A hypnotically languorous road movie with an upbeat political kick. The story follows a small time traveling sideshow – Magician, Strong Man, Exotic Dancer – as they ply the dusty back roads of Brazil in the face of increasing […]

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Abderrhamane Sissako, Mali/France, 2006, 115 min.
  • Bamako
  • $29.95
  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako Country: Mali Year: 2006 Running Time: 115 min. Language: French with English subtitles and Bambara Set in the courtyard of a mud walled house in Bamako, the capitol city of Mali, the intimate personal story of an African couple on the verge of breaking up is told alongside very public political proceedings. […]

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Roger Gnoan M'Bala, Ivory Coast/Switzerland, 2000, 85min.
  • Adanggaman
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  • Director: Roger Gnoan M’Bala Country: Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso Year: 2000 Running Time: 90 min. Language: Bambara and Baule with English subtitles In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen […]

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