The Other Side of the Atlantic (Do Outro Lado do Atlântico)


Director: 
Márcio Câmara and Daniele Ellery
Countries: Brazil
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Creole and Portuguese with English subtitles

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The Other Side of the Atlantic builds a bridge in the ocean that separates Brazil and Africa. The film tackles cultural exchanges, beliefs, prejudice and dreams built on both sides of the Atlantic through the life stories of students of African descent living in Brazil.

Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil


Director:
Donna C. Roberts
Countries: Brazil/USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 52min.
Language: English and Portuguese with English subtitles

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A documentary film about the Candomblé spiritual tradition in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from slavery’s brutal past. Elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded in strong community, and Earth-based wisdom and practice.

AFRIPEDIA Series

Directors: Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe
Countries: Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden
Year: 2014
Running Time: 140 min.
Language: English, Portuguese, French and Wolof with English subtitles

Angola

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Angola welcomes us to the home of heavy electro music known as kuduro. Follow us across the pulsating city of Luanda, as we delve into the kuduro revolution and meet the people charting its course.

Ghana

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The whispers among those in the know are saying that Accra is the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia, Ghana suggests they’re not wrong.

Kenya

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Through the stories of its key talents, Afripedia, Kenya takes an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars.

Senegal

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In Afripedia, Senegal, we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organizing and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance. Beatmaker Fanny from the Ivory Coast is defying society’s boundaries to create a future for female artists and organizers.

South Africa

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Twenty years after liberation, Afripedia, South Africa portrays a diverse new generation in which fashion designers, animators, cultural entrepreneurs, music producers and guerilla filmmakers redefine what it means to be young, talented and passionate in South Africa today.

Cuba: An African Odyssey

Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Country: Egypt, South Africa, and France
Year: 2006-2007
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: French, English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

Cuba: An African Odyssey, Jihan El Tahir, France, 2006-2007, 118 min.

From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba: An African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for various African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. This film attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these Cuban internationalists who won every battle but ultimately lost the war.

The Summer of Gods

Director: Eliciana Nascimento
Country: Brazil
Year: 2014
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

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The Summer of Gods is a short film about a young girl named Lili who unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. During her stay, she encounters Orishas (African gods) who help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her. Lili’s Grandma upholds Orisha traditions as an admired local priestess, but to ensure these traditions carry on after she passes, the gifted Lili is led on a mystical adventure of initiation through a nearby forest.

Plot for Peace

Director: Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2013
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans and Spanish with English subtitles

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In the new documentary thriller, Plot For Peace, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front line states helped end apartheid. An improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” whose real name was Jean-Yves Ollivier. His trade secret was trust. For nearly 25 years, his story has been secret. Now, it is disclosed for the first time. Plot For Peace is the remarkable account of Ollivier’s masterful citizen diplomacy that contributed significantly to one of the great political shifts of the 20th century.

Housemaids (Doméstica)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Countries: Brazil
Year: 2013
Running Time: 76 min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

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Seven adolesecents take on the mission of filming, for one week, their family’s housemaids, and hand over the footage to the director to make a film. The images that confront us uncover the complex relationship that exists between housemaids and their employers, a relationship that confuses intimacy and power in the workplace and provides us with an insight into the echoes of a colonial past that linger in contemporary Brazil.

August Winds (Ventos de Agosto)

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Country: Brazil
Year: 2014
Running Time: 77min
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

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In a small seaside village, Shirley cares for her ailing grandmother while working  on a coconut farm and longing to become a tattoo artist. She passes her time with her boyfriend, Jeison, who works as a diver off the coast of their village. When one of Jeison’s dives turns up a human skull, the duo embarks on a quest to identify the remains while confronting their own ideas about desire, love, life, death, and destiny.

 

The Hero (O Herói)

Director: Zézé Gamboa
Country: Angola
Year: 2005
Running Time: 97 min
Language: Portuguese

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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 Third World, trying to absorb the millions of people displaced by civil strife and global economic change. After a thirteen year national liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonialists ended with independence in 1975, Angola plunged immediately into a brutal civil war. The national MPLA government, backed initially by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and the UNITA rebels, supported by the U.S. and the South African apartheid regime, remained locked in conflict until 2003, long after the end of the Cold War itself.

The central character of the film, the hero of the title, is Vitório. We meet him at a hospital where he has been waiting for months for a prosthetic leg to replace the one he lost after stepping on a landmine, ironically in the last months of Angola’s civil war. He was impressed into service at age fifteen while at a seminary and has been fighting for twenty years since. A doctor finally takes pity on him and gives him a new leg; Vitório is compared to someone beginning a new life. But the decorated war veteran encounters little sympathy and much prejudice for an unskilled soldier with a prosthetic limb as he scours Luanda looking for a job.

Winner, Grand Prize, World Dramatic Competition, 2005 Sundance Film Festival

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Bye Bye Brazil

Director: Carlos Diegues
Country: Brazil
Year: 1980
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: Portuguese

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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 disinterest. Filmed over 9,000 miles, Diegues’ film effortlessly conveys a sense of a living, breathing country as few films have before.

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Night Stop

Director: Licinio Azevedo
Country: Mozambique
Year: 2002
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: Portuguese

In central Mozambique lies the Corridor of Death, a long-distance trucking route, where more than 30% of the population are HIV+. Shot mostly at night, the film charts a series of interwoven stories about the lives of women who wait for the arrival of truck drivers at an overnight trucking station. Three groups of sex workers, the Calamities, the Students and the Founding Members, vie for business, disappearing into the drivers’ trucks, which are cheaper than renting rooms. In this world, even though condoms are distributed free by activists, you can earn more by having unprotected sex.

Cassa Cassa! Danced Encounters Between Africa and its Diaspora

 

Director: Elodie Lefebvre
Countries: Senegal
Year: 2012
Running Time: 51 min.
Language: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

In 2007, Germaine Acogny, a leading figure in contemporary African dance and the founder of the École des Sables in Senegal invited for the first time thirty-five choreographers and musicians of African origin for the project «Rencontres dansées de l’Afrique et de sa diaspora » (« DANCED ENCOUNTERS OF AFRICA AND ITS DIASPORA »). This remote place became the site for an exceptional exchange. Each artist brings his or her own personal universe. They unfold it under the others’ gaze, in a quest for the nature of the links that unite them with Africa. It is with a desire for communion and sharing that these unique trajectories meet at the École des Sables, where they reunite with their collective history.

Virgin Margarida

Also Known As: Virgem Margarida
Director: Licínio Azevedo
Countries: France / Mozambique / Portugal
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French / Portuguese

Veteran filmmaker Licínio Azevedo draws on the stories of real women who endured the Mozambican “re-education camps” in this dramatic and inspiring elegy to the insurgent spirit of women across nations, histories and cultures.

Xica da Silva

Director: Carlos Diegues
Countries: Brazil
Year: 1976
Running Time: 107 min.
Language: Portuguese

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The story of legendary slave, Xica da Silva, who parlays a unique sexual talent into a rise to power that elevates her into the unofficial Empress of Brazil.

The Widow’s Inheritance / A Herança da Viúva

Director: Sol de Carvalho
Countries: Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 54 min.
Language: Portuguese

The true story of a widow begins after her husband dies; her neighborhood says she is the murderer. This film is about how she survives.

The Water Knows the Way / A Água Conhece o Seu Caminho

 

Director: Chico Carneiro
Countries: Mozambique
Year: 2000
Running Time: 32 min.
Language: Portuguese

In the capital of Mozambique, a little hole on one of the main avenues becomes a crater more than two kilometers wide. With the rain and floods of February 2000, the crater gets even bigger, putting at risk the lives of hundreds of people. This documentary shows the drama of two families whose lives are affected by the erosion.

The Water War / A Guerra da Agua

Director: Licínio Azevedo
Countries: Mozambique
Year: 1995
Running Time: 73 min.
Language: Portuguese and Matsua

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In the heart of drought-prone Mozambique, 10,000 people are surviving on water from just four boreholes. Licínio Azevedo’s memorable film chronicles the tragicomic dramas involved in the daily scramble for water in a rural community, from hollowing out an ancient baobab tree for storage, to traveling for days to reach a water pump only to have an officious man stop the pump for the night.

The War of Angola / Angola – Nação Coragem

 

Director: Sergio Guerra
Countries: Brazil / Angola
Year: 1999
Running Time: 28 min.
Language: Portuguese

The country of Angola could be a nation of prosperity if it wasn’t for the civil war that has lasted almost 25 years. This tragedy is ignored by most news outlets around the world and has resulted in over 2 million deaths, more than one hundred thousand mutilations, and 1 million refugees.

Testamento / O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno

 

Director: Francisco Manso
Countries: Portugal / Cape Verde
Year: 1998
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: Portuguese

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O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno is an epic tale of one of the world’s least known but most culturally complex societies: Cape Verde. This classic account of the hollowness of provincial bourgeois life introduces English-speaking audiences to German Almeida, one of the outstanding writers in Portuguese today.  Featuring the beautiful morna music of Tito Paris and Cesaria Evora, this film vividly evokes the character, humor, and pace of life of Cape Verde.

Teen Stories I & II

Director: Various
Country: Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Portuguese

Teen Stories I & II is a series of six stories written and directed by Mozambican teenagers.