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.

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.

Tchuma Tchato

Director: Licinio Azevedo
Country: Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: Portuguese

On the southern shores of the Zambesi River — an isolated part of Mozambique, bounded by Zimbabwe and Zambia —the land is a rich source of raw materials. The inhabitants of this region, however, are very poor. ‘Tchuma tchato‘ means ‘our riches‘ and is the name of a project in which the government stimulates the population to jointly exploit and protect the land. It is not an easy task to convince the people of the benefits of this method, which implies, for one, that they can no longer hunt the wild animals in the area. The traditional hunt is an important source of income, and when a hippopotamus gorges all your crops it is hard not to kill him. And the leading spirits, the Lion, the Monkey, the Snake and the Leopard also have to give their permission before the project can succeed.

On the southern shores of the Zambesi River — an isolated part of Mozambique, bounded by Zimbabwe and Zambia —the land is a rich source of raw materials. The inhabitants of this region, however, are very poor. ‘Tchuma tchato‘ means ‘our riches‘ and is the name of a project in which the government stimulates the population to jointly exploit and protect the land. It is not an easy task to convince the people of the benefits of this method, which implies, for one, that they can no longer hunt the wild animals in the area. The traditional hunt is an important source of income, and when a hippopotamus gorges all your crops it is hard not to kill him. And the leading spirits, the Lion, the Monkey, the Snake and the Leopard also have to give their permission before the project can succeed. – See more at: http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=fdbfeb07-d6e5-4f60-a093-f3a5ca9b15f2#sthash.Yoq03MY1.dpuf

 

The Sun Still Shines

Director: Mariano Bartolomeu
Countries: Angola
Year: 1995
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: Portuguese

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The Sun Still Shines is a documentary that presents a slice of the life of people who question their future when their only recourse is food aid. It tells of war and the United Nations intervention in Angola. The film is the Angolan episode of the serial “Under the Nations,” produced by La Sept Arte Television to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Street Wheels

Director: Sol de Carvalho and Chico Carneiro
Countries: Mozambique
Year: 1997
Running Time: 5 min.
Language: Portuguese

In the streets of Mozambique, buses and cars compete with alternative transportation-the extraordinary inventions made by children from recycled garbage. A dynamic montage and percussive soundtrack set the raucous pace in this tribute to the ingenuity and creativity of children.

Stories with Licínio Azevedo

Director: Pola Ribeiro
Countries: Brazil
Year: 2010
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: Portuguese

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This film covers an interview with Licínio Azevedo, a Brazilian filmmaker who lives in Mozambique. The stories he shares with the audience are about the culture and history of his people, and how he works to make his movies.