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  • The Little Black School House

    60 min - Canada Sylvia Hamilton

    The Little Black School House unearths the hidden story of Canada's racially segregated Black schools. It is a poignant and unfailingly honest evocation of the struggle of the children, women and men to achieve dignity and equality in education--a right fundamental to democracy.

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  • The Lost Wave: An African Surf Story

    58 min - Sao Tome and Principe, USA Paul Taublieb

    Legendary surf explorer and filmmaker Sam George travels to the remote African island nation of Sao Tome, its history steeped in slavery and colonialism, to see if he can prove surfing is an African sport and revive his passion for the sport that has defined his life.

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  • Just Add Water

    30 min - Sudan, USA Jeffrey Mead

    Salva Dut, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, founded Water for Sudan, a non-profit organization, to supply fresh water to people in southern Sudan--one village at a time, drilling boreholes and installing pumps. Through these simple acts, lives are transformed. This is his story.

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  • A Very Short Story of Nollywood

    14 min - Nigeria, USA Awam Amkpa, Manthia Diawara

    A behind-the-scenes analysis of the Nigerian film industry--Nollywood.

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  • Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican? A Cape Verdean American Story

    83 min - USA Claire Andrade-Watkins

    This is the untold tragedy and scandal of what happened to a vibrant community of immigrants from the Cape Verde Islands in the Fox Point section of Providence, Rhode Island, forcibly displaced by urban renewal to make way for the fancy coffee shops, antique stores, and elegantly restored houses.

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  • But Some Are Brave

    5 min - Canada Grace Channer

    But Some Are Brave is a five-minute oil painted animated film infused with evocative vocals and a lyrical soundscape. A poetic chronicle, it weaves the cultural and political histories of communities under attack into a visually spectacular testament to the power of struggle and resistance.

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  • What Hope for the African Youth?

    71 min - Cameroon Franck Gilles Brice, Hameni Bieleu

    This documentary explores the reasons behind the exodus phenomenon of the African youth. It tries to find out why this continent so rich in resources drives its youth away.

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  • The Black Candle

    70 min - USA M.K. Asante, Jr.

    Narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle is a landmark film that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience.

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  • Beautiful Me(s): Finding Our Revolutionary Selves in Black Cuba

    45 min - USA Robin Hayes

    A group of underdog students journey from the Ivy League to the rebel state of Cuba and rediscover hope for the struggle against racism.

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  • The Neo African Americans

    56 min - USA Kobina Aidoo

    The term African America was coined to describe American's of African descent. However, when most Americans think AFrican American, they think of those whose ancestors came as slaves and went through Jim Crow; hence, The African American narrative generally paints a picture of struggle. Today, with the growing number of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean, these Neo African Americans occupy a special and growing space in America by virtue of being black and immigrant. This documentary addresses issues like who is an African American? Should we just go back to black?

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  • Jamaica for Sale

    92 min - Jamaica Esther Figueroa, Diana McCaulay

    The Caribbean is the region's most economically dependent on tourism. As Jamaica is irreversibly transformed by the travel and service industry, the documentary "Jamaica for Sale" documents this transformation and also counters the dominant view that tourism is the savior of the Jamaican people.

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  • Prince among Slaves

    60 min - USA

    This is a docu-drama of real life events surrounding an inspiring African prince, captured in Africa, and enslaved for 40 years in the United States in the nineteenth century before finally regaining his freedom.

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  • Diamonds in the Rough

    71 min - Uganda, USA Brett Mazurek

    From the ashes of 4 decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, Africa, The Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation in this musical journey.

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  • Escape from Luanda

    72 min - United Kingdom, Angola Phil Grabsky

    The Music School is Angola's first and only school of its kind. It houses some 80 students, rnost of them desperately poor. Many face disapproval and outright rejection frorn their families who can't see a future in music. This film asks if, despite the ravages of 27 years of civil war, rnusical passion can overcome terrible hardships.

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  • Flowers of Rwanda

    24 min - Rwanda, Spain David Munoz

    Rwanda. 14 years after the genocide that took away the lives of more than 800,000 people. What's the current situation of the country? What feelings prevail in the hearts of the victims? Can victims and killers live together?

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  • Massacre at Murambi

    5 min - France, USA, Rwanda Sam Kauffmann

    During the Genocide in Rwanda in 1994, a newly built secondary school on a hill named Murambi was the site of one of the world's most horrifying mass murders. This film informs us about the events at Murambi and uses our reaction to those events as a way to question our response to the genocide elsewhere.

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  • Clean Mic: Laughing Until It Hurts

    70 min - USA Will Gorham

    "Clean Mic" is an entertaining, thought-provoking journey into the realities facing ethnic comedians performing in American comedy clubs. This funny, behind-the-scenes portrait reveals the complexities of performing for a 24 hour, entertainment hungry society which often encourages stereotypes in standup comedy. The film follows amateur and professional minority comedians as they attempt to perform Clean Comedy in an unclean world.

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  • Nappy Heads

    3 min - Canada Sabrina Moella

    A tribute to the glorious afro! Shot on Super 8 in the streets of Toronto, "Nappy Heads" portrays dozens of women, men and children who all accepted to "shake their nappy heads" in front of the camera.

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  • SOMAY KU: A Uganda Tennis Story

    99 min - USA, Uganda Rex Miller

    Patrick Olobo, Uganda's top-ranked tennis player, struggles to leave behind a devastating civil war, finding a new set of obstacles after emigrating to the United States.

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  • The Other Side of the Water

    60 min - USA, Haiti Jeremy Robins

    "The Other Side of the Water" follows a 20-year journey of the Haitian-American Community, told through the lens of a voodoo-based walking band in Brooklyn. The story of this unlikely group offers a unique insight into the contemporary urban immigration, and a glimpse into the heart of the HaitianAmerican experience.

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  • A Voodoo Memory

    61 min - Haiti, Switzerland Irene Lichtenstein

    The film draws a portrait of Marianne Lehmann, a Swiss woman settled in Haiti, who has built the biggest voodoo objects collection in the world. A voodoo memory reveals the beauty and signification of these pieces, highlights the link between voodoo and the emancipation of the Haitian people, and draws a unique portrait of this 70-year old woman still imbued with a youthfull spirit.

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  • Quilombos, do Campo Grande aos Martins

    49 min - Brazil Flavio Frederico

    Brazilian historians estimate that in Minas Gerais State alone there existed more than 100 "Quilombos" (settlements of runaway African slaves brought to Brazil) during the colonial times. The film depicts the daily life of Dona Luzia in the district of Quilombo, located in the Mantiqueira Mountain Range, and recovers part of the Brazilian slave history, which was largely written out of the country's official history.

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  • All the World's a Stage

    60 min - India Nirmal Chander

    The Sidis came to India from East Africa 800 years ago. Centuries of discrimination have pushed them down the socio-economic ladder but their unique devotional music has given them a strong sense of identity.

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  • Foli

    10 min - Guinea Floris Leeuwenberg

    Foli is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke People in West Africa. It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming and dancing. It's found in every part of daily life. In this film you not only see rhythm but you feel it.

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  • The Griots Story

    55 min - Poland, Burkina Faso Adam Rozanski

    A personal film based on the narrative of Adama Drame, an African drummer descending from a family of Drame Griots, a caste of old African tradition upholders.

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  • Nora

    35 min - USA, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe Alia Kovgan, David Hinton

    Shot in Southern Africa, "Nora" is based on childhood memories of the dancer Nora Chipaumire who was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life in a swiftly moving poem of sound and image. The original score was composed by a Zimbabwean legend - Thomas Mapfumo.

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  • Kick the Lion - Witchcraft and Football in Africa

    90 min - Germany, Tanzania Oliver G. Becker

    What can you do to strengthen your own body and mind before playing a soccer match? What can you do to weaken your opponent? "Kick the Lion" explores the secret but fascinating world of Traditional African Medicine & Religion! You may call it 'juju', 'muti', 'witchcraft' or 'magic'.

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  • FGM: No way Home

    10 min - Ireland Julian Ulrichs

    Having lost her first-born daughter to the after effects of female circumcision, an African woman seeks asylum in Ireland, in a last-ditch attempt to protect her other two young daughters from being forced to undergo the same procedure. This is her story.

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  • Death of Two Sons

    0 min - USA, Guinea Micah Schaffer

    This documentary explores the circumstances surrounding the murder of Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo in New York City, at the hands of the NYPD. Jesse Thyne, an exuberant American Peace Corps volunteer who lived and worked with Amadou's family in his home village in Guinea, died there less than a year after Amadou's shooting. "Death of Two Sons" examines the political, personal and spiritual implications of these two tragic deaths.

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  • The Art of Stick Fighting

    28 min - Trinidad, Tobago Joseph Valley

    The film highlights the significance, purpose and meaning of this traditional art form of stick fighting. The documentary contains interviews from some of the famous stickfighters in Trinidad and Tobago, researchers in the area of traditional carnival culture and individuals who have been around the culture of stickfighting for many years.

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  • Wild Ocean

    40 min - USA, United Kingdom, South Africa Steve McNicholas, Luke Cresswell

    Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa, "Wild Ocean" is a timely and uplifting film that celebrates the life in our oceans, the animals that now depend on us to survive, and the efforts by the local people to protect this invaluable ecological resource on which their very culture depends. Hope is alive on the Wild Coast, where Africa meets the sea.

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  • The Color of my Life

    46 min - Germany, South Africa Tuleka Prah

    The legacy of apartheid continues to shape and influence current South African society. South Africans are faced with the challenge of recognizing this racial conditioning in all aspects of their daily lives. Five young South Africans talk about living in the new social, economic and political climate. Their interpretation of 'The New South Africa' raises fresh questions about how far the country has come.

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  • Deaf and Whispering

    7 min - USA, Ghana Sam-McPhee

    In Ghana, Raymond Mensah learned sign language in his dreams and then comforts his deaf sister when the electricity goes out in her home. Now that Raymond has picked up bits of the sign language, his sister can tell him, in specific detail, about what it feels like being deaf when the lights suddenly go off.

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  • Elephant King

    38 min - South Africa, USA Thenjiwe Nkosi

    A former South African exile and his daughter visit their ancestral homeland for the first time. Through the stories of the people who remained, they learn of a history of dispossession, religious conversion and colonialism. A fellow clan member guides them through the landscape of this history, while the father reflects on its impact on himself and his society.

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  • Tesfaye's Story

    5 min - Ethiopia, USA Brent Gudgel

    Like many countries, Ethiopia suffers from some of the most environmental damage the world has ever seen. Over deforestation has left tracts of land in ruin driving away animals, sapping the ground of nutrients, and even drastically altering precipitation patterns. This short documentary follows Tesfaye, a middle-aged native Ethiopian who has witnessed over the past 30 years the consequences of such environmental abuse, and his search for a hope of restoration.

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  • The Gospel Truth?

    59 min - United Kingdom Chris Walker, Peter Wolsey

    Could the origins of Gospel Music be white? Willie Ruff, Professor of Music at Yale University, believes so. His recent visits to the Free Church communities of the Outer Hebrides have convinced him his musical roots are more Afro Gaelic than Afro American.

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  • God is American

    52 min - France, Vanuatu Richard Martin-Jordan

    God is American, and he was born in the USA! The people of Tanna, an island in the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean, have invented a new religion. They pray to the American flag and adore John Frum, an American prophet whose return they await.

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  • Journey through Emancipation 2007

    29 min - US Virgin Islands Cathy SitaRam

    Every summer, US Virgin Islanders commemorate 1848 ... the climactic end to the brutality of slavery that took place in the Danish West Indies on the island of St. Croix. "Journey through Emancipation 2007" takes you through celebration events and dramatic accounts of bravery and survival in the face of crimes against humanity.

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  • Dancing Deities

    23 min - Trinidad and Tobago Emilie Upczak

    Dancing Deities" is an ethnographic short that attempts to depict the practices of the Claxton Bay Orisha community in Trinidad.

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  • Come Back to Sudan

    28 min - USA, Sudan Daniel Junge

    Documentary following three "Lost Boys" of Sudan and their adoptive American mother as they journey home to their war-torn country.

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  • Byrd: The Life and Tragic Death of James Byrd, Jr.

    72 min - USA Eligah Jason

    This is a compelling, more personal account of the life of James Byrd, Jr. Unlike other previously released TV and film adaptations, the award-winning documentary, "Byrd", is the next chapter, focusing more deeply on James Byrd, Jr. - visionary, friend, and family man.

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  • Through the Negev

    18 min - USA, Israel, Sudan Ya-Hsuan Huang

    The genocide and violence in Sudan has created a diaspora of refugees as far north as Israel. Narrated by the few women and children who have made the journey by walking from Egypt to Israel. Caught in complicated geographic, religious and political webs, the simplicity of their message becomes even more powerful: all they want is a place to call home.

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  • A Fortunate Soldier...

    52 min - Australia, Namibia, South Africa Nicky Crowther

    "A Fortunate Soldier ... " the personal journey of a soldier's life before, during and after the apartheid era in Southern Africa ... revealing the complexities of his conservative Afrikaner culture, and the precarious future of the new culture he has embraced.

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  • Knock on Wood

    13 min - USA, Ghana Ron Grunhut

    "Knock on Wood" is the story of percussionist Valerie Naranjo's groundbreaking trip to Ghana where her mastery of an obscure West African xylophone led to an unexpected change in the tribe's relationship to its women.

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  • Gods for Sale

    52 min - Belgium, Mali David Gladsteen

    In 2000 Lassana Cisse, head of the local Cultural Mission of The Dogan Country in Mali, received a letter informing him of the theft of a sacred item of high significance. He learns that the statue was sold to a visiting trader, and, almost miraculously, manages to find out his name. During the handing-back ceremony, and to everyone's surprise, the village folk refuse to take back what had been their sacred cult object.

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  • Roosevelt

    11 min - USA Ron Stanford

    This rowhouse artist has lived in the city his entire adulthood, but his art is rooted in a one room school in the South Carolina flatlands. Roosevelt expresses himself with discarded demolition materials that he finds on Philadelphia sidewalks. He has his own theory of art. This film was an exploration of an exceptional self-taught artist. The project is an attempt to let Roosevelt tell his own story, in his own style.

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  • Rock Music Rock Art

    42 min - United Kingdom, Uganda Zuleika Kingdon

    "Rock Music, Rock Art" is a cultural exchange adventure that sets out to discover musical sounds of our earliest ancestors and fuse two very different music styles. A group of contemporary western classical musicians, a composer from Edinburgh, and several traditional Ugandan musicians journeyed in perilous canoes to a remote island in Lake Victoria to make music using the most elaborate prehistoric 'rock gongs' on the African continent. They discover a new gong with notes that suggest this beautiful granite landscape could have been the original birthplace of both African and European musical scales.

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  • Birth of the Sun

    27 min - USA Thomas Campbell

    "Birth of the Sun" is a short documentary about Grady Alexis, who typified the best in the New York City East Village art scene of the late 1980's. He moved between different artists and social groups began to find the success he was looking for, then died in a sudden eruption of violence with an off duty policeman.

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  • Salt Harvesters of Ghana

    19 min - USA, Ghana Marcia Rock

    Stunning images of women working on a moon-like landscape, framed by an original and traditional soundtrack reveal the unrelenting cycle of work as well as the dignity and determination of the women of Ghana who harvest salt with their bare hands in the dry season and farm in the rainy season.

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  • Wrestling with the Angeles: An Exploration of Caribeanness

    92 min - Trinidad and Tobago Marsha Pearce

    This documentary explores Caribbean identity through the images and sounds of a ubiquitous feature of contemporary popular culture: the music video. Focusing on the English-speaking Caribbean, this work wrestles with issues of self, as music video directors, producers and artists share their views on the complexities of portraying Caribbean people and life using the moving images and sounds of the music video format.

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  • Salah, an African Toubab?

    68 min - Mali, Netherlands Margriet Jansen

    Every African wants to go to Europe is the common public opinion in Europe. But there are those who stayed in their native country and who realize that happiness is not an easy commodity in a foreign land. Salah Salahina Sounfountera, living in Mali, is such a man. Having made his decision to stay, and ambitious enough to build his own company in Africa, his daily reality is a hard one. As a tourist guide he has become a 'modern man', with western ideas who wants to take the best of both worlds, not realizing that he will fall into the gap between two cultures. His ideas conflict with the expectations of both his family and his wife. He is seen as a toubab, an outsider, a white man. In this intimate portrait of a young man struggling with his identity, we get to see a different picture of contemporary West Africa.

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  • Lullaby

    50 min - Israel, South Africa Natalie Haziza

    "Lullaby" is about my two mothers. One of them is Rebecca, who worked for 10 years as nursemaid and household help in my house while her four children stayed at home with their grandmother. The second is Elaine, my biological mother, who left home in order to support our family, but who could only do so only because Rebecca could care for her children. I am accompanying on their journeys in South Africa to discover the meaning of motherhood.

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  • Darfur: Between the Lines

    51 min - Sudan, United Kingdom Jeremy Jeffs

    With Darfur's peace agreement long forgotten and the sound of gunfire ringing in the air, this eye-opening, exclusive film follows UNAMID Force Commander Martin Luther Agwai as he helicopters into hostile areas to coax the disparate rebel groups into talking peace. He has one mission: to gain the confidence of the people and bring security to the region. Capturing on film the desperation of those living and fending for themselves in the sprawling refugee camps, it also shows how aid, like war, changes everything.

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  • That's Life

    60 min - Malawi, Mozambique, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa Sander Veeneman

    The challenging search of photographer/director, Sander Veeneman, for three young adults living in poverty in Mozambique, South Africa and Peru. Veeneman portrayed these children five to ten years ago when they were trying to survive in poverty. With a camera on his shoulder and in some cases not much more information than just a name and age of the child, Veeneman tries to relocate the children. How did their life develop since he first met them? By concentrating on the power and inner strength of his subjects Veeneman succeeds in creating an intense and powerful story.

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  • The Three Kings of Belize

    78 min - Canada, Belize Katia Paradis

    In a small Central American country with a population of 270,000, three veteran musicians share moments of their daily lives with us. Paul Nabor, 79 year old fisherman and legendary Garifuna composer has played the same guitar for 53 years. Even though he has forgotten most of his songs, his spirit remains strong. Florencio Mess, a Maya harp player, spends his solitude making traditional violins, guitars and harps as he awaits for his next trip outside his small village. Creole accordionist, Wilfred Peters, is proud to have played for the Queen of England, his ineffable charm and humor is his ideal antidote for old age.

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