SOCCIS: Film Collections

African Studies Films & Videos

1. A Luta Continua
2. Adama: The Fulani Magician
3. African Changes: A Young Leader in a Young Nation
4. African City: Contrasting Cultures
5. African Craftsmen: The Ashanti
6. The Afrikaner Experience: Politics of Exclusion
7. Arts and Crafts in West Africa
8. Atumpan: The Talking Drums of Ghana
9. Awake from Mourning
10. Awakening -- Vukani Mukai
11. Benin Kingship Rituals
12. The Bible and the Gun
13. Biko: Breaking the Silence
14. The Blooms of Banjeli
15. Bono Medicines
16. Bound to Strike Back
17. Caravans of Gold
18. Children of Apartheid
19. Conceicao Tchaimbula: A Day, A Life
20. Corridors of Freedom
21. Crossroads/South Africa: The Struggle Continues
22. A Cry for Freedom
23. The Cry for Reason
24. Dance of the Bella
25. Destructive Engagement
26. Different but Equal
27. Diro and His Talking Musical Bow
28. A Discarded People
29. Duminea: A Festival for the Water Spirits
30. East Africa: Two Lifestyles
31. Freedom Charter
32. Generations of Resistance
33. Girls Apart
34. Harvest: 3,000 Years
35. Hausa Art in Northern Nigeria
36. Heritage of the Negro
37. The Jungle
38. Kenya: The Multi-racial Experiment
39. Kings and Cities
40. Kwagh-hir: The Traditional Theater of the Tiv People
41. Last Grave at Dimbaza
42. The Legacy
43. Leopold Sedar Senghor
44. The Marriage or Mariamo
45. Mastering a Continent
46. Man Mau
47. Moving on: The Hunger for Land in Zimbabwe
48. Namibia: Africa's Last Colony
49. Nawi
50. New Images: Cahnging Art in Changing African Society
51. The New Zimbabwe
52. O Povo Organizado
53. Old Africa and the New Ethiopoa and Botswana
54. Omowale: The Child Returns Home
55. Rise of Nationalism
56. Salima in Transition
57. Sharing is Unity
58. Six Days in Soweto
59. South Africa
60. South Africa: The Nuclear File
61. South Africa: The White Laager
62. Spear of the Nation
63. Studies in Nigerian Dance
64. Swampdwellers
65. The Magnificent African Cake
66. Tides of the Delta: The Saga of Ozidi
67. Twenty Years of African Cinema
68. Were-ni: He is a Madman
69. West Africa: Two Lifestyles
70. White Man's Country
71. Witness to Apartheid
72. The Women Will... Wanawake Watatunza
73. Yoruba Divination and Sacrifice
74. You have Struck a Rock!
75. You Hide Me

African Studies Videos - added 2000

1. Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers
The years 1960 through 1994 were a time of terror in South Africa. With the destruction of the yoke of apartheid in 1994, South Africa has had to come to terms with its oppressive past: recrimination and punishment, or forgiveness? This compelling program describes the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate human rights violations, to heal the country, and to help South Africa in its process of reinvention. Prize-winning journalist Bill Moyers and producer-director Gail Pellett speak with apartheid victims to hear their stories firsthand. Additional interviews with Nobel laureate and TRC Architect Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former officers of state security, counterterrorists, and journalists-combined with footage of some of the most dramatic confrontations that occurred during the TRC hearings-round out this powerful documentary. As the U.S. wrestles with its own heritage of discrimination and injustice, the TRC's process offers insights into how America might improve its own future through reconciliation and forgiveness. (2 hours, color)

2. Healers of Ghana
This Program explores the traditional medical practices of the Bono people of central Ghana and how their healers are cooperating with Western doctors, using herbs and spiritualism to improve health-care delivery in rural areas. Traditionally, Bono tribal priests undergo a painful spiritual possession, during which deities reveal to them the causes of illnesses, which plants to use to treat them, who is perpetrating witchcraft, and which villagers might be endangering society through improper behavior. The program features vibrant dance and possession ceremonies, set against the backdrop of the Bono villages, which are awash with color. (58 minutes, color)

3. Mandela: From Prison to President
This moving and intimate portrait of Nelson Mandela shows us the man within the context of the times and the problems they present. Through the testimony of his most intimate friends and family, a very personal picture emerges. The program also confronts head-on the momentous questions that must be answered: how to end the violence that is still part of daily life; what the future will be of the white business community; whether he can persuade the white right-wing to lay down its arms; and whether he can appease and control the radical youth of the townships. Mandela and South Africa have come a long way, but the journey is far from over. (52 minutes, color)

4. Sudan: On the Slave Trail
Many believe that the systematic enslavement of black Africans ended with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Yet in Sudan, a lucrative slave trade is flourishing as the war between the SPLA and the Islamic government continues. This eye-opening program exposes the predicament of Dinka children: captured in the south, sold to wealthy Arabic Sudanese in the north, and, for a lucky few, bought back by outside relief organizations-only to run the risk of being captured and sold again. Tacitly sanctioned by the government and abetted, in a sense, by the very organizations opposed to its practice, how will this predatory cycle be broken, once and for all? (24 minutes, color)

SOCCIS members may reserve titles by contacting:

Craig Adelman
Coordinators for the SOCCIS Film Collection
UCLA Instructional Media Collections and Services
46 Powell Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1517

(310) 825-0755 FAX (310) 206-5392