Feature Films & Folktales
|Video Title||Call Number|
|*** African Story Magic
w/ narrator Brock Peters. 27:00. 1992
Elementary and Up
A 7-year-old boy steps from the streets of Los Angeles into the Africa of his ancestors. Storytellers share six stories of wisdom and courage.
|IA FS 121|
Rabbit Ears, Approx. 30 min., color
Age 5 & Up
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington narrates two hilarious stories from Jamaica where Anasi outsmarts the prideful snake. Reggae hit makers UB 40 provide the decidedly Jamaican score. An introductory animated segment shows the link between this Jamaican Anansi and his African origin.
|IA FS 132|
|Guimba the Tyrant
Producer/Director: Cheick Oumar Sissoko. 1995. 94:00
|IA FS 146|
Director: Djibril Diop Mambety. 1992. 113:00
A scorned lover returns to her village as the richest woman in the world and offers the villagers a trillion dollars to execute the man who betrayed her. An adaptation of the Swiss parable, “The Visit of the Old Woman,” this drama is a biting satire of today’s Africa—betraying the hopes of independence for the false promises of Western materialism.
|IA FS 147|
Director: Dani Kouyate. Burkina Faso. 1994. 94:00
This film introduces the viewer to one of the most important works of African oral literature, The Sundjata Epic. The film frames its dramatization of this legend within the story of a contemporary young African’s initiation into the history of his family. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him “the meaning of his name,” boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition.
|IA FS 150|
Producer: Max Motoechio. 1988. 90:00
In English, Zulu and Sotho, with subtitles
The first anti-apartheid feature film told from the perspective of black South Africans. Banned by the apartheid government. The story of “Panic” (a petty criminal), his life in a black township, and his transformation into a man who takes a stand against apartheid.
|IA FS 64|
|Once Upon a Time
This video captures the storytelling and healing traditions of Kenyans as they pass on their wisdom through the church in a fast-changing world.
|IA FS 125|
|** Quartier Mozart
Producer/Director: Jean-Pierre Bekolo. Cameroon. 1992. 80:00
A new sex farce, where women’s wisdom and “witchcraft” help them regain the balance of power in a sexist world. The star of the film is a young schoolgirl named Queen of the ‘Hood. The local “witch,” Maman Thekla, helps her take over the body of a young boy named My Guy so she can discover the sexual politics of her neighborhood. A completely different kind of African film, the sensibility crosses MTV and Hollywood with African folklore.
|IA FS 127|
|Stories from the Black Tradition
Children’s Circle. 1992. 52:00 total, in short segments
|IA FS 124|
|“A Story—A Story”
Anansi the Spider Man climbs up to the sky to buy stories from the Sky God.
|“Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”
Mufaro’s daughters are tested unknowingly to reveal which one is worthy enough to marry the King.
|“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”
A tall tale sets off a chain of mishaps through the jungle grapevine from Mosquito to Iguana to Rabbit to Owl in this traditional story.
|“The Village of Round and Square Houses”
A young girl from the Cameroonian village of Tos movingly tells how the men came to live in square houses and the women in round ones.
Peter and his friend Archie call upon faithful dog Willie to help outsmart a gang of tough bullies who are after Peter’s motorcycle goggles.
|** Three Tales from Senegal
Directors: Djibril Diop Mambety and Mansour Sora Wade. 1994. 82:00 (45:00; 20:00; 17:00)
|IA FS 145|
|** Wend Kuuni (God’s Gift)
Producer/Director: Gaston Kaboré. Burkina Faso. 1982. 70:00
|IA FS 130|
|** Yeelen (Brightness)
Producer/Director Souleymane Cissé. Mali. 1987. 105:00
|IA FS 129|
|** Zan Boko (Homeland)
Producer/Director Gaston Kaboré. Burkina Faso. 1988. 94:00
|IA FS 126|