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Wed, 22 Oct 97 08:28:00 PDT

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    From: David Wiley <>

    The African Studies Center Michigan State will hold a workshop on "African
    Film and Videotape in the Arts and Humanities Curriculum" on November 6-8,
    1997. A second workshop in March, 1998 will concern "African Film and
    Videotape for Language Instruction" (French, Port., African languages,

    As we assemble film descriptions and reviews for the workshop, we are
    wondering what cinema and video programs others in the teaching community
    are using for introducing Africa.

    More specifically, what cinema, films, and videos are most useful in
    courses to illustrate:

    1) African History and Folklore
    - pre-colonial (kingdoms, segmentary lineage societies, etc.)
    - colonial (British, French, Portuguese, German, and settler)
    - contemporary African history
    - Africa in global history

    2) African and Comparative Literature - in English, French, Portuguese,
    Arabic, other

    3) African Music - "traditional" and contemporary

    4) African Arts - all genres

    5) African Religion and Philosophy - "African religions," Christianity,
    Islam, Independency, etc.

    When you mention a film or cinema production, say what you find it most
    useful to illustrate as well as any weaknesses.

    We are planning to reference the following African cinema, but will share
    any other ideas from your comments with those at the workshop.

    _Camera d'Afrique_ _Sankofa_
    _In Darkest Hollywood_ _Asientos_
    _La Vie Est Belle_ _Camp de Thiaroye_
    _Warrior Marks_ _Wend Kuuni_
    _Women with Open Eyes_ _Yaaba_
    _These Hands_ _Yeelen_
    _Monday's Girls_ _Keita_
    _Selbe_ _Quatier Mozart_
    _Finzan_ _Aristotle's Plot_
    _Emitai_ _Last Angel of History_
    _Battle of Algiers_ _Handsworth Songs_
    _Sambizange_ _Touki Bouki_
    _Deluge_ _Allah Tontou_
    _Harvest: 3,000 Years_ _Lumumba_

    Conference Details

    The Center will welcome faculty, K-12 teachers, and graduate students to
    the workshop. It is designed to strengthen and improve undergraduate
    instruction by providing college & university faculty with methods and
    strategies for incorporating high quality film and video on Africa into
    courses in the arts and humanities. Anyone interested in attending the
    workshop should contact John Metzler <metzler@pilot.msu. edu> or Carmela
    Garritano <> at the Center, (517) 353-1700.

    We look forward to your suggestions, and we shall credit your

    Dave Wiley, John Metzler

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    David Wiley, Professor of Sociology and
    Director, African Studies Center,
    100 CIP, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1035
    Phone ( Area 517): 353-1700 - Fax: 432-1209 - Home: 332-0333

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