> xposted from H-AFRLITCINE@H-NET.MSU.EDU
> From: Donald Larrson, Mankato State University
> As an alumnus of GW's English Dept., I hope that
> your collection will
> begin to help make up for the loss of the Circle
> and Biograph Theaters,
> which were the source of my real minor in Film
> The Library of African Cinema is probably the
> single richest source of
> available films, but here are some other possible
> titles. I don't know
> about availability for purchase of most of them.
> I have seen an
> indication that at least some of Sembene's work is
> available on video from Fox Lorber.
> Mypheduh Films in D.C. has an African Film Series
> on video that
> includes ASHES AND EMBERS, BUSH MAMA, HARVEST:
> 3000 YEARS, CHILD OF RESISTANCE and HOUR GLASS,
> and SANOFKIA.
> Sarah Maldoror's SAMBIZANGA is of historical
> importance as well as artistic interest.
> Souleymane Cisse's BRIGHTNESS (YEELEN) is a must!
> I understand,
> however, that his earlier works like FINYE and
> BAARA have been
> withdrawn. I have also been unable to get hold of
> Med Hondo's SOLEIL-O.
> I have also been very impressed by the work of
> Gaston Kabore, in WEND
> KUUNI (a great film to analyze what might really
> be meant by "It takes
> a village to raise a child") and ZAN BOKO.
> Finally, the documentary CAMERA D'AFRIQUE is
> somewhat dated now but quite interesting in giving
> an overview of production and distribution
> problems in Africa, as well as giving glimpses of
> various filmmakers
> and clips from their films.
> There are a lot of others out there (including new
> releases from
> Library of African Cinema), but I am directly
> familiar with these.