Titles tagged 'African studies':
When Elephants Fight
This eye-opening documentary spotlights the story that multinationals and global tech corporations don't want to tell the story of their complicity in the illicit trade in Congolese conflict minerals. Narrated by Robin Wright.
Hero With a Thousand Faces
The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was one of the most deadly health epidemics in recent history. Sierra Leone was hit the hardest by the virus. However, the story of Ebola isn't just one of mass death; it's a story of the first responders rushing in to face insurmountable odds, of brothers in arms refusing to quit when all seemed lost.
William and the Windmill
With only a library book as his guide, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a windmill in his Malawian village that changes his life forever. Using junk parts and an inexhaustible imagination, he harnesses enough energy to power a generator that saves his family from famine and resuscitates his dying farming community.
From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband.
Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, traveled to Ethiopia as ambassadors for World Vision Australia. While in the Yirgacheffe region, Hugh met a 27 year-old coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Spending time on Dukale's farm, Hugh learned first-hand about the value of fair trade coffee. He came to understand that something as simple as a cup of coffee had the potential to reduce global poverty through the choices consumers make around the world.
The true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya.
We Must Go
We Must Go is a feature documentary chronicling the journey of the Egyptian National Soccer team and coach Bob Bradley as they fight to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brownstones To Red Dirt
Kids from Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy projects and orphans from Sierra Leone's brutal civil war have one thing in common: no one gives them a chance. Brownstones to Red Dirt, a feature-length documentary tells the story of how these “lost” groups find one another through a pen pal program that not only shapes their lives, but also shows them that even if they can't count on the world, they can count on each other.
When Giants Fall
The ivory trade is a cruel business. Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory. 65 percent of the continent's elephants have been killed for their ivory in the last five years. Crime syndicates involved in gun, drug and human trafficking reap huge profits from the ivory trade. So do dangerous terrorist groups including Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab. These terrorists threaten the safety and stability of Africa and the national security of the United States.
Who would expect to find Jews in Ghana? Not Gabrielle Zilkha, for sure. But when she volunteered to work in Africa and found herself a lone Canadian Jew awash a sea of Christians as the Jewish New Year approached, that's exactly what happened.
Lost and Found
Fate and faith conspire to create a beautiful and surprising partnership between orphans targeted by the murderous militia of Joseph Kony and hardcore inmate-artists in an Oregon penitentiary. They are connected by two retired, small town America teachers who help the orphans and inmates find something they both had lost: hope.
Little White Lie
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.
Music by Prudence
In Zimbabwe, where disabled babies are often killed at birth, Prudence not only survives but achieves social acceptance. In this Oscar winning film, follow the story of how Prudence and a band of people with disabilities triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds.