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Allah Tantou
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directed by David Achkar, 1960-1998 (California Newsreel, 1991), 1 hour
Allah Tantou is the first African film to confront the immense personal and political costs of the widespread human rights abuses on the continent. It follows filmmaker David Achkar's search for his father, his father's search for himself inside a Guinean prison and Africa's search for a new beginning amid the dis...
directed by David Achkar, 1960-1998 (California Newsreel, 1991), 1 hour
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Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
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directed by Mimi Pickering, fl. 1975-2012 and Anne Lewis, fl. 1986-2012 (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2012), 1 hour 17 mins
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot provides a moving, in-depth biography of an organizer and journalist who for a remarkable 60 years participated in the most significant movements for racial and economic justice in this country’s most conservative region - the South. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. praised her stea...
directed by Mimi Pickering, fl. 1975-2012 and Anne Lewis, fl. 1986-2012 (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2012), 1 hour 17 mins
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A Barber's Wisdom
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directed by Amaka Igwe, 1954-2014; produced by Tajuddeen Adepetu, fl. 2001, M-Net (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2000), 28 mins
A Barber's Wisdom is a short farce showing what Nigerian filmmakers can do when not restricted by commercial concerns; the cinematographer is the director of our other new Nigerian release, Thunderbolt. In contrast to Surrender, the father here is ridiculed not for being too traditional but for not being tradition...
directed by Amaka Igwe, 1954-2014; produced by Tajuddeen Adepetu, fl. 2001, M-Net (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2000), 28 mins
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Berkeley in the Sixties
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directed by Mark Kitchell; produced by Mark Kitchell (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1990), 1 hour 58 mins
Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, Berkeley in the Sixties recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. Many consider it to be the best filmic treatment of the 1960s yet made. This Academy Award-nominat...
directed by Mark Kitchell; produced by Mark Kitchell (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1990), 1 hour 58 mins
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Big Mama
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directed by Tracy Seretean; composed by Bobby McFerrin, 1950-; produced by Tracy Seretean (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2000), 40 mins
Winner of an Academy Award in the Documentary Short category, Big Mama depicts a devoted grandmother's struggle to raise her orphaned grandson under the watchful eye of a complex and difficult social welfare system. Big Mama follows 18 months in the lives of Viola Dees, an African American grandmother, and Walter...
directed by Tracy Seretean; composed by Bobby McFerrin, 1950-; produced by Tracy Seretean (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2000), 40 mins
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Black Is...Black Ain't
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directed by Marlon Riggs, 1957-1994; produced by Marlon Riggs, 1957-1994 (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1995), 1 hour 27 mins

The final film by filmmaker Marlon Riggs, Black Is...Black Ain't, jumps into the middle of explosive debates over Black identity. Black Is...Black Ain't is a film every African American should see, ponder and discuss.

White Americans have always stereotyped African Americans. But the rigid definitions of "Blacknes...

directed by Marlon Riggs, 1957-1994; produced by Marlon Riggs, 1957-1994 (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1995), 1 hour 27 mins
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The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords
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directed by Stanley Nelson, 1955-; produced by Stanley Nelson, 1955- (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1998), 1 hour 26 mins
Archival footage and interviews trace the history of African American newspapers and journalism from the Antebellum period to the Civil Rights Movement.
directed by Stanley Nelson, 1955-; produced by Stanley Nelson, 1955- (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 1998), 1 hour 26 mins
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Brother Outsider: The Life Of Bayard Rustin
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directed by Nancy Kates, fl. 1995 and Bennett Singer; produced by Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates, fl. 1995, Question Why Films (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2002), 1 hour 25 mins
On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? He was there at most of the important events of the Civil Rights Movement - but always in the background. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin asks "Why?" I...
directed by Nancy Kates, fl. 1995 and Bennett Singer; produced by Bennett Singer and Nancy Kates, fl. 1995, Question Why Films (San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2002), 1 hour 25 mins
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Daresalam
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directed by Issa Serge Coelo, 1967-; produced by Pierre Javaux, fl. 1995, Parenthese Films, DCN (Production Company), Centre National de la Cinématographie, Pierre Javaux Production and La Sept Arte (California Newsreel, 2000), 1 hour 40 mins
"Our heads are not just for holding gourds. Nor our arms just for holding weapons. We cannot waste energy wiping away our own blood." A. Balou Daresalam is the first African feature film to focus on the civil wars convulsing the continent from Sierra Leone to Somalia. It provides compelling insights into how ordi...
directed by Issa Serge Coelo, 1967-; produced by Pierre Javaux, fl. 1995, Parenthese Films, DCN (Production Company), Centre National de la Cinématographie, Pierre Javaux Production and La Sept Arte (California Newsreel, 2000), 1 hour 40 mins
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Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts
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directed by Anne-Laure Folly, 1954-; produced by Amanou Production (California Newsreel, 1994), 51 mins

"A respectable women should learn from her husband,She shouldn't read,She shouldn't have her eyes open." A poem by a Burkinabe woman

A film about African women is a rarity, even more, one made by an African woman. In Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts, award-winning Togolese filmmaker, Anne-Laure Folly presents portraits of...
directed by Anne-Laure Folly, 1954-; produced by Amanou Production (California Newsreel, 1994), 51 mins
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