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Subject: Colonialism

The ideals and acts of one culture dominating another were not just perpetrated by Columbus or the British.

A Costa dos Murmúrios (The Murmuring Coast)

  • Director: Margarida Cardoso
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: Portugal

Moving from Lisbon from Mozambique to marry her fiance, a Portuguese soldier, Evita realizes in the months after the wedding that her husband little resembles the man she fell in love with. Left alone when he is sent on an extended military mission, Evita refuses to remain secluded in the "safe" part of the city as commanded, but as she comes face to face with the ugly reality of a land fighting for its freedom from colonial oppression, can she find a way to help, or is she doomed as a woman to simply cower in acceptance of her husband and her nation's violence?

Adwa: An African Victory

  • Director: Haile Gerima
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Production Country: United States, Germany, Ethiopia

An Italian army, desperately low on morale and supplies, plans one last attack against an Ethiopian force despite being inferior in numbers, leadership, and armament. The decisive victory of Africans over Europeans became a near mythical event in African history and left Ethiopia as the only African country that was not overrun by colonial powers.

Africa Speaks!

  • Director: Walter Futter
  • Release Date: 1930
  • Production Country: United States

Africa is a land of many wonders, filled with people and animals unlike any that Europe and the United States have seen. Filmmaker Paul Hoefler spent a year travelling through central Africa, recording the people and their world in order to show the western world what he found so fascinating about the "Dark Continent."

Afrique, je te plumerai (Africa, I Will Fleece You)

  • Director: Jean-Marie Téno
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Production Country: Cameroon, France, Germany

Expressions of Cameroon's indigenous culture were not only repressed by colonial governments, but rooted out and systematically destroyed, at first by Europeans and then by the strongmen who came to power as the only tolerable alternative to the European interests that still control much of the country's economic interests.

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God)

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Release Date: 1972
  • Production Country: West Germany

A brief mission by a small group of conquistadors sent to explore up the Amazon becomes a nightmare when one of the men leads a mutiny, refusing to turn back because he believes that El Dorado lies ahead of them, up the river. Forced to continue their trip, the soldiers who supported the mutineer find themselves trapped with him as he descends into madness, but it's not clear if he is corrupted by his own dreams of power and avarice, or if the land itself taking revenge on the conquerors.

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