Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018.
Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.
This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library catalog (www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/).
Keèita! l'hâeritage du griot = The heritage of the griot. 1996, 1 video file (94 min). Based on an important work of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djâeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keèita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keèita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. BURKINA FASO. Streaming video.
Moolaadé. 2004, 2 videodiscs (124 min.). Set in a small village, four young girls face ritual "purification" decide to flee to the household of Collâe Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Collâe invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadâe (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collâe against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. SENEGAL / BURKINA FASO / MOROCCO / TUNISIA / CAMEROON / FRANCE. DVD 3862.
Sango Malo = The village teacher. 1990, 1 videodisc, 1 streaming video (94 min.). A young teacher, Sango Malo, comes to a rural village with ideas of promoting rural development through practical education. He clashes with the established headmaster, who insists on a traditional French-style education. Malo alienates many of his supporters through his impatience and is arrested by the army on the behalf of the village chief, storeowner and priest. But he has taught well and the the villagers carry on his ideas without him. CAMEROON / BURKINA FASO. DVD 6862. Streaming video. http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://www.american.edu/customcf/catalog_video.cfm?callNum=7838988
Tasuma, the fighter. 2004, 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 90 min.). A comedy set in contemporary Burkina Faso, Tasuma tells the story of a World War II veteran who has been trying for more than 50 years to obtain his well-deserved military pension. Convinced that he will be paid shortly, Sogo buys a mill on credit for the village. But the money does not arrive. BURKINA FASO. Streaming video.
Wend Kuuni = God's Gift. 1982. 1 videodisc (70 min.). A mute foundling is raised in an African village by a weaver and his family. The mute regains his powers of speech only after a shock, then reveals his origins and reasons for dumbness. BURKINA FASO. DVD 6866 and Streaming video.
Zan Boko. 1988. 1 videodisc (94 min.). Zan boko means "the place where the placenta is buried" and symbolizes the continuity between past and present in African village societies. Tells the story of one village swallowed up by one of Africa's large cities and the change from agrarian society to a mass media culture. BURKINA FASO. DVD 5126 and Streaming video.