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Life Is Beautiful

  A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have Read More

The Legend of 1900

  On New Year’s Day 1900, Danny (Bill Nunn), a crew member on an ocean liner, finds a deserted infant and decides to adopt him, nicknaming him “1900.” As an Read More

Quartier Mozart

  A young girl crosses paths with a witch who has the power to satisfy her curiosity about men by changing her into one.  Re-imagining several folk tales into a Read More


  Mossane is a beautiful 14-year-old girl who has just reached marriageable age in a village in Senegal. She has many suitors, including a simple-minded farmer’s son who plans to Read More

Karmen Gei

  Vivacious dissident Karmen Geï (Djeinaba Diop Gai), stuck in a Senegalese prison, performs a dance so erotic and mesmerizing that she seduces the warden, Angelique (Stephanie Biddle), and is Read More


  After being kicked out of her African village three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Linguere (Ami Diakhate) has returned home. While Linguere has done well for Read More


  This adaptation of an ancient oral legend from Mali is one the most acclaimed and widely seen African films ever made. An Oedipal story infused with magic, YEELEN is Read More

Keita! Voice of the Griot

  Keïta is a retelling of the first third of Sundjata Keita’s 13th-century epic, Sundjata. It tells of Mabo Keïta (Dicko), a thirteen-year-old boy who lives in a middle-class family Read More

God’s Gift

  In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he Read More

The Wagoner

  Borom Sarret or The Wagoner is a 1963 film by Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, the first film over which he had full control. It is often considered the first Read More