African and African Diasporic Film

These are films that I have watched and that deal, in some ways, problematically, with the African and African diasporic experience. Some of them are good for educational purposes. If they are not directed by an African or a someone of African descent they are about the African/African diasporic experience. Others (like Mario Van Peebles’ Watermelon Man) simply make you sit back and say, “My people, my people”.

As with all of the lists I’ll be adding to them over time!

  • Assistance Mortelle, Dir. Raoul Peck, 2013
  • Beasts of No Nation, Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2015
  • Bamboozled, Dir. Spike Lee, 2000
  • Call Me Kuchu, Dirs. Katherine Fairfax-Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012
  • Desounen: Dialogue with Death, Dir. Raoul Peck, 1994
  • Ganja and Hess, Dir. Bill Gunn, 1973
  • Haiti: Le Chemin de la Liberte, Dir. Arnold Antonin, 1974
  • Haitian Corner, Dir. Raoul Peck, 1987-88
  • How to Conquer America in One Night, Dir. Dany Laferriere, 2004
  • Le President a-t-il le SIDA?, Dir. Arnold Antonin, 2006
  • l’Homme sur le Quais, Dir. Raoul Peck, 1993
  • Murder in Pacot, Dir. Raul Peck, 2014
  • Moloch Tropical, Dir. Raoul Peck, 2010
  • Nothing But A Man, Dir. Michael Roemer, 1964
  • On the Verge of a Fever, Dir. John l’Ecuyer, 2004
  • Sometimes in April, Dir. Raoul Peck, 2005
  • Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Dir. Melvin Van Peebles, 1971
  • The Retrieval, Dir. Chris Eska, 2014
  • Watermelon Man, Dir. Mario Van Peebles, 1970
  • What Happened Miss Simone?, Dir. Liz Garbus, 2015 review
  • Zombi Candidat a la Presidence…ou Les Amour d’un Zombi, Dir. Arnold Antonin, 2009

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