California Newsreel

California Newsreel

California Newsreel is the oldest non-profit social issue distribution and production center in the U.S. whose films address issues such as race in America, African American life and history and health inequities. In 1989, it began releasing African cinema, including both narrative and documentary works by the continent’s leading filmmakers.

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  • Ainsi Meurent Les Anges (And So Angels Die)

    Directed by Moussa Sene Absa • Drama • 2001 • 56 minutes

    Moussa Sene Absa's latest work pushes the formal boundaries of African cinema to explore the complex interplay of history and psychology in contemporary Africa. Intensely personal and at the same time deeply political, Ainsi meurent les an...

  • Ezra

    Directed by Newton Aduaka • Drama • 2007 • 110 minutes

    Ezra stands out among other African films because it is a complex psychological study of a child soldier, not just about the trauma, healing and reintegration into society, but also as a key for reconstructing these societies themselves. Thi...

  • Karmen Gei

    Directed by Joseph Gai Ramaka • Drama • 2001 • 82 minutes

    Director Joseph Gaï Ramaka writes: "Carmen is a myth but what does Carmen represent today? Where do Carmen's love and freedom stand at the onset of the 21st Century? Therein lies my film's intent, a black Carmen, plunged in the magical an...

  • This is Nollywood

    Directed by Franco Sacchi • Documentary • 2007 • 56 minutes

    First came Hollywood, then Bollywood and now Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry, which released 2000 feature features in 2006 alone. Where else can you shoot a full-length dramatic film for $10,000 in 7 days? Until recently litt...

  • Thunderbolt

    Directed by Tunde Kelani • Drama • 2000 • 110 minutes

    Thunderbolt will come as a bolt out of the blue to most Americans, even aficionados of African cinema. It is one of the best examples of the little-known but burgeoning video industry of Nigeria. Most titles are heavily influenced by soap ope...