Niger Film List

Title: RIVER NIGER, BLACK MOTHER  (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and other local language with English voice-over.
Run Time: 44 Min.
Description: Traces the understanding route of the River Niger throughout West Africa; from its source in the Republic of Guinea to Nigeria, and discuss how this majestic waterway, as an essential communications and transport link, has molded the history and culture of the region. Features a dramatic presentation of the epic legend of Sundiata and the founding of the Empire of MJali, as well as indigenous music and song.
Genre: Documentary

Title: GRIOTTES OF THE SAHEL (1991)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 12 Min.
Description: Narration of the importance of griottes to the social aspects of oral tradition in Niger. These are women whose role is to perform on occasions such as weddings, naming ceremonies and installations of chiefs when they recount genealogies and sing praises of individuals.
Genre: Documentary

Title: RIVERS OF SAND (1991)
Format: VHS
Language: In English, French and African languages with English subtitles
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: The Niger River brings life to the countries on the southern edge of the Sahara, known as Sahel. Timbuktu lies on the western edge of Sahel, where 25 million people face starvation. 1/3 of Mali’s GNP consists of foreign aid. Because nomadic herders are losing their grazing land to the desert, plans are being made to divert Niger River water to this area to permit the growing of crops.
Genre: Documentary

Title: LES MAITRES FOUS (1986)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 29 Min.
Description: This film documents the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.
Genre: Documentary

Title: DEEP HEARTS (1980)
Format: VHS
Language: English narration, some Fula sequences without English subtitles.
Run Time: 58 Min.
Description: An ethnographic portrayal of the Bororo Fulani people of Niger, showing an annual ritual dance, which symbolizes their beliefs about containing and controlling their feelings of self love and envy.
Genre: Documentary

Title: LA CHASSE AU LION A L'ARC (199-?)
Format: VHS
Language: Narration in English; title and credits in French.
Run Time: 68 Min.
Description: An ethnographical study of the Fulani herdsmen, nomads who live with their herds on the boundaries of Niger and Mali. The study describes a lion hunt by the Goa people, the lion hunters, asked by the Fulani to kill lions which have attacked their herds.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Les Maitres fous (1954)
Format: VHS
Language: N/A
Run Time: 29 min.
Description: This film documents the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a religious movement which was widespread in Niger and Ghana from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. 
Genre: Documentary

Title: Al’lèèsi-- an African actress (2004)
Format: VHS
Language: French and undetermined Nigerien language with English subtitles
Run Time: 69 min.
Description: Zalika Souley is in her fifties. She lives with four children a two-bedroom apartment with neither electricity nor water in Niamey, the capital of Niger. But thirty years ago, she was a movie star and Africa’s first professional female actress, working with such celebrated directors as Niger’s Oumarou Ganda and Moustapha Alassane. Souley was once the legendary bad girl of African cinema defying directors with her compelling improvisations. Yet, despite her fame, her life was beset by difficulty. In moving and often heart-breaking interviews, Souley speaks wistfully about how audiences confused her with the women she portrayed--vamps, adulteresses, prostitutes--and how, as her stardom rose abroad, she became a pariah in her own country. More than a simple chronicle of Souley’s extraordinary career, the film is a moving homage to the heyday of Nigerien cinema in the 1960s when a cottage industry of Westerns, detective films and thrillers delighted audiences.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Jaguar (1967)
Format: VHS
Language: In French with English subtitles
Run Time: 93 min.
Description: Three young men from the savannah of Niger leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. This is the story of their travels, their encounters along the wayu, their experiences in Accra and Kumasi, and after three months, their return to their families and friends at home.
Genre: Drama

Title: Arlit, deuxieme Paris = Arlit, the second Paris (2005)
Format: VHS
Language: In French, Bariba, Hausa and Tamashek with English subtitles
Run Time: 78 min.
Description: Arlit, deuxieme Paris is a case study in migration and environmental racism set in a uranium mining town in the Sahara desert of Niger. Here European corporations extracted nuclear power and profits, leaving behind illness due to radiation, contamination and unemployment. Arlit flourished during the oil crunch of the early 70s when its uranium mines employed 25,000 workers from around the world in high paying jobs
Genre: Documentary

Title: Jean Rouch (2005)
Format: DVD 9 (PAL, Region 2)
Language: In French
Run Time: 4 Discs/11 hrs.
Description: Disc 1. Ciné-Transe: Les Maîtres fous (1956, 28 min.) -- Mammy Water (1956, 18 min.) -- Les Tambours d’avant/Tourou et Bitti (1972, 9 min.) ; Ciné-conte: La chasse au lion á l’arc (1967, 77 min.) -- Un lion nommé l’Americain (1972, 20 min.) --- Disc 2. Ciné-Plaisir: Jaguar (1967, 88 min.) -- Moi, un noir (1959, 70 min.) --- Disc 3. Ciné-Rencontre: Petit á petit (1971, 92 min.) -- La pyramide humaine (1961, 88 min.) -- Disc 4. Ciné-Rouch: Jean Rouch raconte á Pierre-Andre Boutang (104 min.) -- A propos de Jean Rouch, conversation Bernard Surugue et Patrick Leboutte -- Le double d’hier a rencontré demain / un film de Luc Riolon et Bernard Surugue (2004, 10 min.) -- Le Veuves de 15 ans / un film de Jean Rouch (1965, 24 min.)
Genre: Documentary