Books and films about Africa?
September 18, 2005 9:46 PM Subscribe
Lately I've been on a sort of Africa kick. I'm mostly ignorant of the continent, and think that's a shame. Can you recommend good books and films on Africa?
(Any aspect is fine: big or small.)
posted by jdroth to education (43 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I like fiction and non-fiction. I'm particularly interested in stories that reveal what daily life is like for the people who live in Africa. I'm a bit less interested on political matters from a macro perspective, but am very keen on how politics affect day-to-day life.
As a point of reference, I have read (or plan to read): Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight (Rhodesia/Zaire), No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Botswana), Cry the Beloved Country (South Africa), Things Fall Apart (Nigeria), The Sheltering Sky (Morocco & The Sahara), and Tarzan of the Apes (???). I've liked them all, though for varied reasons.
Films I've seen (or plan to see soon) include: Born Free (Kenya), The Flame Trees of Thika (Kenya), Hotel Rwanda (Rwanda), The Gods Must Be Crazy Botswana), and The Ghost and the Darkness (???).
I'd also be interested in rich web sites on Africa covering topics from the minute to the grand.