Chip Taylor Communications


African Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various African countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 15 programs (15 to 60 minutes).

List of Titles


African Stories: CARE in Africa

African Stories: CARE in Africa

CARE International is known throughout the world for its relief efforts of countries in need. This three-part program takes viewers to various countries in Africa to view how members of CARE handle their humanitarian projects. Part 1: Drought in Africa - Parts of Southern Africa are dealing with the longest Click for more


Angola: Landmines - Seeds of the Devil

Angola: Landmines - Seeds of the Devil

"Recommended. This is a clear, effective and disturbing program. Here we learn that as a result of the civil war in Angola, an estimated 10,000,000 landmines have been planted by both sides of the conflict. The result is a country with 70,000 amputees. A country ill-equipped to deal with such large number of injuries." Click for more


Central Africa: Land of the Pygmies (Timber Logging)

Central Africa: Land of the Pygmies (Timber Logging)

Best Documentary -FICA Festival
"Highly Recommended. This program is both compelling and informative. It vividly portrays the plight of the Pygmies, who are caught between their ancient way of life and the enticements of the modern world. The efforts of missionaries and environmentalists Click for more


Central Africa: Land of the Pygmies (Timber Logging) - Level 1

Central Africa: Land of the Pygmies (Timber Logging) - Level 1

Best Documentary -FICA Festival
"Highly Recommended. This program is both compelling and informative. It vividly portrays the plight of the Pygmies, who are caught between their ancient way of life and the enticements of the modern world. The efforts of missionaries and environmentalists Click for more


The Congo (DRC) and Sudan: Mission Impossible

The Congo (DRC) and Sudan: Mission Impossible

"Recommended. This program demonstrates the terrible problems missionaries face in two African nations and how they deal with them, and does so in a compelling way. It shows the determination and dedication of the individuals involved, facing conditions that are at best difficult, and at worst dangerous." -EMRO Click for more


Morocco: Saharawi Dreams

Morocco: Saharawi Dreams

In one of the harshest corners of the Sahara desert live an ancient and picturesque people, the Saharawi; they fled there when the former Spanish colony was annexed by Morocco in 1975. The Sahrawi Liberation Movement, known as Polisario, waged a 16-year guerrilla war in which thousands died. In 1991 the UN brokered Click for more


Namibia: A Nation's Challenge

Namibia: A Nation's Challenge

"Highly Recommended! After 105 years of foreign rule, Namibia, Africa's last colony, gained its independence, and this program covers President Sam Nujoma's address at Lincoln University outlining his country's future. The impeccable rendition of the Namibian National Anthem, and the English translation at the end, Click for more


Niger 1: Exploring Niger

Niger 1: Exploring Niger

One of the poorest and hottest countries in the world, Niger is also one of the most fascinating countries in West Africa. Divided into three geographic regions, with the ever-spreading Sahara Desert as part of its northern section, this African republic of over 12 million is mostly known for its constant struggle Click for more


Niger 2: Living on the Edge of Survival

Niger 2: Living on the Edge of Survival

"Recommended. This documentary presents a general overview of current conditions in this former French colony in West Africa. Shrinking Lake Chad in the southeast and the desert encroaching from the north have weakened the already high stress patterns of annual planting, harvest, and drought. One of the lowest literacy Click for more


Niger 2: Living on the Edge of Survival - Level 1

Niger 2: Living on the Edge of Survival - Level 1

"Recommended. This documentary presents a general overview of current conditions in this former French colony in West Africa. Shrinking Lake Chad in the southeast and the desert encroaching from the north have weakened the already high stress patterns of annual planting, harvest, and drought. One of the lowest literacy Click for more


Nigeria: Sharia Law

Nigeria: Sharia Law

Newly released after 15 years of military dictatorship, both Christians and Muslims in Nigeria are embracing their separate faiths with a renewed vigor. But amidst the prayers for paradise, violence has erupted and now religious programs threaten to engulf Africa's most populous nation. The Christian south blames the Click for more


Sahara

Sahara

"Recommended. A well made and engrossing production, highly stylized and filmed in gorgeous Cinemascope." -Video Librarian
Shot on location in refugee camps and liberated territories, this compelling documentary covers the Polisary guerrilla rebellion, the effects of Spanish colonialism on Western Africa, Click for more


Sahara - Level 1

Sahara - Level 1

"Recommended. A well made and engrossing production, highly stylized and filmed in gorgeous Cinemascope." -Video Librarian
Shot on location in refugee camps and liberated territories, this compelling documentary covers the Polisary guerrilla rebellion, the effects of Spanish colonialism on Western Africa, Click for more


Sierra Leone 1: Children of War

Sierra Leone 1: Children of War

A deeply moving documentary on Sierra Leone's children of war: child soldiers, who were drugged with cocaine to make them fight; also the child victims of mutilations. Through sensitive questioning we come to understand the kids who were forced to become soldiers. Produced by Jaques Paauw. 04/08DE JSCA 30 min.
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Sierra Leone 2: Soldiers of Fortune

Sierra Leone 2: Soldiers of Fortune

To gain control of the diamond mines in Sierra Leone has been the fuel for wars in this African nation for years. Its government forces, along with UN forces, have failed to defeat the RUF rebels. Looking back at UN failures, a UNAMSIL commander suggests mercenaries are an alternative to UN peacekeepers. But many fear Click for more


South Africa: Draining the Seas

South Africa: Draining the Seas

"Recommended. A very good study about the pirate fishing of toothfish and its impact on the fishing industry and the environment; it provides a very broad picture of the industry and related environmental issues by combining interviews with world experts on the fish, South African observers, a Greenpeace team, conservation Click for more


South Africa: Farmer Wars

South Africa: Farmer Wars

The end of apartheid in South Africa was a great moment for human rights; however, new challenges now face this nation. To protect South African farmers from vengeful criminals, the army has now been called in to patrol the mountainous South African-Lesotho border. Most farmers must now carry arms wherever they go Click for more


Zimbabwe: Land of Revolution

Zimbabwe: Land of Revolution

"Highly Recommended. This timely program explores the deplorable state of society in one of Africa's poorest countries. It utilizes a great deal of on-the-spot video coverage of both political and physical battles between the two forces as well as in-depth interviews with the President and the opposition leaders." Click for more





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