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(30 additional minutes of Bonus Stories & Interviews are included on DVD version only)

ABOUT THE FILM

“Our Africa” covers the period from 1960, when 17 African countries became independent from European metropolises, until the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
During the Khrushchev “thaw”, the foreign policy of the Soviet Union intensified, and Africa and the Arab world became priority areas of Soviet diplomacy. Cinematographers of Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad, Sverdlovsk, Minsk, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Tashkent, Tbilisi were sent with a mission to the African continent, where for 30 years they made photos and videos of parades of the military and youth, collectivization of agriculture, scientific and technical progress under the guidance of Soviet specialists, glorifying Marxism-Leninism and one-party political system.

Using cadres of more than 70 documentaries, screenwriter and director Alexander Markov designs the “bright future” of Africa cherished by Soviet tutelage, elevating the first presidents of independent countries to the rank of folk heroes, fighters and saviors of the continent.
The first visits of African countries by “simple” Soviet people. The first badge with Lenin pinned on the lapel of his new African friend’s jacket. The camera conveys conflicting feelings and operators’ mindsets: immediate emotions and inspiration are mixed with ideological patterns.
Rallies in support of the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba in plants and factories. A messenger from space, Yuri Gagarin, triumphantly travels across Africa, and his image appears even on the windshield of a Nigerian taxi driver.
Leonid Brezhnev, squeezing in the tight embrace of African presidents, feels his finest hour, while N. Khrushchev, the last time as General Secretary, overlaps Nile in Aswan.
M. Gorbachev, shaking hands with Robert Mugabe, closes this chain when the pathos of Soviet internationalism breaks on Perestroika like the cast-iron head of Lenin on the pavement of Khreshchatyk.
Politicians leave, but ideas remain. I recall a taxi driver in New York called Isaiah. He dreamed of resurrecting Lenin for at least a week so that he restored equality in his native Burkina Faso. The last shots of the film “Our Africa” are just wondering about the export of ideas. But enough spoilers…

How to use the film

Add the film to your events calendar and you can use the film as a significant document of an African Independence. Each year all African countries celebrate an Independence Day so it make sense also to keep the film for its anniversary

Test your students trying to find what country does each leader belongs to. You will see several of them in film, in fact they were the first presidents.

Show the film in the class room, it will help in studying the history of relations between Africa and the USSR during the Cold War.

Add the film to your library’s collection and make it available to everyone with an interest the Soviet Union and the Third World countries.

How licensing works

We offer a tiered licensing and pricing system to make the film accessible to all types of organizations. You are legally obligated to purchase the appropriate license for your institution.

As independent filmmakers, we rely on your support to keep producing great documentaries and offering them to the public. We review all purchases to confirm correct licensing.

If you have any questions, please see the Licensing FAQ.

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30 additional minutes of Bonus Stories & Interviews are included on DVD version only.

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