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Films by Title: "Z"

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Zan Boko (1988) - In the Mossi culture, one of the rites attending the birth of a child and its induction as a new member of the community involves the burial of the placenta. The space in which the placenta is buried is called 'Zan Boko' - a phrase which connotes the religious, cultural and affective relations that bind the child to the land and that embraces the notions of 'rootedness' and 'belonging'. Kaboré tells the story of Tinga, who resists the encroaching urbanization of his native territory. The specific rhythms and vision of the rural community, including its values, social relationship, and individual & collective destinies, are altered when a city is planted on the edge of an ancient native village. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Gaston Kabore.

Zantray '88: Children of Haitian Tradition (1988) - This documentary begins with the period of national euphoria in Haiti at the departure of dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier, and concludes with the massacre of voters and polling workers on Nov. 29, 1987 and the army-controlled "selection" of Jan. 17, 1988. Through interviews with Haitian peasants, laborers, government officials, and clergymen, the film attempts to explain why hopes for democracy in Haiti go unrealized. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: David Korb.

Zebra Killer, The (1974) - A police officer becomes obsessed with a satistic killer called "The Zebra Killer" who has kidnapped his girlfriend and discoveries many murders along the way while tracking him down. Drama, 92 min., DVD, dir: William Girdler.

Zebrahead (1992) - Two young men Dee Wimms (DeShonn Castle) and Zack Glass (Michael Rapaport) dare to cross the color line and form a friendship in a racially torn Detroit high school. N'Bushe Wright plays Nikki, Dee's cousin and Zack's love interest; Candy Ann Brown plays Nikki's mother. Drama, 100 min., VHS, dir: Anthony Drazan.

Zelador, O: A Story of Capoeira (2007) - O Zelador explores the life of Master Russo who lives with his family in a tough suburb of Rio de Janeiro. At a young age Russo discovers the value of Capoeira. The music, physical agility and philosophy of this Afro-Brazilian martial art and cultural phenomenon help him endure a life of hardship and danger. Documentary, 83 min., DVD, dir: Daren Bartlett.

Zoot Suit (1981) - During WWII, the zoot suit became the marker of rebellious African American and Latino youth. The colorful assertiveness of wide shoulders and baggy pleated pants helped inflame passions already running high, and skirmishes between zoot suiters and military men on leave became common in Los Angeles. Musical, 103 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Luis Valdez.

Zoot Suit (1942) - Dorothy Dandridge performs in this musical short. Music performance, 3 min., VHS, dir: N/A.

Zora Is My Name! (1989) - A PBS "American Playhouse" production, this is an amusing TV outing revealing the life of Zora Neale Hurston, a black writer known for her folklore and stories from the rural South of the 1930s and 1940s. Drama, 88 min., DVD, dir: Neema Barnette.

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (2008) -The first definitive feature-length biography about Zora Neale Hurston broadcast as part of PBS's American Masters series to wide acclaim across America. Documentary, 84 min., DVD, dir: Sam Pollard.

Zora Neale Hurston Footage (1930s) - Zora Neale Hurston returned to her hometown of Eatonville, Florida to shoot this footage of people from the community, including children playing games. Documentary, 23 min., VHS, U-Matic, dir: Zora Neale Hurston.

Zou Zou (1934) - Josephine Baker stars in this 1934 French musical as a laundress who seizes her chance for success when the star of the show abruptly leaves with her lover. A love triangle and a wrongful imprisonment also color this film that showcases Baker's singing and dancing talent. In French with English subtitles. Musical, 93 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Marc Allegret.

Zulu-Hulu (1954) - This short documentary examines the Venda and Zulu tribes in South Africa. Documentary, 8 min., 16mm, dir: N/A.

Zulu (1964) - In 1879, the Zulu nation hands colonial British forces a resounding defeat in battle. A nearby regiment of the British Army takes over a station run by a missionary (Jack Hawkins) and his daughter (Ulla Jacobsson) as a supply depot and hospital under the command of Lieutenant John Chard (Stanley Baker) and his subordinate Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine). Drama, 198 min., DVD, dir: Cy Endfield.

Zulu Love (2004) - A tragic story of a woman, Thandeka Khumalo, who is hardened from the oppression she faced during apartheid. Khumalo was arrested after witnessing a crime when she was five months pregnant and badly beaten. Her daughter was born deaf, which many believe was a result of Khumalo’s torture. Isolated from her family and daughter, Khumalo struggles to face her demons and find healing. On the disc Zwei Film von Ramadan Suleman. Drama, duration undetermined, DVD, dir: Ramadan Suleman.

Zulu Love Letter (2004) - Thandeka is a former political activist and journalist with a broken marriage and a deaf-mute daughter. Hardened and cynical, her life is forced to change when she is approached by Tau, an old woman who asks Thandeka to find her daughter’s remains. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Ramadan Suleman.

Zwei Films von Ramadan Suleman (2004 ; 1997) - Contains Zulu Love and Fools. See descriptions under individual film names. Drama, 195, DVD, dir: Ramadan Suleman.

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