White on black : grappling with race in Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, and South Africa

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  • Speaking in broad sociocultural terms, the overall Western attitude toward Africans has been one of race-based condescension. This program addresses that historically conflicted relationship and ways in which it is changing in sub-Saharan Africa through the stories of an idealistic young French-born woman involved with the Yeredeme project, which supports and educates single mothers in Mali; a Chilean-born freelance photographer/TV cameraman who has filmed the war in Sudan and runs a modeling agency in Kenya; and a Portuguese family who moved to the Bijagos Islands to run a small hotel and restaurant there. The mixed expectations of the average tourist in Africa are also considered, along with the recently founded radical Afrikaner town of Orania-the proposed nucleus of a neo-apartheid whites-only state.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 17, 2008.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Portions are in other languages with English subtitles.


  • South Africa's White Settlers (3:46) -- Radical Afrikaners (4:20) -- Pretoria, South Africa (3:38) -- Beliefs of Afrikaner Youth (2:45) -- Westerners in Cooperative Programs in Africa (3:28) -- South American in Africa (4:51) -- Fashion Models in Kenya (3:05) -- Animal Populations in Africa Decreasing (3:25) -- Women's Roles in Africa (2:21) -- Africa: Land for Adventurers (4:26) -- Non-Whites on Bijagos Islands (4:07) -- Independent Women of the Bijagos Islands (3:39) -- Supernatural and Rituals in Guinea (5:23)
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