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Chinua Achebe

Author: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Public Affairs Television (Firm)
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], ©1988.
Series: Films on Demand.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chinua Achebe is president of the town council in his village in Nigeria, a role that brings him more headaches than honors. He's also a storyteller who hears the music of history, weaves the fabric of memory, and sometimes offends the Emperor as well. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, took the world by storm. Achebe disagrees with the notion that literature should be divorced from the politics and economics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
History
Internet videos
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Public Affairs Television (Firm), 1988
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Public Affairs Television (Firm)
OCLC Number: 707964963
Notes: Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Oct. 25, 2006.
Title from distributor's description.
Target Audience: 11 & up.
Description: 1 streaming video file (30 min.) : sound, color, digital file.
Details: System requirements: FOD playback platform.; Mode of access: Internet.
Contents: Central Theme of Achebe's Philosophy (4:07) --
Storytellers Threaten Those in Power (5:08) --
Achebe on Africa: From Colonialism to Democracy (4:47) --
Children's Stories and Storytelling (3:32) --
Achebe on Storytelling and Collective Memory (4:53) --
Achebes Advice to the West (2:20).
Series Title: Films on Demand.
Other Titles: A World of Ideas
Responsibility: Public Affairs Television (Firm).

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Chinua Achebe is president of the town council in his village in Nigeria, a role that brings him more headaches than honors. He's also a storyteller who hears the music of history, weaves the fabric of memory, and sometimes offends the Emperor as well. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, took the world by storm. Achebe disagrees with the notion that literature should be divorced from the politics and economics of its society. In fact, he states, "It is the storyteller.that makes us what we are, that creates history. In his storytelling role, Achebe serves as the collective memory of his society, chronicling the rough transition of African nations such as Nigeria from colonialism to democracy. In this program with Bill Moyers, Chinua Achebe, a man caught between two worlds, discusses his observations and criticisms of both African and Western politics and culture.

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