Wonders of the African World, Documentaries Narrated by Henry Louis Gates Jr.


Wonders of the African World, Episode 1: Black Kingdoms of the Nile (1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 1: Black Kingdoms of the Nile
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

Review Summary

This installment of the series Wonders of the African World explores the kingdom of Nubia. The early Nubians, dating back to the third millenium B.C., were a very sophisticated black African people who had a symbiotic relationsip with the ancient Egyptians. Learn about the lush Nile curve that made their home so fertile and discover how the Egyptians and Nubians influenced each other. Beginning in 1897, the British flooded the Nile, burying Nubian monuments and temples and forcing people to the cities in Egypt and Sudan. Now, archeologists understand the deep importance of the Nubian accomplishments that still exist. Explore them on this video. ~ Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

 

 

 

Wonders of the African World, Episode 2: The Swahili Coast (1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 2: The Swahili Coast
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

 

Review Summary

This installment of the series Wonders of the African World explores the Swahili Coast. The early people of this area worked in farming, fishing, and iron working. But several African sultans and the arrival of the Portuguese changed that to the exportation goods, including slaves, from the interior of the continent to their coastal home. Learn of the early history of this area and its people, and discover how these people have retained their ancient culture. ~ Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

 

 

 

Wonders of the African World – Episode 3 | 4 – The Slave Kingdoms : The Holy Land

Wonders of the African World, Episode 3: The Slave Kingdoms (1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 3: The Slave Kingdoms
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

Review Summary

This installment of the series Wonders of the African World enlightens the viewer about the slave trade in Africa. The west coast of Africa is known for gold, ivory, and slave trading. The video details Africa’s interior slave trade and the politics behind it, and then informs viewers of how the Europeans and Americans were able to take advantage of its structure. ~ Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

 

 

 

Wonders of the African World, Episode 4: The Holy Land(1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 4: The Holy Land
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

Review Summary

This installment of the series Wonders of the African World covers the African region of Ethiopia. Learn about the rich history and changing religions of these people. Most recently, Ethiopia was home to Ras Tafari who the Rastafarians of the Carribean believe fulfilled a biblical prophecy. Also with this video, find out about the greatness of ancient Ethiopian women and gain knowledge about the civil war years and past royalty of the area. ~ Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

 

 

 

 

Wonders of the African World: Episode 5 & 6 – The Road to Timbuktu & Lost Cities of the south

 

Wonders of the African World, Episode 5: The Road to Timbuktu(1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 5: The Road to Timbuktu
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

Review Summary

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this six-part PBS series on Africa that explores some of the continent’s most fascinating history, cities, and artifacts. This episode visits the Great Mosque of Djenne, and Roderick and Susan McIntosh’s archaeological site at Jenne-jeno. Other segments feature the Dogon people’s religious practices, the winding pathways of the Niger River, and the ancient mosques in Timbuktu. Gates notes the Tuareg people’s role in establishing Timbuktu, and their ongoing attempts to gain control over it. A variety of experts are interviewed during this series, including Zayde Antrim, John Middleton, Kevin C. McDonald, and Timothy Kendall. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

 

 

Wonders of the African World, Episode 6: Lost Cities of the South(1999)

Movie Details

  • Title: Wonders of the African World, Episode 6: Lost Cities of the South
  • Running Time: 60 Minutes
  • Genre: Social History, Politics & Government, World History

Review Summary

This installment of the series Wonders of the African World explores the pre-colonial cities built by the Africans. The ancient city of Mapungubwe is located in South Africa, and Great Zimbabwe is located in Zimbabwe. Until the ’70s, the governments of South Africa and Rhodesia (British-occupied Zimbabwe) denied that Africans built these glorious cities, saying that the land was completely uninhabited until the Europeans came, and also crediting Middle-easterners with the structures. Learn of the complicated trading economies and architecture developed by the black civilizations of these cities and see how these people have regained their history. ~ Linda J. Shriver, Rovi

 


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