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A Spotlight on African Cinema: Hyenas

7 Oct
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Kanopy is an excellent platform to check out movies from all over the world. One fantastic film I discovered recently was the Senegalese movie “Hyenas” from 1992. It is based on the play “The Visit” by Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt and directed by the highly-acclaimed Djibril Diop Mambéty.

In the movie, a woman named Ramatou returns to her home village of Colobane, where she had been banished 30 years earlier for having gotten pregnant out of wedlock. Colobane is now a very impoverished place and upon hearing of Ramatou’s return, the people of Colobane feel hopeful that she will help them. They have heard that she has become “richer than the World Bank.” But Ramatou only has one thing on her mind – she wants revenge on the man who impregnated her and refused to accept their child, forcing her to be ostracized and having to leave the village into a life of unknowable hardships.

The cinematography is wonderful, there are several breathtaking shots, and the music that plays throughout the film is superb. The themes of the movie are extremely thought-provoking, and there are no easy answers.

When people think of world cinema, many think of Europe and nowadays, Asia. But the continent of Africa has a lot to offer, too. Ignoring African cinema is ignoring wonderful gems like this film.

Written by:
Sam Evaristo
Circulation Assistant
Grand St. Branch

Ebooks, Streaming Movies and more for Adults!

18 Mar

Monday, I wrote about some of our online resources for children, but Hoboken has plenty of great ebooks and streaming media resources for Hoboken adult residents as well.

eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS
eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS, Overdrive Services, allow you to download popular audiobook and ebook titles to your computers, tablets, and ereaders (including Kindles).  You can switch between the two borrowing consortiums in one easy to use App.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Libby_Overdrive Tip Sheet  My current read is Kim WilkinsSisters of the Fire, the incendiary sequel to her Daughters of the Storm, which should appeal to Game of Thrones fans.

RB Digital Magazines
RB Digital Magazines, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full-color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from our library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.  Some of my personal favorites are Bon Appetit, Wired, and Conde Nast Traveler but you can find everything from Vogue to National Geographic.  Click here for instructions on getting started: RB Digital Tip Sheet

Hoboken Public Library resident card holders, have access to Hoopla, which provides online access to thousands of movies, TV shows, ebooks (including graphic novels), audiobooks, and music albums.  There are never any holds!  Currently I have been binging the tropical island set mystery series, Death in Paradise.  We are currently allowing an additional 10 checkouts for 20 total in the month of March.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Hoopla Tip Sheet

Freegal Music allows Hoboken Public Library resident card holders access to hundreds of thousands of songs.  Library card holders can download up to five music tracks in the MP3 format each week. Plus our Hoboken Library Resident Library Cardholders have access to three hours of streaming music per day.  I was excited to see they had a playlist up in honor of April being Poetry Month. Click here for instructions on getting started: Freegal Tip Sheet

Hoboken Public Library Resident Library Card Holders have access to more than 30,000 Films from Kanopy.  You usually have 10 choices per month, but in March you will have 20; each of these checkouts is good for a 72 hour period.  From award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema there is sure to be something you will love. I’m looking forward to checking out the follow up to Super Size Me, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken.  And don’t forget kids have unlimited free streaming with Kanopy Kids.  Click here for instructions on getting started: Kanopy Tip Sheet

Our newest streaming resource.  The world’s leading classical music channel, features over 1,800 programs including: concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs.  Missed a concert at Carnegie Hall?  Check it out on Medici.TV.

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