Esther Jemila Chukwuma


Voted for

Shehu Umar1976Adamu Halilu
YAWAR MALLKU1969Jorge Sanjinés
Schindler's List1993Steven Spielberg
The Hour of the Furnaces1968Fernando Solanas
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Parasite2019Bong Joon-ho
Django1966Sergio Corbucci


Shehu Umar


An adaptation of a 1933 novel by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who became Nigeria's first prime minister. The film is made in the Hausa language and set in northern Nigeria: the trans-Saharan slave trade, its subject, is still subtly going on in the form of human trafficking. Shehu Umar was considered a lost film, but through a collaborative effort with the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin it was restored using footage found in Nigeria's National Film Video & Sound Archive in Jos, with the help of Didi Cheeka of the Lagos Film Society.


1969 Bolivia

A Bolivian drama, a sort of realistic story: rich and strong nations will devour poor and weak nations.

Schindler's List

1993 USA

The horrors of the Holocaust are terrible, and humanity even now should strive to avoid a repeat of it – ethnic cleansing still goes on unreported around Africa. The solemn music conveys the sorrow, the black-and-white cinematography causes the audience to live in that time of horror. Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than a thousand persecuted Jews, is an unforgettable protagonist.

The Hour of the Furnaces

1968 Argentina

An Argentinian film in two parts, full of images of war, nature (seas, farming), cars, trains, the everyday violence inflicted on Latin American people. It's a picture of ideological war – all information and means of dissemination means are controlled by the CIA.

Further remarks

It is quite interesting participating in this polls voting. I am available for a new future survey on archival film footage.

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