Africa's Great Civilizations DVD & Blu-ray

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their ... More
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Africa's Great Civilizations In his six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing, and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Professor Gates travels the length and breadth of Africa to chronicle the continent's history from a firmly African perspective. His journey takes him from the city of Great Zimbabwe, to the pyramids of Meroe, and the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia.

The epic story that he tells is full of surprises and unexpected connections, helping us to appreciate the collective and individual genius of Africans who, across thousands of years, built civilizations and empires, fought wars, established great cities, furthered and spread learning, and created some of the most sublime art and architecture in human history.

Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired in English (DVI)

Producer: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dyllan McGee, Peter Kunhardt
Production Company: McGee Media; WETA; Inkwell Films, Inc; Kunhardt Productions
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2017
Rating: TV-PG
Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Writers: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 360 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
DVI: Y
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

"…this program does a good job of picking some of the most impactful points in the continent's history to give a comprehensive view of the land's thousands of years of history. Entertaining and educational, this would be a welcome addition to any classroom as well." - Albany Times Union

"ambitious and poignant" - Spirituality and Practice

3.5 out of 4 stars “…the art, architecture, and landscapes on display here are stunning, and the historical concepts are clearly explained. Highly recommended.” - Video Librarian