Provides an overview of the history of Africa and examines major influences on this complex continent: indigenous heritage, Western culture, and the Islamic religion. On a continent where more than 70 coups have taken place in the last 30 years, the need for a stable government is critical. Compares African military regimes, one-party states, Marxism in Mozambique, and the styles of the presidents of Tanzania and Zaire. Produced by WETA/Washington, D.C. and the BBC. NOTE: Contains some war-based violence.
NOTE: The captioned DVD has closed captions (decoder needed).