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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.
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PBSAfrica's Great Civilizations DVD
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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AMAZING

Thank you Dr Gates, PBS and all the sponsors for this amazingly informative series,
Buy yours now before they are all gone ,

Thank you Dr Gates, PBS and all the sponsors for this amazingly informative series,
Buy yours now before they are all gone ,

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great visuals, commentary, but the soundtrack intrudes

This six part production is dense with on-site visuals, commentary, interviews, and fabulous maps. Its a massive topic but well organized. But the soundtrack makes it hard to watch! The sound effects...Read complete review

This six part production is dense with on-site visuals, commentary, interviews, and fabulous maps. Its a massive topic but well organized. But the soundtrack makes it hard to watch! The sound effects and music are offen unique and fit the visuals, but are so loud and relentless that the entire production is undermined. Could it be that the great commentary of the narrator and the expanses of the desert could actually be improved with less music? Only the mute button gives one relief.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very informative

By md4lifecol323

from El Cerrito, CA

Comments about PBS Africa's Great Civilizations DVD:

This was a great series. I learned a lot - which speaks to how neglected this area is in history courses in American schools. The first episode was a little too dense - it could have easily been expanded to two episodes. I would have liked to hear more about the topics and the editing seemed a bit choppy for just the first episode. I also agree with the other reviewer about the distracting music. However, the content and visual presentation were excellent, so I still gave it 5 stars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By mustangm

from San Francisco, CA

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Comments about PBS Africa's Great Civilizations DVD:

This was a great series when it aired on PBS. I couldn't wait to order the DVD. I could tell there was so much more to be told. Keep on enlightening the world with knowledge.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'Africa's Great Civilizations' is an awesome documentary

By Joe

from Seattle, WA

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Pros

  • Brilliant
  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original

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    Comments about PBS Africa's Great Civilizations DVD:

    Mr. Gates did a wonderful job. 'Africa's Great Civilizations' is a brilliant documentary. I am such a fan...

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    5.0

    I already Pre-ordered copies for me & my family

    By Lagosbeauty

    from Boston, Ma

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Travel
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about PBS Africa's Great Civilizations DVD:

      LOVE this documentary, I would like to thank Professor Gates and PBS for doing a documentary that was long over due. African civilizations from North, South, West, East & Central Africa. He did not leave any kingdom not mentioned, North and Sub-Saharan Africa great kingdoms was high lighted perfectly. From the art sculptures of the Ile Ife Kingdom & Benin Kingdom to the great wall of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, and etc. definitely ordering copies for future generations, this DVD needs to be shown to future generations to finally spread the truth of the great & beautiful continent of Africa

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Informative

      By Pato

      from New York

      Comments about PBS Africa's Great Civilizations DVD:

      Insightful and thank you PBS and the crews, everybody did a great job.

      Well done guys.
      I will buy the DVD to show in my home town to my community in Edo State Nigeria.

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