Africa's Great Civilizations

Season 1
 (171)6.82017TV-PG
Beginning with Africa's ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.
Starring
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Part 1
    February 26, 2017
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces viewers to the African continent through a series of expansive views and myth-busting revelations. His six-hour exploration of the African past begins at the origins of human existence. Through anthropological and scientific discoveries viewers learn that Africa is the genetic home of all currently living humanity.
  2. 2. Part 2
    February 26, 2017
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The second hour of "Africa's Great Civilizations" charts the emergence of two powerful forces of global change, Islam and Christianity. Viewers will learn how pervasively "the Cross and the Crescent" reshaped the landscape and people of Africa between the first and 12th centuries A.D. - and for centuries to come.
  3. 3. Part 3
    February 27, 2017
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The third hour in the series marks an era of great commercial and manufacturing growth throughout several regions on the continent. It begins with the revolutionary transformation of North and West Africa.
  4. 4. Part 4
    February 27, 2017
    52min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Hour four shines a light on the powerful, cosmopolitan cities that dotted Africa at a time when Europe was in its Middle Ages. From 1000 to 1600, a golden age evolves in the expansion of commerce, wealth and prosperity across Africa, and, along with this, the building of new cities and the founding of new powerful states.
  5. 5. Part 5
    February 28, 2017
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The series' fifth hour examines the tremendous changes wrought in Africa by the trans-Atlantic slave trade, flowing out of the new era of European exploration in the New World that had begun in 1492 and reached a crucial point in the 16th century.
  6. 6. Part 6
    February 26, 2017
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. introduces viewers to the African continent through a series of expansive views and myth-busting revelations. His six-hour exploration of the African past begins at the origins of human existence. Through anthropological and scientific discoveries viewers learn that Africa is the genetic home of all currently living humanity.

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Directors
Mark BatesKaren McGannVirginia Quinn
Producers
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Dyllan McGeePeter Kunhardt
Season year
2017
Network
PBS
Content advisory
Violence
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