African Filmmaking North and South of the Sahara by Roy Armes

By Roy Armes

African cinema is a colourful, diversified, and comparatively new paintings shape, which keeps to attract the eye of an ever-expanding world wide viewers. African Filmmaking is the 1st accomplished learn in English linking filmmaking within the Maghreb with that during the 12 self reliant states of francophone West Africa. Roy Armes examines quite a lot of concerns universal to filmmakers during the area: the socio-political context, filmmaking in Africa prior to the mid-1960s, the involvement of African and French governments, questions of nationwide and cultural id, the difficulty of globalization, and, in particular, the paintings of the filmmakers themselves during the last forty years, with specific emphasis on more youthful filmmakers. Armes bargains a wealth of knowledge and a distinct point of view at the background and way forward for African filmmaking.

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16–7. 31. Denise Brahimi, Cinémas d’Afrique francophone et du Maghreb (Paris: Nathan, 1997), p. 7. 32. Jacqueline Kaye, Maghreb: New Writing from North Africa (York: Talus Editions, 1992), p. 5. 33. , p. 6. 34. Cruise O’Brien, Symbolic Confrontations, p. 15. 35. Mongo Beti, cited in Richard Bjornson, The African Quest for Freedom and Identity: Cameroonian Writing and the National Experience (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994), p. 329. 36. Cf. Jacqueline Kaye and Abdelhamid Zoubir, The Ambiguous Compromise: Language, Literature and Identity in Algeria and Morocco (London and New York: Routledge, 1990).

Cinema and Society (Paris: IFTC, 1981), p. 101. 4. Ibid. 5. Jean-Claude Seguin, Alexandre Promio ou les énigmes de la lumière (Paris: L’Harmattan, 1999), p. 250. 6. , p. 254. 7. Bataille and Veillot, Caméras sous le soleil, pp. 13–14. 8. Rémy Carrigues, ‘L’Homme du Niger’, in L’Almanach Ciné-Miroir, 1940. 9. David Henry Slavin, Colonial Cinema and Imperial France, 1919–1939 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), p. 17. 10. Dina Sherzer, Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone Worlds (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996), p.

264. 56. ), Twenty-Five Years of the New Latin American Cinema (London: British Film Institute, 1983), and Teshome H. Gabriel, Third Cinema in the Third World (Ann Arbour, MI: UMI Research Press, 1982). 35 3. AFRICAN INITIATIVES The current philosophy of filmmakers is in fact that the state should sustain production by helping its financing and distribution, but by regularising the market. The state should protect rather than take everything on board. Ferid Boughedir, 19871 Introduction This study is largely concerned with post-independence filmmaking in four adjoining areas astride the Sahara, all of which were colonised by the French up to the end of the 1950s or the beginning of the 1960s.

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