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Watch - An Introduction To African Cinema

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 19, 2011 4:00 AM
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The word "Introduction" is key... while not an exhaustive history of African cinema, it's a decent start/introduction for the uninitiated. I just realized that I don't think I've watched a documentary that I'd say does a really thorough, comprehensive job of documenting the history of African cinema. However, if you know something I don't know, feel free to leave a comment.

After you watch this 30-minute film, I'd recommend picking up copies of 2 books, both penned by Manthia Diawara - filmmaker, scholar, distinguished professor at New York University, and director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs; first, African Cinema: Politics and Culture (Blacks in the Diaspora), and second, African Film: New Forms of Aesthetics and Politics

Both are available on Amazon.com.

Watch below (Black British actor David Oyelowo narrates this by the way):

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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1 Comment

  • Samantha | May 20, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    Yes, as you said it's a good introduction...
    Pr. Diawara is definitely an amazing reference / expert!

    I would suggest you look into the work of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, a Senegalese director and film historian, who did a lot of research on African cinema(s)
    His most notable book Le Cinéma africain des origines à 1973 is a great resource... However, I'm not sure it's availble in English!

    And David Murphy's ' Africans filming Africa: Questioning theories of an authentic African cinema' is also worth checking!

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