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By Roy Armes

ISBN-10: 0748618627

ISBN-13: 9780748618620

African cinema is a colourful, assorted, and comparatively new artwork shape, which maintains to attract the eye of an ever-expanding all over the world viewers. African Filmmaking is the 1st entire examine 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 sector: the socio-political context, filmmaking in Africa sooner than the mid-1960s, the involvement of African and French governments, questions of nationwide and cultural id, the problem of globalization, and, particularly, the paintings of the filmmakers themselves during the last forty years, with specific emphasis on more youthful filmmakers. Armes deals a wealth of knowledge and a special viewpoint at the background and way forward for African filmmaking.

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Viola Shafik, Arab Cinema (Cairo: The University of Cairo Press, 1998), p. 83. 50. Kenneth W. ), The Marabout and the Muse: New Approaches to Islam in African Fiction (Portsmouth, NH and London: Heinemann and James Curry, 1996), p. xxiii. 51. Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, cited in Michel Amarger, M’Bissine Diop and Catherine Ruelle, ‘Islam, croyances et négritude dans les cinémas d’Afrique’, Paris: Africultures 47 (2002), p. 11. 52. Maquet, Civilisations, p. 171. 53. Oliver, The African Experience, p. 304.

It even established a short-lived professional film training programme (INC), where the students in its sole year of operation included a number of the future feature filmmakers. Then in 1967–8 came a reorganisation of film structures, when the OAA and CNCA were disbanded and three new organisations – the CDC, CAC and ONCIC – were set up. CDC took over the ciné-bus role initially established by the French colonial SDC, and CAC took took charge of the administrative roles. But ONCIC, initially granted just the monopoly of film production in 1967, steadily absorbed all the other functions, to become a total state monopoly.

16 25 AFRICAN FILMMAKING South Africa At the time of independence in the Maghreb and French colonial Africa – when the new African cinemas were about to come into being – there were only two film industries in Africa. One of these – that located in South Africa – could obviously be of no relevance, despite the state subsidy scheme established in 1956 and the existence of 1,300 or so feature films produced there between 1910 and 1996,17 since it was a white cinema constructed for a white audience.

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