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The African Experience

Roy Armes

in African Filmmaking

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621231
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621231.003.0001
The African Experience

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This chapter begins with a discussion of filmmaking in Africa by Africans as a fundamentally postcolonial activity and experience. This is most evident in the in the two contiguous but variously colonised geographical areas dealt with in this book. The first area comprises the North African countries forming the Maghreb: Tunisia and Morocco, and Algeria. The second area comprises the states formed south of the Sahara from the two giant colonies of French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa, which were divided at independence into the twelve separate countries now known as Benin (formerly Dahomey), Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon and Congo. The chapter then considers the diverse influences of France and Islam in African life and culture.

Keywords: African filmmaking; France; Island; African culture

Chapter.  7081 words. 

Subjects: Film

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