Chapter

The French Connection

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/9780748621231.003.0004
The French Connection

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Filmmaking south of the Sahara has long been a matter of concern for the French government. As a result, although we are dealing with films that often have a distinctly anti-colonial edge and a clear insight into postcolonial realities, it is impossible to understand the existence of these films without considering first the attitudes and policies of the former colonising power, France. This chapter discusses French aid to African filmmaking from 1980 to 2004. It then analyzes the output of films and filmmakers in the francophone countries north and south of the Sahara.

Keywords: France; French government; African filmmaking; African films; filmmakers

Chapter.  5273 words. 

Subjects: Film

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