The Post-Independence Generation

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:
The Post-Independence Generation

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This chapter argues that it is now possible to see the outlines of a new wave or generation, the first to be comprised entirely of filmmakers who, because of their date of birth, never experienced life under colonial rule. Filmmakers born since independence now make up about 15 per cent of the total number of francophone African filmmakers — and a far greater proportion of those currently active (they are responsible for almost a third of all features made in the five years since the beginning of 2000). They have also begun to dominate African film festivals. Forty filmmakers have given us over fifty feature films in the years since the late 1990s. About two-thirds of these new filmmakers come from the Maghreb: one from Algeria, thirteen from Morocco, and ten from Tunisia. The rest come from nine of the independent states south of the Sahara.

Keywords: African filmmakers; colonial rule; African films; francophone

Chapter.  7524 words. 

Subjects: Film

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