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African FilmmakingNorth and South of the Sahara$
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Roy Armes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621231

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621231.001.0001

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The French Connection

The French Connection

(p.53) 4. The French Connection
African Filmmaking

Roy Armes

Edinburgh University Press

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

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