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African Movies Gaining Spotlight

Africa was predominantly represented by Western filmmakers throughout the colonial era. Western filmmakers depicted black Africans as “exoticized,” “submissive workers,” or “savage or cannibalistic” in the first decades of the twentieth century. See, for...

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Ahmed Rachedi – Film Director

Ahmed Rachedi (born 1938) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for the film Z (1969), which he helped produce. His 1971 film L’Opium et le Bâton was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film...

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Chronicle of the Years of Fire

Chronicle of the Years of Fire ( French: Chronique des Années de Braise; these names both mean “Chronicle of the Years of Embers”) is a 1975 Algerian drama historical film directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina. It depicts the Algerian War of Independence as seen through...

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The Battle of Algiers – Set in Africa

The Battle of Algiers (Italian: La battaglia di Algeri) is a 1966 war film co-written and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. It is based on events undertaken by rebels during the Algerian War (1954–1962) against the French government in North Africa, the most prominent...

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Algerian Cinema

During the period of French colonization, motion pictures were transcendently a misleading publicity instrument for the French pioneer state. Albeit shot in Algeria and saw by the neighborhood populace, by far most of “Algerian”...


Nigerian Novelist Elechi Amadi

Elechi Amada said that “An African writer who really wants to interpret the African scene has to write in three dimensions at once. There is the private life, the social life, and what you...

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Zézé Gamboa

    Zézé Gamboa is a director, writer, cinematographer and producer from Luanda, Angola. He received his degree in sound engineering in Paris and began directing films. He also served as jurist to quite a few...