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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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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...