African FilmmakingNorth and South of the Sahara

African FilmmakingNorth and South of the Sahara

Roy Armes

Print publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780748621231

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


This book is a study linking filmmaking in the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia) with that in francophone West Africa and examining the factors (including Islam and the involvement of African and French governments) which have shaped post-independence production. The main focus is the development over forty years of two main traditions of African filmmaking: a social realist strand examining the nature of postcolonial society; and a more experimental approach where emphasis is placed on new stylistic patterns able to embrace history, myth, and magic. The work of younger filmmakers born since independence is examined in the light of these two traditions.