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Message from: Laura Arntson (
About: Re: FESPACO Distributor's award - worthwhile???

Fri, 10 May 1996 13:46:18 -0400

Originally from: Laura Arntson <>
Originally dated: Fri, 10 May 1996 13:46:18 -0400

Maybe I'm off the mark here, but I thought that one reason for nominating a
distributor for an award would be to promote greater recognition for a job
well done in distributing, advertising, and making available African
film/cinema. By making African films available and by marketing them well,
a distributor like California Newsreel promotes recognition and sales of
films by African filmmakers -- an endeavor I find highly laudable. Thus I
have to admit that I'm puzzled by Mari Maasilta's comments:

At 06:43 PM 5/9/96 -0400, you wrote:
>Originally from: Marja-Riitta Maasilta <>
>Originally dated: Thu, 9 May 1996 18:43:33 -0400
>It's difficult to say if it's worthwhile to create a new award for the
>distributors, but I would say that whatever is done for the better
>distribution is better than nothing. But why should for example
>California Newsreels be supported? There must be others
>who do better with fewer money.......

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Laura Arntson, Ph.D.
Coordinator, African Media Program
African Studies Center
Michigan State University
100 International Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035

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