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Mon, 18 Aug 97 18:01:00 PDT

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    Subscribers interested in this artist might like to know
    about the following.

    This memo is in response to several inquiries we have
    received for more detailed information on the 1978
    television documentary THE CINEMA OF SENEGAL. This title is
    one of several dozen we offer for sale that are not
    available elsewhere.

    This documentary is 27 minutes long and was made when the
    Senegalese film director Ousmane SEMBENE was in the United
    States on the occasion of the premier of his new film CEDDO.
    On this program he discusses filmmaking in Senegal, and by
    extension filmmaking in black Africa with his compatriot the
    elder statesman of African filmmaking Paulin Soumanou VIEYRA
    and Larry KARDISH, Associate Curator in the Programming
    Division of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
    Mr. Kardish had at that time arranged a retrospective of
    African films at the Museum.

    Excerpts are shown on this program from Mr. Sembene's film,
    and from ET LA NIEGE N'ETAIT PLUS by Ababacar Samb-Makharam,
    and REOUH-TAKH by Mahama Johnson Traore.

    The conversation is in French with a very competent voice
    over translation. Senegal was in 1978 the only country in
    sub-Saharan Africa with a film community, and this community
    was astonishingly vital. The 20 or 30 directors there had
    managed to make films against tremendous odds. There were no
    production facilities in the country -- all lab work was
    done in France. Indeed, films in Senegal were until a few
    years before this program produced only in the French
    language because Senegal has several different languages, no
    one of which -- it was thought --would have guaranteed an
    audience sufficient to warrant nationwide distribution. The
    topics discussed with some passion on this program concern
    this situation and such other themes as art in a
    post-colonial society, censorship and self-censorship, and
    the way Senegalese films track the underlying concerns of
    society, including the conflict between Christianity and
    Islam and both with old indigenous religions, the role of
    educated Senegalese who return to a country in which they
    can no longer relate so comfortably to older traditions,
    etc. The film clips, too, reflect these themes. Creative
    Arts Television Archive is a licensing agency representing
    several hundred completed television documentaries not for
    sale elsewhere. Some of these titles concern cinema and are
    now available in video formats for research or classroom
    use. Full list on request by e-mail or post.

    We offer VHS (home video) copies of documentary programs
    about cinema, film directors, scoring for film, animation,
    experimenters, studies of techniques, profiles and
    interviews, produced in the period 1950-1980.

    Costs and limits of use

    These programs are individually duplicated from the master.
    Each costs $49.95, prepaid, plus shipping of $5 per package
    in USA, regardless of size. Please send check to

    Creative Arts Television
    Post Office Box 739
    Kent, CT 06757

    If you are with an institution and wish to place a large
    order please give us an idea of the quantity you seek. On
    some titles we can achieve a price reduction from our lab
    and pass this on to you.

    Sorry, we do not rent our cassettes or send them out on
    approval. We prefer to ship by UPS for safety, so when you
    order please indicate your UPS address (unless you prefer
    shipment by post to a PO box). These programs are offered
    for private or classroom use, or inclusion in a library, not
    for duplication or any commercial use.

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