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About: Teaching African Cinema - manual and video from BFI

Mon, 3 Aug 1998 08:09:39 -0700 (PDT)

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    I just got in my Teaching African Cinema kit. There was a posting about it
    ages ago but I can't find it. I know I paid for it many months ago. Anyhow
    it came the other day and I have to say I think it is terrific. I haven't
    read it in full yet - that will take me months probably, but I wanted to
    tell everyone about it as I suspect many others will want to get it too. It
    is published by the British Film Institute, written by Roy Ashbury, Wendy
    Helsby and Maureen O'Brien. It was funded by the Africa 95 and European
    Development Fund, and somehow related to the projects done by June Givanni
    and Gaylene Gould of the BFI's African and Caribbean Unit.
    The book is 124 pages (A4 size ring bound) and section headings are:
    The Development of Film in Africa
    Brief history
    African cinema under colonialism
    Film production in Egypt
    Black African cinema after Independence
    Some African film makers
    Festivals and origanisations
    Distribution and exhibition
    Is there an African cinema
    Going to the cinema in Burkina Faso

    The Question of Culture
    Case Studies -- Xala, Halfaouine, Borom Sarret, Le Certificat d'Indigence,
    Denko/For the Son

    Also there is a 116 minute VHS PAL video that shows clips and complements
    the book.
    This is one of those books that I love, but also hate as it looks so good
    that I have now to find the time to read it.... I recommend it to you all.

    I assume it is available from the
    British Film Institute
    21 Stephen Street
    London W1P 2LN, UK

    It is ISBN # 0-85170-560-X
    Sorry I can't find anywhere on it a clear address to buy it from, but that
    is a small failing in what looks like a great resource. (Note: I'm not
    involved with it at all, and paid my UKP 20 (?) like anyone else would to
    get a copy.)
    Steve Smith
    DSR, Inc

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