Sub-Saharan African Cinema in the Context of FESPACO: Close-ups on Francophone West Africa and Anglophone South Africa

Lizelle Bisschoff

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Abstract

In the context of the biennial FESPACO film festival in Ouagadougou, this
article gives overviews of the development of the film industries in francophone
West Africa and anglophone South Africa, and of emerging trends and new
directions. French support ensured that francophone countries were responsible
for 80% of films made in Africa until the mid-1990s. Attempts to classify
African film in terms of social realism, return to pre-colonial sources etc.
ignore the variety of inspiration and technique, already in the founding work
of Ousmane Sembene, and increasingly today. In South Africa, little radical
black filmmaking developed during apartheid, but in the last fifteen years, with
government support, there has been an explosion of activity. South African
films have won major awards at FESPACO and elsewhere, although they still
struggle to find an audience locally. The future may lie in a digital film industry
of the kind pioneered in Nigeria (“Nollywood”).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages14
JournalForum for Modern Language Studies
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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