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Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Art Films and the Nollywood Video Revolution
edited by Mahir Saul and Ralph A. Austen
Ohio University Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-8214-1930-4 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1931-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8214-4350-7
Library of Congress Classification PN1992.934.N6.V54 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430966909051

“A first-rate compendium of ongoing discussions about the nature, protocols, and impact of video-film production as a new media form in African cinema.” — H-Net

African cinema in the 1960s originated mainly from Francophone countries. It resembled the art cinema of contemporary Europe and relied on support from the French film industry and the French state. Beginning in1969 the biennial Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), held in Burkina Faso, became the major showcase for these films. But since the early 1990s, a new phenomenon has come to dominate the African cinema world: mass-marketed films shot on less expensive video cameras. These “Nollywood” films, so named because many originate in southern Nigeria, are a thriving industry dominating the world of African cinema.

Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-first Century is the first book to bring together a set of essays offering a unique comparison of these two main African cinema modes.

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