African Filmmaking: North and South of the Sahara by Roy Armes

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The tone of the latter film – and its ideological message – is clear from a 1940s French review: Thus, as you see, French cinema during recent years has done its utmost to show the true face of Africa and the true face too of France in the African domain. 8 The overwhelming bulk of the colonial films were, however, set in North Africa. Even the Pierre Loti novel The Novel of a Colonial Soldier/Roman d’un spahi, which is set in Senegal, was filmed in 1935 by Michel Bernheim with the location changed to Southern Morocco.

33. , p. 6. 34. Cruise O’Brien, Symbolic Confrontations, p. 15. 35. Mongo Beti, cited in Richard Bjornson, The African Quest for Freedom and Identity: Cameroonian Writing and the National Experience (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994), p. 329. 36. Cf. Jacqueline Kaye and Abdelhamid Zoubir, The Ambiguous Compromise: Language, Literature and Identity in Algeria and Morocco (London and New York: Routledge, 1990). 37. Oliver, The African Experience, p. 305. 38. Jacques Maquet, Civilisations of Black Africa (New York: Oxford University Press, 1972), p.

39. Shadi, ‘Genres’, p. 82. 40. Abbas Fadhil Ibrahim, ‘Trois mélos égyptiens observés à la loupe’, in Mouny Berrah, Victor Bachy, Mohand Ben Salama and Ferid Boughedir (eds), Cinémas du Maghreb (Paris: CinémAction 14, 1981), p. 123. 41. Khayati, Cinémas arabes, p. 203 42. , p. 204. 43. ), Egypte: Cent ans de cinéma, p. 192. 44. Ibid. 45. , p. 193. 46. Khayati, Cinémas arabes, pp. 77–87. 47. Mouny Berrah, ‘Algerian Cinema and National Identity’, in Arasoughly, Screens of Life, p. 64. 48. The script of this rarely shown film has been published: René Vautier, Afrique 50 (Paris: Editions Paris Expérimental, 2001).

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