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Dictionary of African Filmmakers by Roy Armes

Dictionary of African Filmmakers


Dictionary of African Filmmakers by Roy Armes

Compiled by eminent Africanist film scholar Roy Armes, Dictionary of African Filmmakers is an inclusive, comprehensive treatment of films and filmmaking on the African continent. The dictionary covers African feature filmmaking from the first locally produced films to today's thriving film industry, listing 5,415 films made by 1,253 filmmakers in 37 countries. Part 1 includes information on filmmakers and provides date and place of birth, training or film experience, other creative activities, and a list of feature films produced. Part 2 presents a national chronology, filmography, and bibliography for each country producing feature films. Part 3 indexes film titles and provides translations into English or French where appropriate. This book is an essential reference tool for anyone who wants to know more about the vibrant and exciting world of African film.


This dictionary is concerned with fictional feature films . . . to capture the diverse offerings from a continent that stretches 4,500 across and 5,000 miles north to south, includes varying religions, varying races, and varying economic conditions. Vol. 23.7 2009 -- Randy L. Abbott * University of Evansville Libraries * As a quick guide to feature filmmaking in Africa, Armes is a welcome addition to the comprehensive film reference collections . . . .2009 Vol. 40 -- Anthony J. Adam * American Reference Books Annual * Roy Armes's Dictionary of African Filmmakers is an important resource for all those interested in African cinema. . . . What globalization now makes clear is the inadequacy of the notion of national culture in an age of transnational economies.Vol.50 2009 -- Kenneth W. Harrow * Michigan State University * . . . is an invaluable treasure trove of information. It turns what is an obstacle course for most critics into a walk of discovery-perhaps even of innovation. Here, African cinema is conceived broadly as a global activity free from the limitations of race, nationality and indigenous culture. . . . This is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, film historians, and film producers.Vol. 52.3 Dec. 2009 -- Sada Niang * University of Victoria *

About the Author

Roy Armes is Professor Emeritus of Film at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. He has published many works on film, including Arab and African Film Making (with Lizbeth Malkmus), Dictionary of North African Film Makers, Postcolonial Images (IUP, 2005), and African Filmmaking (IUP, 2006).

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Publication date

11th July 2008


Roy Armes

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Indiana University Press


416 pages


Films, cinema
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