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Representations: Film: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Early film making took place in anglophone Ghana and Nigeria and their current pre-eminence as producers of the new “video-movies” is assured, and although there are more films emerging from East and southern Africa, it is West African francophone filmmakers who dominate the African film industry. Key among these is Sembene Ousmane whose complex representations of sexuality and gender in film have influenced several generations of filmgoers and filmmakers.

Sembene Ousmane

In his first film, Borom …

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Harding, Frances, “Representations: Film: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0625e>
First published online: 2009

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