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Africa- it may seem- is the mysterious untamed “dark continent” of strange superstitious customs, drum beats, great deserts, rivers and jungles, spectacular scenery, wild beasts, corrupt and primitive rulers, rich in minerals, big game and human cargo, and ripe for astonishing exploration and the enlightening benefits of Western civilisation
Here are some notable films set and made in Africa by outsiders. Some have Africa as an exotic backdrop for European/US drama, some print the legend and others question it.
Not on this site:
Jerry the Troublesome Tyke: a very “Jerry” Expedition
Thanks to Experimentofilm for lots of additions to the list.
For lack of a better list title, i’ve included Trinh T Minh-ha’s sensitive observational Reassemblage, and the Iranian Kiarostami’s film ABC Africa for the UN. And Boniface’s Holiday is a Russian animation.
p.s and talking of Russia, the list title refers to a Russian-accented meerkat in very popular TV ads in the UK. Thanks to Experimentofilm for the suggestions.
Pépé le Moko,
Statues also Die,
Moi un Noir,
A Nun’s Story,
La Pyramide Humaine,
The Battle of Algiers,
Coup de Torchon,
And Then There was Light,
The Sheltering Sky,
When we were Kings,
Apartheid did not Die,
The Salt of the Earth.
yet so often the interest in local African experience is only skin deep- the white experience to the fore..
“Europeans should know more about Africa.” (Cameroon director Jean-Marie Teno)Read less