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The Africa Project Part 2 Congo Kinshasa - Ghana

by The Africa Film Project
The Africa Project Part 2 Congo Kinshasa - Ghana by The Africa Film Project
The Africa Project Part 1: Algeria- Congo Brazzaville The Africa Project Part 2: Congo Kinshasa – Ghana The Africa Project Part 3: Guinea Bissau – Mauritus The Africa Project Part 4: Morocco – Sao Tome and Princpe The Africa Project Part 5: Senegal – Sudan The Africa Project Part 6: Swaziland – Zimbabwe CONGO-KINSHASA Quick Overview The Democratic Republic of Congo was formely known as Zaire and before that as Belgian Congo. In most aspects of social life, Colonialism had a major impact on the cinematic development. Patrice Lumumba the national leader during the years of independence (1960) referred in his independence speech to this… Read more

The Africa Project Part 1: Algeria- Congo Brazzaville
The Africa Project Part 2: Congo Kinshasa – Ghana
The Africa Project Part 3: Guinea Bissau – Mauritus
The Africa Project Part 4: Morocco – Sao Tome and Princpe
The Africa Project Part 5: Senegal – Sudan
The Africa Project Part 6: Swaziland – Zimbabwe


CONGO-KINSHASA
Quick Overview
The Democratic Republic of Congo was formely known as Zaire and before that as Belgian Congo. In most aspects of social life, Colonialism had a major impact on the cinematic development. Patrice Lumumba the national leader during the years of independence (1960) referred in his independence speech to this impact by stating that the locals (blacks) were not allowed to view foreign films during the period of Belgian ruling at all. The official reason was that the locals could not distinguish between fact and fiction and therefore film could lead to mental problems. Factual the government was afraid for subversive behavior as a result of watching Western made movies. The Congo has a relatively small film industry but there remains great potential as there are some very talented new filmmakers such as Djo Tunda Wa Munga.


Identity Pieces

Selection of Films
- Life Is Rosy, Benoît Lamy, Mweze Ngangura, 1987, Le crapaud chez ses beaux-parents, Kibushi Ndjate Wooto,1992 Thomas Sankara, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 1991, Perle noire, Joseph Kumbela, 1994, Le roi, la vache et le bananier, Mweze Ngangura, 1994, Post Colonial Nostalgia, Thierry Michel, 1995, Macadam tribu, Zeka Laplaine, 1996, Le Damier, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 1996, Colis Postal, Joseph Kumbela, 1996, Le Clandestin, Zeka Laplaine, 1996, Pièces d’identités, Mweze Ngangura, 1998,Au bout du couloir, Leandre-Alain Baker, 1998, L’étranger venu d’Afrique, Joseph Kumbela, 1998, Taxcarte, Joseph Kumbela, 1998, Zaire, le Cycle du Serpent, Thierry Michel, 1998, Watt, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 1999, Mobutu, Roi du Zaire, Thierry Michel,1999, Lumumba, Raoul Peck, (France), 2000, Article 15 bis, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 2000, Auguy, Munga Tunda Djo, 2000, Au nom de mon père, Mweze Ngangura, 2001, (Paris: XY), Zeka Laplaine, 2001, The Garden, Zeka Laplaine, 2004, Governer’s New Clothes, Mweze Ngangura, 2004, A Bewitched Life, Monique Mbeka Phoba, 2005, Congo River, Beyond Darkness, Thierry Michel, (Belgium), 2005, Kinshasa Palace, Zeka Laplaine, 2006, Juju Factory, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 2006, Ketanga Business, Thierry Michel, 2008, Nous aussi avons marché sur la lune, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 2009, You didn’t see anything in Kinshasa, Mweze Ngangura, 2009, Katanga, the War For Copper, Thierry Michel, (Belgium), 2009, Benda Bilili!, Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye, 2010, Viva Riva!, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, 2010, State of Mind, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, 2010, Kinshasa Symphony, Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer, 2010, Congo in Four Acts, Dieudo Hamadi, Kiripi Katembo Siku, Patrick Ken Kalala, Divita Wa Lusala, 2010, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, 2012


Zeka Laplaine

Important Filmmakers
- Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
- Joseph Kumbela
- Zeka Laplaine
- Thierry Michel, (Belgium)
- Mweze Nganura
- Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Film Festivals
- Goma Film Festival

Links
- Kinshasa Symphony Website
- Mobutu King of Zaire A French documentary about Mobutu the dictator of Zaire now Congo Kinshasa.
- Viva Riva! Film Review

Books
- Le cinéma du Congo démocratique : Petitesse d’un géant, Gansa Ndombasi, L’Harmattan


Viva Riva

Films/Trailers/Clips
- Katanga Business, Thierry Michel, 2008


Mobutu, Roi Du Zaire, Thierry Michel, 1998

- Lumumba, Raoul Peck, trailer.
- Kinshasa Palace, Zeka Laplaine, Trailer
- Paris:XY, Zeka Laplaine, 2001, Trailer
- The Garden, Zeka Laplaine, Trailer
- Viva Riva!, Djo Tuna Wa Munga, Trailer
- Les Habits Neufs du Gouverneur, Mweze Dieudonne Nganura, Clip
- Kinshasa Symphony, Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer, Trailer


DJIBOUTI
Quick Overview
Djibouti has hardly any cinematic history. The only reference of a Djiboutan movie is “Le Grand Moussa” a 1984 feature by Ahmed Dini. Djibouti has been used for location purposes, like in Beau Travail (1998) by the French Claire Denis. This empoverished country has been in civil wars since independence with little hope for anything of a cinematic program in the future.


UNESCO health film shown in Djibouti

Selected Films
- Le Grand Moussa, Ahmed Dini, 1984, Dulqaad, Mustapha Elmi, 2004, Lettres de la mer Rouge, Eric Martin, (set in Djibouti), Djibouti Frustration, 2010, (European Health Film)


Lettres de la mer Rouge

Links
- History of Cinema In Djibouti

Films/Clips/Trailers

Dulqaad – Typical Djibouti video production


EGYPT
Quick Overview
Egyptian cinema is Egypt’s flourishing Egyptian Arabic-language film industry based in Cairo. Egypt has one of the largest and most distinguished industries on the African contienent. Auteurs such as Youssef Chahine and Henry Barakat led the way and inspired a cinema of the neo realist tradition. Egyptian cinema has produced all types of films ranging from big musicals to film noir, to comedy to historical epics. Stars include Omar Shariff, Hind Rostom, Faten Hamama and Souad Hosni. Since 1976, Cairo has held the annual Cairo International Film Festival, which has been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. There is also another festival held in Alexandria. Of the more than 4,000 short- and feature-length films made in Arabic-speaking countries since 1908, more than three-quarters were Egyptian. Today Egyptian cinema is a shadow of its former self and production has slowed in numbers and in in quality. Still there area number of highly regarded directors still working today such as Yousry Nasrallah, Mohamed Khan and Daoud Abdel Sayed. To add to this there are many new directors breaking through and with the recent political events Egyptian cinema may well see a revival in fortunes.


Cairo Station

Selection of Films
- The White Rose, Mohamed Karim, 1933, Chant of Hope, Ahmed Badrakhan, 1937, Salama Is Safe, Niazi Mustafa, 1938, Lasheen, Fritz Kramp, 1938, Lend Me Three Pounds, Togo Mizrahi, 1939, Osman and Ali, Togo Mizrahi, 1939, The Will, Kamal Selim, 1939, Dananir, Ahmed Badrakahn, 1940, Long Live the Ladies, Togo Mizrahi, 1944, Passion and Revenge, Youssef Wahby, 1944, Black Market, Kamel El-Telmissani, 1945, The Wonderful Artist, Youssef Wahby, 1945, Salamah, Togo Mizrahi, 1945, Antar wi Abla, Niazi Mustafa, 1945, Li’bit Al-Sit, Walieddin Sameh, 1946, Al-Na’ib Al-’Aam, Ahmed Kamel Morsi, 1946, The Flirtation of Girls, Anwar Wagdi, 1949, The Orphans, Hassan Al Imam, 1949, Father Amine, Youssef Chahine,1950, The Lawyer Madiha, Youssef Wahby, 1950, Son of the Nile, Youssef Chahine, 1951, Your Day Will Come, Salah Abouseif, 1951, Lady Afrita, Henri Barakat, 1951, Immortal Song, Henri Barakat, 1952, Foreman Hassan, Salah Abouseif, 1952, The House of Ghosts, Fatin Abdel Wahab, 1952, the Great Clown, Youssef Chahine, 1952, Charming Flowers, Gamal Madkoor, 1952, Raya wa Skina, Salah Abouseif, 1953, Conflict in the Valley, Youssef Chahine,1953, Mustafa Kamel, Ahmed Badrakhan, 1953, Miss Hanafi, Fateen Abdel-Wahhab, 1954, Ismail Yassin Meets Frankenstein, Essa Karama, 1954, The Monster, Salah Abouseif, 1954, Niharak Saïd, Fateen Abdel-Wahhab, 1955, Women of the Night, Hassan Al Imam, 1955, Days and Nights, Henri Barakat, 1955, A Glass and a Cigarette, Niazi Mustafa, 1955, Dearer Than My Eyes, Ezeldine Zulficar, 1955, Our Best Days, Helmy Halim, 1955, Fool’s Alley, Tewfik Saleh, 1955, Life Or Death, Kamal El Shiekh, 1955, Song Of Truth, Ibrahim Emara, 1955, Dalila, Mohammed Karim, 1956, How Can I Forget You, Ahmed Badrakhan, 1956, the Sound of the Horn, Mahmoud Zulfiqar, 1956, Lost Youth, Ahmed Diaaeddin, 1956, The Leech, Salah Abu Seif, 1956, Samara, Hassan El-Seifi, 1956, Al-Mufatish Al-’Aam, Helmi Rafla, 1956, Al-Garima wal-’Iqab, Ibrahim Imara, 1956, Appointment With Love, Henry Barakat, 1956, No Tomorrow, Salah Abu Seif, 1957, The Tough Salah Abouseif, 1957, The Empty Pillow, Salah Abouseif, 1957, Tamr Hina, Hussein Fawzi, 1957, Cairo Central Station, Youssef Chahine, 1957, A Woman on the Road, Ezzeddin Zulfiqar, 1958, I Am Free, Salah Abouseif, 1958, Djamila the Algerian, Youssef Chahine, 1958, Ismail Yassin As Tarzan, Niazi Mostafa, 1958, My Happiest Days, Ahmed Diaeddin, 1958, Hassan wa Naïma, Henri Barakat, 1959, Journey To the Moon, Hamada Abdel Wahab, 1959, The Nightingale’s Prayer, Henri Barakat, 1959, Ismail Yassin: Military Policeman, Fatin Abdel Wahab, 1959, Rendez Vous With A Stranger, Atef Salem, 1959, Struggle on the Nile, Atef Salem, 1959, Rigal fil-Asifa, Hossameddin Mustafa, 1959, The Secret of the Magic Hat, Niazi Mostafa, 1959, Between Heaven and Earth, Salah Abouseif, 1960, Because of My Love, Kamal El Shiekh, 1960, Bidaya wa Nihaya, Salah Abu Seif, 1960, In Your Hands, Youssef Chahine, 1960, The Unknown Woman, Mahmoud Zulfikar, 1960, Antar the Black Prince, Niazi Mostafa, 1961, The Agony of Love, Fatin Abdel Wahab, 1961, Fortune and Females, Hassan Al Imam, 1961, A Man in Our House, Henri Barakat, 1961, A Day of My Life, Atef Salem, 1961, Struggle of the Heroes,Tawfiq Saleh, 1962, The Sun Will Never Set, Salah Abouseif, 1962, Chased By the Dogs, Kamal El-Sheikh, 1962, My Thirteenth Wife, Fatin Abdel Wahab, 1962, Al-Nasser Saleheddin, Youssef Chahine, 1963, Umm Al-Arousa, Atef Salem, 1963, Al Madak Alley, Hassan Al Imam, 1963, Eternally Faithful, Ahmed Diaeddin, 1963, Last Night, Kamal El Sheikh, 1963, the Naked Truth, Atef Salem, 1963, Rabea el Adawaya, Niazi Mostafa, Egypt, 1963, Dawn of A New Day, Youssef Chahine, 1964, the Small Devil, Kamal El Sheikh, 1964, Soft Hands, Mahmoud Zulfikar, 1964, the Crafty One, Henri Barakat, 1964, The Road, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, 1964, The Flames, Abdel Rahman Sharif, 1964, Mother of the Bride, Atef Salem, 1964, Al-Haram, Henri Barakat, 1965, Al-Gabal, Khalil Shawqi, 1965, Cairo 1930, Salah Abouseif, 1966, Khan Al-Khalili, Atef Salem, 1966, Most Dangerous Man In the World, Niazi Mustafa, 1967, Mister Fish, Tewfik Salah, 1967, The Second Wife, Salah Abouseif, 1967, Those People of the Nile, Youssef Chahine, 1968, The Rebels, Tewfik Saleh, 1968, Very Funny World, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, 1968, The Postman, Hussein Kamal, 1968, Om Hashem’s Lamp, Kamal Attia, 1968, Diary of A Country Prosecutor, Tewfik Salah, 1968, Shey Min Kouf, Hussein Kamal, 1969, The Land, Youssef Chahine, 1970, The Eloquent Peasant, Shadi Abdel Salam, 1970, The Choice, Youssef Chahine, 1970, My Wife and Dog, Saïd Marzouq, 1971, Adrift On the Nile, Hussein Kamal, 1971, Dawn of Islam, Salah Abouseif, 1971, Take Care of Zouzou, Hassan Al Imam, 1972, Empire M, Hussein Kamal, 1972, Al-Sukariya, Hassan El-Imam, 1973, Leil wa Qudban, Ashraf Fahmi, 1973, Bathhouse of Malatily, Salah Abu Seif 1973, Kuwait Connection, Samir A Khouri, 1973, The Sparrow, Youssef Chahine, 1974, Abnaa Al-Samt, Mohamed Radi, 1974, The Grandchild, Atef Salem, 1974, The Night of Counting the Years, Shadi Abdel-Salam, 1975, Za’ir Al-Fagr, Mamdouh Shoukri, 1975, I Want A Solution, Saïd Marzouq, 1975, Whom Should We Shoot, Kamal El-Sheikh, 1975, Al-Karnak, Ali Badrakhan, 1975, Badiaa Masabny, Hassan Al Imam, 1975, Sinners, Saïd Marzouq, 1976, Return of the Prodigal Son, Youssef Chahine, 1976, Da’irat Al-Intiqam, Samir Seif, 1976, Mouths and Rabbits, Henry Barakat, 1977, Ota Ala Nar, Samir Seif, 1977, Al-Mahfaza Mi’aya, Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, 1978 Sunstroke, Mohamed Khan, 1978, Alexandria, Why?, Youssef Chahine, 1979, Shafika and Metwal, Aly Badrakhan, 1979, We Are the Bus People, Hussein Kamal, 1979, Ouyoun La Tanam, Raafat El-Mihi, 1981, A Dinner Date, Mohamed Khan, 1981, The Water Carrier Is Dead, Salah Abouseif, 1981, People On the Top, Aly Badrakhan, 1981, Open Eyes, Rafaat El Mihi, 1981, An Egyptian Story, Youssef Chahine, 1982, The Peacock, Kamal El Sheikh, 1982, Arzaq ya Duniya, Nader Galal, 1982, Al-’Ar, Ali Abdel-Khaleq, 1982, Sawwaq Al-Utoubis, Atef El-Tayyeb, 1983, the Street Player, Mohamed Khan, 1983, The Ghoul, Samir Seif, 1983, The Lawyer, Raafat El-Mihi, 1984, Hata la Yatir Al-Dukhan, Ahmed Yehia, 1984, Night Fatima Was Arrested, Henry Barakat, 1984, Missing Person, Mohamed Khan, 1984, Al-takhshiba, Atef El Tayeb, 1984, Love On the Pyramids Plateau, Atef El-Tayeb, 1984, Adieu Bonaparte, Youssef Chahine, 1985, The Piper, Atef El Tayeb, 1985, The Vagabonds, Daoud Abdel-Sayed, 1985, Collar and the Bracelet, Khairy Bishara, 1986, The Sixth Day, Youssef Chahine, 1986, The Hunger, Ali Badrakhan, 1986, the Innocent, Atef El-Tayyeb, 1986, The Beginning, Salah Abouseif, 1986, The Wife of An Important Man, Mohamed Khan, 1987, Four On An Official Mission, Ali Abdel Khalek, 1987, Tiger and the Female, Samir Seif, 1987, Ahlam Hind wa Camilia, Mohamed Khan, 1988, Yom Mur Yom Hilw, Khairy Bishara, 1988, Escape, Atef El-Tayeb, 1988, Al-Aragoz, Hani Lashin, 1989, Iskanderija, kaman oue kaman, Youssef Chahine, 1990, Be Silent and Listen, Sherif Arafa, 1991, War In the Land of Egypt, Salah Abouseif, 1991, Al-Kit Kat, Dawoud Abdel-Sayyed, 1991, Cairo As Told By Youssef Chahine, Youssef Chahine, 1991, The Shephard and the Women, Ali Badrakhan, 1991, Beggars and Proud Noblemen, Asmaa El-Bakry, 1991, Ice-Cream fi Gleam, Khairy Bishara, 1992, Mercedes, Yousry Nasrallah, 1993, Lieah Ya Banafsieg, Radwan El Kashef, 1993, Terrorism and the Kebab, Sherif Arafa, 1993, Thalatha ’Ala Al-Tariq, Mohamed Kamel El-Qalyoubi, 1993, Lace, Inas El-Deghidi, 1993,Amrica Shika Bika, Khairy Beshara, 1993, Ziyarat Al-Sayed Al-Ra’is, Munir Radi, 1994, the Emigrant, Youssef Chahine, 1994, the Terrorist, Nader Galal, 1994, Lahm Rikhis, Inas El-Deghidi, 1995, Ya Dunia ya Gharami, Magdi Ahmed Ali, 1995, Whims, Aly Badrakhan, 1996, A Girl Called Apple, Rafaat El Mihi, 1996, ’Afarit Al-Asphalt, Osama Fawzi, 1996, Destiny, Youssef Chahine, 1997, Four Women of Egypt, Taheni Rached, 1997, Al-Qubtan, Sayed Said, 1997, Concert In the Street of Happiness, Asmaa El-Bakry, 1998, Fallen Angel’s Paradise, Oussama Fawzi,1999, El Medina, Yousry Nasrallah, 1999, Date Wine, Radwan El-Kashef, 1999, Land of Fear, Dawoud Abdel-Sayyed, 2000, Oula Thanawi, Mohamed Abu Seif, 2000, Closed Doors, Atef Hatata, 2001, The Other, Youssef Chahine, 2001, A Girl’s Secret, Magdy Ahmed Aly, 2001, Diary of a Teenager, Inas El Degheidy, 2001, The Magician, Radwan El Kashef, 2001, A Citizen and A Detective and A Thief, Dawoud Abdel-Sayyed, 2001, Silence We Are Rolling, Youssef Chahine, 2001, Adam’s Autumn, Mohammad Kamel El-Kalyubi, 2002, Ellembi, Wael Ehsan, 2002, Sleepless Nights, Hani Khalifa, 2003, His Excellency the Minister, Samir Seif, 2003, Dail el Samakah, Samir Seif, 2003,Best of Times, Hala Khalil, 2004, Bahib Al-Sima, Osama Fawzi, 2004, Klephty, Mohamed Khan, 2004, Great Fool Of China, Sherif Arafa, 2004, Alexandrie… New York, Youssef Chahine, 2004, Bab El Shams, Yousry Nasrallah, 2004, The Prayer, Amr Salama, 2004, Ithaki, Ibrahim El-Batout, 2005, Looking For Freedom, Inas El Degheidy, 2005, Six Girls, Sherif El Bendary, 2005, Downtown Girls, Mohamed Khan, 2005, Kiss Me Not On the Eyes, Jocelyn Saab, 2005, The Yacoubian Building, Marwan Hamed, 2006, Cut and Paste, Hala Khalil, 2006, the Island, Sherif Arafa, 2006, These Girls, Taheni Rached, 2006 The Advertisement, Amr Salama, 2006, Rise and Shine, Sherif El Bendary, 2006, This Is Chaos, Youssef Chahine, 2007, The Maid, Heidi Saman, 2007, In the Heliopolis Flat, Mohamed Khan, 2007, Salad House, Nadia Kamel, 2007, Mahfrouza, Oh Night, Emanuelle Demoris, 2007, All My LIfe, Maher Sabry, 2008, At Day’s End, Sherif El Bendary, 2008, Fawzeya’s Secret Recipe, Magdy Ahmed Aly, 2008, Zay El Naharda, Amr Salama, 2008, the Aquarium, Yousry Nasrallah, 2008, Clean Hands, Dirty Soap, Karim Fanous, 2008, Domestic Tourism II, Maha Maamoun, 2008, Eye of the Sun Ibrahim El-Batout, 2008, Ibrahim Labyad, Marwan Hamed, 2009, Scheherazade Tell Me A Story, Yousry Nasrallah, 2009, Cairo Time, Ruba Nadda, 2009, Heliopolis, Ahmad Abdalla, 2009, True Colours, Oussama Fawzi, 2009, One-Zero, Kamla Abu Zekry, 2009, Al Mossafer, Ahmed Maher, 2009, Neighbours, Taheni Rached, 2009, Escaping Tel Aviv, Sherif Arafa, 2009, Nile Birds, Magdy Ahmed Aly, 2009, Messages From the Sea, Dawoud Abdel-Sayedd, 2010, Ahasees, Hany Girgis, 2010, Cairo 6,7,8, Mohamed Diab, 2010, Hawi, Ibrahim El-Batout, 2010, Cairo Exit, Hesham Issawi, 2010, Mount of Forgetfulness, Hala Elkoussy, 2010, The Living Skin, Fawzi Saleh, 2010, In/Out of the Room, Dino Hamza, 2010, Microphone, Ahmad Abdalla, 2010, 18 Days, Mariam Abou Ouf, Kamla Abu Zikri, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Ali, Ahmad Abdallah, Sherif El Bendary, Marwan Hamed, Khaled Marei, Yousry Nasrallah, Sherif Arafa, 2011, Tahrir 2011, Ayten Amin, Tamer Ezzat, Amr Salama, 2010, Art of Telling, Emanuelle Demoris, 2010, Asmaa, Amr Salama, 2011, Lust, Khalid Al-Haggar, 2011, Cafe Regular, Cairo, Ritesh Batra, 2011, In Search of a City, HallaElkousy, 2012, After the Battle, Yousry Nasrallah, 2012


Sherif El Bendary

Important Filmmakers
- Daoud Abdel Sayed
- Salah Abouseif
- Magdy Ahmed Aly
- Ahmad Abdulla
- Sherif Arafa
- Shadi Abdel-Salem
- Ahmed Badrakhan
- Aly Badrakhan
- Henry Barakat
- Khairy Beshara
- Youssef Chahine
- Ahmed Diaeddin
- Asmaa El Bakry
- Ibrahim El-Batout
- Ines El Degheidy
- Sherif El Bendary
- Radwan El-Kashef
- Rafaat El-Mihi
- Kamal El Sheikh
- Houssam El-Din Mustafa
- Oussama Fawzi
- Marwan Hamed
- Atef Hetata
- Hassan Al Imam
- Hussein Kamal
- Nadia Kamel
- Mohammed Karim
- Hala Khalil
- Mohamed Khan
- Said Marzouq
- Togo Mizrahi
- Niazi Mostafa
- Yousry Nasrallah
- Tahani Rachad
- Maher Sabry
- Amr Salama
- Samir Seif
- Tawfik Saleh
- Atef Salem
- Atef El-Tayyeb
- Anwar Wagdi
- Youssef Wahby
- Mahmoud Zulficar
- Ezzel Dine Zulficar
- Fatin Abdel Wahab


Saladin, Youssef Chahine, 1963

Film Festivals
- Cairo International Film Festival
- Alexandria Film Festival

Links
- Actors and Actresses of Egypt
- Egyptian Cinema Boosted By New Directors
- The Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema
- Youssef Chahine website
- Taboo-smashing film breaks Egypt records
- From Silent To Golden Age
- Profiles of Egyptian actors and directors
- Alex Cinema
- El Cinema
- The best 15 Egyptian films in 100 years

Books and Essays
- Importation of films for cinema and television in Egypt: A study (Communication and society), Gehan Rachty, UNESCO
- Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class, and Nation, Viola Shafik, The American University in Cairo Press.
- The Golden Years of Egyptian Cinema 1936-1967: Cinema Cairo, 1936-1967, Rafik El-Sabba, Mustafa Darwish, Yasser Alwan, Sherif Boraie, The American University in Cairo Press
- Mass Culture and Modernism In Egypt, Walter Ambrust


Cairo 1930

Films/Trailers/Clips
- Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine, 1958
- Adrift on the Nile, Hussein Kamal, 1971
- Cairo As Told By Youssef Chahine, Youssef Chahine, 1991
- Night of the Counting Years, Shadi Abdel-Salem, 1969
- Adrift on the Nile, Atef Salem, 1959
- Rise and Shine, Sherif El Bendary, 2006
- The Advertisement, Amr Salama, 2006
- Bab Al ShamsYousry Nasrallah, 2004, No Subs
- Saving Egyptian Film Classics, Sayed Badreya
- La Anam, Salah Abouseif, 1958, No Subs
- Nightingale’s Prayer, Henri Barakat, 1959, No subs


The Sun Will Never Set, Salah Abouseif, 1962

- Destiny, Youssef Chahine, trailer
- Yacoubian Building, Marwan Hamed, trailer
- Scheherazade Tell Me A Story, Yousry Nasrallah, trailer
- Messages From The Sea, Daoud Abdel Sayed, trailer
- Romance Over the Phone, Atef Salem, clip
- Cairo Time, Rubba Nadda, Trailer
- Ithaki, Ibrahim El Batout, Trailer
- Souad Hosni
- Microphone, Ahmad Abdalla, Trailer
- All My Life, Maher Sabry, Trailer


EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Quick Overview
The film industry in Equatorial Guinea is practically non-existent at the moment. The only filmmaker to have found any international success has been Juan Pablo Esono who recently produced the country’s first feature film Teresa. Poverty and dicatorship has crippled this small Spanish speaking country and cinema remains low on the list of importance. Three has been some foreign interest from filmmakers especially Spain resulting in a few interesting documentaries.


Not Naked

Selection of Films
- Memoria Negra, Xavier Montanya, 2006, Not Naked, Juan Pablo Ebang Esono, 2007, Subvaloradas, sin ser vistas. Voces literarias de Guinea Ecuatorial, Mischa G Hendel, 2009, Malabo Barrio X, Marc Tardiu, Oriol Rivero, 2009, Teresa, Juan Pablo Ebang Esono, 2010


Equatorial Guinean Film School

Important Filmmakers
- Juan Pablo Ebang Esono

Film Festivals
- FCAT, Equatorial Guinea

Links
- Review of Teresa
- Cinema In Equatorial Guinea


Subvaloradas, sin ser vistas. Voces literarias de Guinea

Films/Trailers/Clips
- Malabo Barrio X, Marc Tardiu, Oriol Rivero, Trailer


Subvaloradas, sin ser vistas. Voces literarias de Guinea Ecuatorial, Mischa G Hendel, Trailer


ERITREA
Quick Overview
Eritrea has been in war struggles all through it’s existence. Up until the present day border conflicts with mainly Ethiopia have marked the political and social structure for many decades. In Asmara several cinema’s were established during the interbellum, mainly showing Italian, American and Indian features. Despite these almost ancient buildings, suggesting a long cinematic involvement, hardly any cinematographic information is available about this period. There is established video production in Eritrea, but the quality is often extremely low and is modelled on the soap opera Nollywood style.


Heart of Fire

Selction of Films
- Revival, Makonnen Woldeab, 2000, Tears Along A Trail of Fears, Mohamed Asenai, Tesfaberham Mehari, Mohamed Abdallah Saleh, 2001, Minister, Temesghen Zehaie Abraha, 2002, Shigara, Ambessa Jir Berhe, 2005, Milenu, Isaias Tsegai, 2006, Heart of Fire, Luigi Falorni (European financed), 2008, Asmara, Madhu Eravankara, 2009


Ambessa Jir Behe

Important Filmmakers
- Ambessa Jir Behe
- Isaias Tsegai

Film Festivals
- Eritrean Film Festival

Links
- Eritrea at Luxor Film Festival
- A Conversation With Ambessa Jir Behe

Books/Essays
- A catalogue of documentary films and film footage on Ethiopia and Eritrea, Chris Prouty, The Institute of Ethiopian Studies


Milenu

Films/Trailers/Clips

Heart Of Fire, Luigi Falomi, 2008, Trailer

- Habesha Life, Ambessa Jir Behe
- Wet’Ri, Typical Eritrean video release, no subs


ETHIOPIA
Quick Overview
Ethiopia has only in recent years made some impression in the film festival circuit. Througout the country films are very popular despite the fact former president Mengistu tried to nationalize or the existing commerical cinema’s in to People’s Cinema with extreme censorship in place. Before his ruling (1974-1991) no information is available about the cinematic history. Haile Gerima remains a leading figure in Ethiopian cinema and directed the country’s first feature Harvest 3,000 Years. His influence has inspired many young filmmakers and Ethiopia has produced some exciting, films in recent times. Many Ethiopian disapora filmmakers have travelled back to their home country from countries such as United States and Germany.


Harvest 3,000 Years

Selection of Films
- Harvest 3,000 Years, Haile Gerima, 1976, Sidet, Salem Mekuria, 1990, Ye Wonz Maibel, Salem Mekuria, Gir-Gir, Yemane Demissie, 1997, Blood Is Not Fresh Water, Theo Eshetou, 1997, Adwa, Haile Gerima, 1999, Tears Along A Trail of Fears, Mohamed Asenai, Tesfaberham Mehari, Mohamed Abdallah Saleh, 2001, Father, Ermias Woldeamlak, 2001, Ehtiopia, the Emperor’s Birthday, John Watt Dollar, 2003, 11th Hour, Zelalem Woldermariam, 2005, Menged, Daniel Taye Workou, 2006, Teza, Haile Gerima, 2008, Guzo, Aida Ashenafi, 2008, The Athlete, Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, 2009, Deadweight, Yemane Demissie (USA), 2009, Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie, Yemane Demissie, 2009, Shooting With Mursi, Olisarali Olibui, Ben Young, 2009, Lezare, Zelalem Woldemariam, 2009, Drawn from Water, Nick Kalbach, 2010, The Hidden Smile, Ventura Durell, 2010, Where Is My Dog, Johannes Feleke, Miguel Llanso, 2010, The Seed, Joshua Alafia, 2010, Town of Runners, Jerry Rothwell, 2012


Salem Mekuria

Important Filmmakers
- Aida Ashenafi
- Haile Gerima
- Yemane Demissie
- Salem Mekuria
- Ermias Woldeamlak
- Zelalem Woldemariam
- Daniel Taye Workou

Film Festival
- Addis International Film Festival

Links
- Ethiopian Film Intiative
- Ethioipian Women In Cinema
- Haile Gerima, Wikipedia

Books/Essays
- Movie Piracy in Ethiopian Cinema: Communication Perspective, Behailu Shiferaw, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller


Deadweight

Films/Trailers/Clips
- Imperfect Journey, Haile Gerima
- Interview With Haile Gerima


Harvest 3,000 Years, Haile Gerima, 1976

- Shooting With Mursi, Olisarali Olibui, Ben Young, Trailer
- Guzo, Aida Ashenafi, Trailer
- Deadweight, Yemane Demissie, Trailer
- Daniel Taye Workou Interview
- Where Is My Dog?, Johannes Feleke, Miguel Llanso, Trailer


GABON
Quick Overview
Explorers, ethnologists and film-makers have for long travelled the length and breadth of the country, oblivious to the fact that Gabon has many hidden natural riches.Today Gabonese cinema showcases a small but extremely talented number of filmmakers. Imunga Ivanga, Pierre Marie Dong and Henri-Joseph Koumba Bididi, are leading filmmakers and have consistantly been producing high quality work for a number of years.


Les tam tams se sont tus

Selection of Films
- Où vas-tu, Koumba?, Simon Auge, Alain Ferrari, 1971, Identite, Pierre Marie Dong, Les tam tams se sont tus, Philippe Mory, 1972, Il était une fois Libreville, Simon Auge, 1972, O’Bali, Pierre Marie Dong, Ayouma, Pierre Marie Dong, 1978, Demain un jour nouveau, Pierre Marie Dong, 1979, Carte postale sur Port-Gentil, Charles-Steeves Mangama, 1979, Eqateur, Serge Gainsbourg, 1983, Le grand blanc de Lambaréné, Bassek Ba Kobhio, 1995, Le damier, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, 1996, Dôlè, Imunga Ivanga, 2000, Djogo, Henri-Joseph Koumba Bididi, 2002, l’Ombre de Liberty, Imunga Ivanga, 2006, Le divorce, Manouchka Kelly Labouba, 2008, Les Hommes de la Foret 21, Julien Samani, 20008, Les Nouvelle Ecritures de Soi, Alice Aterianus, 2010


Imunga Ivanga

Important Filmmakers
- Simon Auge
- Henri-Joseph Koumba Bididi
- Pierre Marie Dong
- Imunga Ivanga

Film Festivals
- Gabon Documentary Festival, Libreville

Links
- Revival of Gabonese Cinema
- Interview With Imunga Ivanga

Books/Essays
- Le cinéma au Gabon (Cinemédia. cinémas dAfrique noire), Victor Bachy, OCIC


Les Hommes de la Foret 21

Films/Trailers/clips
- Dole, Imunga Ivanga, Trailer


Djogo, Henri-Joseph Koumba Bididi, Trailer


GAMBIA
Quick Overview
The Gambia with its 1.300.000 empoverished inhabitants had no recorded cinematic history until the 2000’s. The only registered film production company seized to exist after the 1994 coupe. Radio as well as television are highly government controlled.


The Exhange: Six Faces of the Gambia

Selection of Films
- Arrou, Segun Oguntola, 2005, the Exhange: Six Faces of the Gambia, Matthew Welsh, 2009

Film Festivals
- WOW Gambia

Links
- Vinasha Productions
- History of Cinema in the Gambia


Arrou

Films/Trailers/Clips

the Exhange: Six Faces of the Gambia, Matthew Welsh, 2009

- Trailer for video production from Vinasha Productions


GHANA
Quick Overview
Ghana’s film industry dates as far back as 1948 when the Gold Coast Film Unit was set up in the Information Services Department. African Pictures Ltd. started operations about the same time. In 1971, the Ghana Film Industry Corporation was created as a corporate body but ceased to exist as far back as 1996 when it was divested and a greater percentage of its equity holding were sold to Malaysian interests. In the eighties Ghanain film was fairly high profile thanks to two filmmakers Kwah Ansah and King Ampaw. Ghana like Nigeria has a thriving video production industry. Many of the films are cheap and have poor production quality. Despite this some filmmakers such as Emmanuel Apea Jr are working hard to raise the bar.


Love Brewed In An African Pot

Selection of Films
- Mammy Water, Jean Rouch, 1953, Les Maitres Fous, Jean Rouch, 1955, Mr. Mensah Builds a House, Sean Graham, 1956, Love Brewed In the African Pot, Kwah Ansah, 1981, Drums and Voices: A View on Oral Literature in Ghana, Ernest Abbeyquaye, 1983, Kukurantumi, King Ampaw, 1983, Nana Akoto, King Ampaw, 1985, Testament, John Akomfrah, 1988, Heritage Africa, Kwah Ansah, 1989, Ama, Kwesi Owusu, 1991, Sankofa, Haile Gerima, 1993, Togbe, Rob Aitro, Sherman Lau, 2002, Omama: Royal Blood, Nana King, Beyonce: The President’s Daughter, Frank Rajah Arase, 2006, Mummy’s Daughter, Frank Rajah Arase, 2006, A Goat’s Tail, Julius Amedume, 2006, Run Baby Run, Emmanuel Apea Jr, 2007, No Time To Die, King Ampaw, 2006, Koofori In London, Paa Kofi Mannoh, 2006, Princess Tyra, Frank Rajah Arase, 2007,Passion of the Soul, Frank Rajah Arase, 2008, I Sing of A Well, Leila Djansi, 2009, Desperate Measures, Nana Wiafe Akenten II, 2009, A Sting In the Tale, Shirley Nana Akua Manso, 2009, the Nine Muses, John Akomfrah, 2010, Zoom, Zoom the Professor, Sam Afua Kessie, 2010, Elmina, Emmanuel Apea Jr, 2010, Witches of Gambaga, Yaba Badoe, 2010, Destiny of Lesser Animals, Deron Albright, Ghana, 2011


Frank Rajah Arase

Important Filmmakers
- John Akomfrah (British based)
- King Ampaw
- Kwaw Ansah
- Frank Rajah Arase
- Emmanuel Apea Jr
- Yaba Badoe

Film Festivals
- Ghana Film Festival

Links
- Nollywood and Gollywood: An Appreciation.
- Mobile Cinema: Ghanaian Politics In Transit

Books/Essays
- Men and Masculinities in Selected Ghanaian Video Films: The Construction of Men and Masculinities in Popular Ghanaian Video Films, Wisdom Agorde, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing


No Time To Die

Films/Trailers/Clips
- Mr Mensah Builds A House, Sean Graham, 1956
- Beyonce: the President’s Daughter, Gollywood film, Frank Rajah Arase


Sankofa, Haile Gerima, 1993

- The Professionals, Typical Gollywood video production, Trailer
- Heritage Africa, Kwaw Ansah, Trailer
- London Ghanian Film Festival Promo
- Run Baby Run, Emmanuel Apea Jr, Trailer
- Elmina, Emmanuel Apea Jr, Trailer
- A Goat’s Tail, Julius Amedume, Trailer
- Nine Muses, John Akomfrah, Trailer
- Zoom Zoom the Professor, Sam Afua Kessie, Trailer
- Destiny of Lesser Animals, Deron Albright, Trailer

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