Dictionary of African Filmmakers

Dictionary of African Filmmakers

Roy Armes
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/11/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00042-2
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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.

Author Bio

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).


“[A book] of tremendous importance and utility to scholars, researchers, students, and the public at large.”
 — Michael Martin, Black Film Center/Archives, Indiana University

“An invaluable project.”
 — Kevin Dwyer, American University in Cairo

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Mapping the Field—Feature Filmmaking in Africa
Part 1. African Feature Filmmakers by Name
Part 2. Feature Film Chronologies by Country
Part 3. Index of Film Titles