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African Cinema: Getting Started

Movies and Books Related to Africa

Selected References


Selected reference works and selected books

Shaka, Femi Okiremuete. Modernity and the African Cinema. Trenton, NJ. Africa World Press, 2004. 
Located in the 1000 level bookstacks, call number:  PN1993.5.A35 S45 2004

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Gugler, Joseph. African Film: re-imagining a continent. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003.
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 G77 2003

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Thackway, Melissa. Africa Shoots Back: alternative perspective in Sub-Saharan Francophone African Film, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003.
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 T48 2003

Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike. Questioning African Cinema: conversations with filmmakers
Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 U45 2002  2002.

Bakari, Imruh and Mbye Cham. African Experiences of Cinema. London: British Film Institute, 1996.
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 A36 1996.

Diawara, Manthia. African Cinema: Politics and Culture, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 D5 1992.

Reference works related to African Cinema (opens a library search results screen) 

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Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film  E-Book
Barry Keith Grant, ed. Detroit Mich. Schirmer Reference, 2007. 

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Leaman, Oliver. Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film. London, Routledge, 2001 
call number: REF PN1993.5.A65 C66 2001

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Frindethie, Martial K. Francophone African Cinema: history, culture politics and theory. Jefferson N.C., McFarland, 2009.
call number: PN1993.5 .A35 F75 2009

Martin, Michael, ed. Cinemas of the Black Diaspora: Diversity, Dependence and OppositionalityDetroit: Wayne State University Press, 1995.
call number: PN1995.9 .N4 .C58 1995

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Finding Books and Films at Booth

Use EIU's library catalog to find books we own in this building. Take advantage of the 85 other academic libraries you have access to by broadening your search to "All I-Share Libraries" Get your account to request books from other libraries. 

When searching for literature on cinema of a certian country terms like National cinema or  African cinema, paired with the country name, can help you identify relevant sources.
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Cinema and Film studies books have call numbers beginning with PN1993 through PN1999. These are all located on the 1000 level in the north building. African Film studies have the call numbers beginning with PN1993.5 .A35 

To find films created in and/or about African countries add the terms "motion picture" to your search.  you may also limit to a media type, like "movie" or DVD after you perform your search ion the catalog. DVDs are located on the 4th floor. Streaming video is accessed directly from the catalog record


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