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Stephen O'Riordan <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 13 Mar 1995 13:48:05 CST
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>>         I am teaching Close Analysis of Film this semester--a course
>> which is almost entirely predicated upon analyses of US films written by
>> European men (Bellour, Heath, Aumont, etc.).  I know, we also have the
>> wonderful work of Bergstrom on *The Birds* and Thompson's book *Breaking the
>> Glass Armor.*   I decided to diversify the curriculum by including  a
>> film such as Sembene's *La Noire de...* which I was able to find with
>> enormous difficulty.  I wanted to break that Euro-American tradition.
>>         Gloria Monti
>I have met this same problem when trying to make my study on African cinema.
>There are filmmakers like Sembene who are terribly suspicious when it's a
>question of selling the rights for videomaking. I spent six weeks in Senegal
>this summer in order to find material for my study and realized that in
>Paris and London it would be much more easier than in the countries the
>films are made. Some rare copies I succeeded to get are of so bad quality that
>I can hardly use them.
>In Paris there is La Mediatheque de Trois Mondes which is the best place
>to get videotapes of Third World films. For english speaking countries
>there is of course the problem of language, the subtitles are in french.
>By the way, does anyone know how to get a copy of "Hyenes" of Djibril
>Diop-Mambety? I am also eager to know in which countries it has
>been in commercial distribution or shown in the television? It is one
>of the most beautiful African films I have ever seen (and I have seen
>quite many, even if it might sound unbelievable) but it has never been shown
>for exemple here in Finland.
>Mari Maasilta
>Tampere, Finland
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California Newsreel distributes HYENAS.  Here is their number (415) 621-6196
Good luck\Stephen
Stephen O'Riordan
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