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Marja-Riitta Maasilta <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 10 Mar 1995 12:31:03 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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