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African Cinema

This guide or resources list is intended primarily for BU students. It helps to find or locate resources on African Cinema in BU Libraries collection as well as online resources accessible thru BU subscription.

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About This Guide

This guide attempts to provide list of resources to students or researchers studying or researching issues related to African cinema. 

In this guide you will find:

  • General/Reference works: a selection of print and electronic resources providing overview type of information about African Cinema or filmmakers.
  • .Books written on major topics related to African Cinema or about films from individual African countries or by filmmakers from Africa.
  • Resources for finding film reviews or critical interpretations in the form of journal articles.
  • Repositories and databases of African films
  • Citation formats and guides. 

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