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online databases: African Film

  • African Media Program
    Michigan State’s database of African film and media includes a range of commercial and dramatic films as well as animation, educational, and other genres. Many records include film reviews and distribution information.
  • Africine
    The African Federation of Film Critics (FACC) website includes African film news and criticism, interviews with filmmakers, festival reports, and database of plot summaries, technical details, and distribution information for over 7800 films. In French, with some English translation.
  • Africultures
    An online journal of African art and culture with a searchable database of full-text articles about international (primarly African) films. In French, with some English translation.
  • The Library of African Cinema: California Newsreel
    California Newsreel distributes African films on DVD and VHS; some transcripts, articles, and viewing guides are also available on their website.
  • Les cinémas d'Afrique: l'encyclopédie du film africain
    The global French-language television network TV5MONDE's database of feature-length and short African films. Includes brief summaries and some distribution information. In French.
  • African Film Library
    Production information, clips, synopses and trailers from classic and contemporary African films.

Nigerian cinema

The following are all commecial sites that offer African (primarily Nigerian) DVDs for purchase, rental, or online viewing.

Discussion groups and news forums

  • H-AfrLitCine
    An African cinema and literature discussion list affiliated with Michigan State University; includes some reviews.

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