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REPLY N. 1 From: Neel Thakkar <email@example.com> Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:03 PM Subject: Re: Query: Films shown in African cinemas during WW II? ------------------ In response to Rachael Langford's question about films in WWII-era Africa, I would suggest a very good article by Charles Ambler, "Popular Films and Colonial Audiences: The Movies in Northern Rhodesia," *American Historical Review *Vol. 106, No. 1 (Feb. 2001): 81-105. It is probably the best treatment of cinema in Northern Rhodesia during this period, particularly for its nuanced descriptions of the various kinds of propaganda films shown to African audiences. Best, Neel Thakkar ----------- REPLY N. 2 From: Ralph Austen <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:26 PM Subject: Re: Reply: films shown in African cinemas during WW II? ------------------ On actual viewing in Zanzibar + Tanganyika, see Laura Fair, "Songs, Stories, Action!: Audience Preferences in Tanzania 1950s-1980," in Mahir Saul asnd Ralph A. Austen (eds.), *Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century *(2010). ----------------- REPLY N. 3 From: "Ambler, Charles" <email@example.com> Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:59 PM Subject: RE: Query: Films shown in African cinemas during WW II? Interesting research topic. There is not much out there that documents film going experience, especially for that period. Forthcoming works by James Burns, Laura Fair, and Gareth McFeely promise to expand our understanding of African film cultures very substantially. My own essay on mobile cinema in Kenya in Grieveson and Maccabe, Film and the End of Empire, does consider the impact of war films (although in a somewhat different way and more for rural audiences). Since you are interested in early African film makers, you are probably most interested however in French colonies, and there is much less work that has been done there. You should look at Cinema and Development in West Africa by Genova. And of course Larkin's Signal and Noise on Nigeria. I'd be happy to continue the conversation off line as well. Chuck Ambler, History, Univ. of Texas at El Paso. --