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Interview: “Liyana” Directors Aaron and Amanda Kopp on Crafting a Film That Empowers Swazi Orphans

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Half documentary and half fiction, "Liyana" offers a beautiful narrative from Swaziland—and pioneers a new model for films that grapple with trauma.

Interview with Burkinabe Projectionist Boureima Ouédraogo

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Boukary Sawadogo has been out interviewing key cinematic figures in Africa. Here's his interview with a Burkinabe projectionist.

A Closer Look at Ugandan Cinema

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Timothy Niwamanya details the history of Ugandan cinema's difficult birth and its flourishing present.

The African Film Heritage Project: Cinema’s Next Chapter

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Cinema Escapist talks to some of the people behind the biggest milestone in African cinema this decade.

Interview: UNESCO’s Ali Moussa Iye on the African Film Heritage Project

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UNESCO's Chief of the History and Memory for Dialogue discusses the organization's priorities in Africa and his personal relationship with the continent.

Exclusive Interview: Martin Scorsese on the African Film Heritage Project

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The legendary filmmaker talks exclusively to Cinema Escapist about his mission to restore and promote African films.

A Closer Look At Angolan Cinema

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Katy Stewart explores an African country whose an artistic approach to revolution is now in the throes a bold comeback.

Interviewing “Tickling Giants” Director Sara Taksler on Standing Up to Abuses of Power

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Director Sara Taksler talks about "Tickling Giants", her time filming in Egypt, and standing up to abuses of power with humor.

Review: “Medan vi Lever” Showcases Complex Identity Crises

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The struggle of finding your place in an increasingly globalized world is examined in this Gambian-Swedish dramedy.

An Introduction to “Father of African Cinema” Ousmane Sembène

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Timothy Niwamanya provides an introduction to Ousmane Sembène, the first true African filmmaker and a legend of Cinema.