rior Colonisation of both the countries but also due to the fact that most of the cinema produced here is known to be dominated by economical, political, military and cultural factors. There are many articles and manifestoes that these films are based on. In short there is a lot of ‘History’ to cinema and is most of the time referred to as ‘imperfect cinema’. Let’s look at this quote by Frantz Fanon, a noted Third Cinema Film Maker and Theorist-:
"Colonialism is not satisfied merely with holding a people in its grip and emptying the natives braid of all form and content. By a kind of perverted logic, it turns the past of the oppressed people, and distorts, disfigures and destroys it."
The cinema in the 1950s represented the true spirit of Africans; it was at the same time that the West believed that Africa was a country with no history. Most of their histories were locked up in small museums in the Western World itself. Something of the same kind is going on today in countries like India, Iran and Iraq. The cinema that emerged in Africa was not just movies made out of passion but was culturally a strong factor to bring the entire history of Africa under one roof.in fact, Frantz Fanon’s work, On National Consciousness, includes the work a poem called ‘African Dawn’, that was later made into a film called ‘Camp D’Thiarove’, by Ousmane Sembe`ne. Then came ‘The Battle of Algiers’, which was made in 1965 which was a highly influential movie by an Italian Director, Gillo Pontecorvo, This was basically a movie about the Algerians who fought against the French in the attempt to break away from the Colonial Yolk in the 1950’s to 1962. African Movies were at the time influenced by both Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism since almost all art forms including Poetry, Paintings, Art Works and Songs were influenced by the indigenous culture. For once, art was influenced by the nationalistic spirit and it real function instead of mere western aesthetics.