Wednesday, March 14, 2007

From The Economist

African films
The Ouagadougou Oscars
Mar 1st 2007 | OUAGADOUGOU
From The Economist print edition
Africa's answer to Hollywood

AFRICA is suddenly big in Tinseltown. Forest Whittaker has just won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, in “The Last King of Scotland”. “Blood Diamond”, a film about the precious stones that fuelled a civil war in Sierra Leone, picked up several nominations. Meanwhile Africa's own film festival, Fespaco, got under way this week in Burkina Faso, in west Africa. Though Ouagadougou, the capital, is richer in dust than glitz, it put on a flamboyant opening ceremony that featured displays of horsemanship and mime. Hundreds of films made by Africans and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga Stallion, a golden statue of a prancing horse and the nearest thing Africa has to an Oscar.


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