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Although African film production goes back to 1924 with the Tunisian production of “Ghézal”, The Girl From Carthage, it was only after independence that the African film began to take deeper roots. Although the state of film making varies from country to country, the same problems confront its development all over Africa. The economic context does not permit the African film maker to produce and distribute high budget films. As long as foreign financiers will not risk backing African film makers, they will be unable to engage in any major production. Film making in Africa remains a nascent industry and most of its films are short subjects. Despite several failures a few films do stand out. The development of the African film, however, is tied to the development of Africa in general. Whatever its problems and whatever obstacles it has to overcome, it is “on the road” and will someday achieve its promise.

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