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Significantly, the film could not have been set in South Africa, since there the pass laws restricting the movement of blacks would have rendered its plot impossible. The commentary accompanying the opening travelogue is highly condescending, and the name of the black guerrilla villain, Sam Boca, has curious connotations, since the sambok is the leather whip regularly used by white South African police to disperse black demonstrations. 26 If the plot is read metaphorically, it shows that ‘the blacks are like children led astray by agitators coming from outside (the black liberation forces).
35. Ibid. 36. ), Screens of Life: Critical Film Writing from the Arab World (Quebec: World Heritage Press, 1998), p. 85. 37. Khémais Khayati, Cinémas arabes: Topographie d’une image éclatée (Paris and Montreal: L’Harmattan, 1996), p. 204. 38. , p. 202. 39. Shadi, ‘Genres’, p. 82. 40. Abbas Fadhil Ibrahim, ‘Trois mélos égyptiens observés à la loupe’, in Mouny Berrah, Victor Bachy, Mohand Ben Salama and Ferid Boughedir (eds), Cinémas du Maghreb (Paris: CinémAction 14, 1981), p. 123. 41. Khayati, Cinémas arabes, p.
64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 18 Troin, Maghreb-Moyen Orient, p. 218. Oliver, The African Experience, p. 304. Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, p. 30. Ibid. Oliver, The African Experience, p. 283. Ibid. Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger (eds), The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), p. 247. , p. 248. Achille Mbembe, cited in Richard Werbner and Terence Ranger (eds), Postcolonial Identities in Africa (London: Zed Books, 1996), p. 1. Ibid.
African Filmmaking by Roy Armes