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FESPACO@50 - Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Africa’s Most Important Film Festival and Cultural Event
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Abstract

This article is a contribution to the celebration the 50th anniversary of FESPACO. It is divided in two major parts. The first takes stock of some of the most important debates that have traversed the festival since its inception, offers a sense of the significance of the festival and its experience, briefly reviews the volumes on FESPACO and introduces the unique essays commissioned for this Special Issue. The second half examines three important issues related to the future of FESPACO and African cinema more generally: the centrality of histories and memories with an examination of the new Classics section of the festival, the extraversion and dependency of the political economies of African cinema, their impact on the forms, circulation and reception of African cinema, and their significance for FESPACO, and, finally the urgent need to address questions of sovereignty and territorial integrity on the continent as for the very existence, survival and blossoming of an African film and audiovisual industry, liable to continue and potentially complete the unfinished emancipatory project at the heart of the festival.

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