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Olivier Barlet is a member of the Syndicat français de la critique de cinema, a delegate for Africa at the Cannes Festival Critics Week, and a film correspondent for Africultures, Continental, and Afriscope. He is in charge of the Images plurielles collection on cinema for L’Harmattan Publishing House. His book entitled Les Cinémas d’Afrique noire: le regard en question, which won the Prix Art et Essai 1997 from the Centre national de la Cinématographie, has been translated into English under the title African Cinemas: Decolonizing the Gaze (Zed Books, London), as well as into German and Italian. From 1997 to 2004, Barlet was chief editor of Africultures, an African cultural journal that features a paper edition and a website ( He has also written numerous articles on African film for Africultures and in various journals and is a member of the African Federation of film critics ( through the French Afrimages association.

Jane Bryce was born and brought up in Tanzania and lived in Italy, the U.K., and Nigeria before moving to Barbados in 1992, where she is Professor of African Literature and Cinema at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. She was founder and codirector of the Barbados Festival of African and Caribbean Film (2002–2007), featuring prominent African and Caribbean filmmakers, and now curates the Africa World Documentary Film Festival at Cave Hill.

Martha Evans is a lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include the representation of history in media and film; the interplay between national, globalizing, and economic interests in South African media; and national identity, social cohesion, and the media. [End Page 188]

Ian Glenn is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. His current interests include political communication in the new South Africa, South African film adaptations, and nature media. He is working on English and French editions of the French traveller and naturalist Francois Le Vaillant.

Leslie Houin is a graduate assistant at the Black Film Center/Archive. She is completing a master’s degree in arts administration at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Mary K. Huelsbeck is the archivist at the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Michael T. Martin is director of the Black Film Center/Archive and professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His work on the Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solas appeared in Film Quarterly and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; the Burkinabe filmmaker, Gaston Kaboré, in Research in African Literatures; and the Mexican filmmaker, Francisco Athié, in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and Framework. His most recent essay on Gillo Pontecorvo and Haile Gerima’s films appears in Third Text along with interviews with filmmakers Julie Dash in Cinema Journal, Joseph Gai Ramaka in Research in African Literatures, and with Yoruba Richen in a forthcoming issue of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He also directed and coproduced the award-winning feature documentary on Nicaragua, In the Absence of Peace.

Thy Phu is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario, where she teaches courses in cultural studies. Her research focuses on the representation of race and gender in contemporary America, particularly the intersection of and productive tension between literary and visual cultures. Recent publications appear in Mosaic, The Journal of Asian American Studies, and Genre. [End Page 189]

Amy Turner is the Head of the G. W. Jones Film and Video Collection and the Librarian for Film, Theatre, and Communications at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

David C. Wall has a PhD in American Culture Studies. His research interests focus on African American film, nineteenth-and twentieth-century American art and culture, modernism, and television comedy. He has taught at universities in both the United States and United Kingdom and, until recently, was the director...


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