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African film library

With responsibility for the preservation and distribution of Africa’s heritage cinema, the Institut français holds one of the largest collections of African films from the 60s to today.
Created in 1961 by the Ministry of Cooperation, the African Film Library contributes to the promotion of African cinema throughout the world and makes available to professionals and programmers a catalogue of over 1,500 titles, over 700 of which are free of royalties and available for non-commercial distribution.
Since it was integrated into the Institut français, the African Film library has mainly been focused on international distribution, whilst also disseminating titles within France through non-profit networks.
The African Film Library contributes to the conservation of African heritage with a digitalization program, and conducts retrospectives (Sotigui Kouyate, Raoul Peck) and themed cycles ("The great figures of African film and the Caribbean"; "African Independence") destined for worldwide distribution.
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