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Neglected African cinema

By Mark Cousins   June 2003

This year is the 30th anniversary of the release of one of the most interesting movies of the 1970s. It was made in the same year as The Exorcist. It hit the screens within months of Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and Terrence Malick’s Badlands, each of which is cherished by cinephiles. It is better than any of these, yet it has almost never been shown in British cinemas and only specialists are likely to have heard of it.

It is not a difficult film. Like Bonnie and Clyde, it is a story about young people on the run. Nor…

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