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Reel Women: Episode 2: Sambizanga
Directed by French-Guadeloupian filmmaker Sarah Maldoror and first screened in 1972, Sambizanga is the first feature film ever to be made on the African continent by a female filmmaker. Sarah Marie Swanson looks at this canonical film that has now become accessible to audiences everywhere, almost forty years after it was made, and draws on reflections from Maldoror herself, as expressed during a Q&A at the Film Africa 2011 festival in London. This is the second episode in the series Reel Women, which looks at the portrayal of women in a variety of films set on the African continent.