“It is good for the future of cinema that Africa exists. Cinema was born in Africa, because the image itself was born in Africa. The instruments, yes, are European, but the creative necessity and rationale exist in our oral tradition… Africa is a land of images, not only because images of African masks revolutionized art throughout the world but as a result, simply and paradoxically, of oral tradition. Oral tradition is a tradition of images… Imagination creates the image and the image creates cinema, so we are in direct lineage as cinema's parents.”
— Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1998
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