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Finding Books - Africa, South of the Sahara

For the purposes of this guide, the states South of the Sahara include the countries formed from the colonies of French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa: Benin (formerly Dahomey), Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon, and Congo; as well as the two West African states (former German colonies, then French protectorates) Togo and Cameroon.

Search with Subject Headings in the Library Catalogue

  1. Go to UTL LibrarySearch Advanced Search
  2. Enter any of the Subject Heading found below exactly as it appears in the Search Box 
  3. Choose Subject from the Search Filters drop-down menu on the left
  4. Press Enter or click on the Magnifying Glass icon

For additional information on subject headings in LibrarySearch, visit How can I use subject headings to improve my searching?


Subject Headings 

  • Africa Civilization 20th Century
  • Blacks Africa
  • Feminism and motion pictures Africa
  • Imperialism in motion pictures
  • Motion picture industry Africa
  • Motion picture industry Gabon (Zaire, etc.)
  • motion picture producers and directors Africa
  • Motion picture producers and directors Zaire (Gabon, etc.)
  • Motion pictures and literature Africa
  • Motion pictures Africa
  • Motion pictures Africa Sub Saharan
  • Motion pictures Belgium (France, etc.) Colonies History
  • Motion pictures Developing countries
  • Motion pictures Social aspects Africa, West
  • Postcolonialism Africa Sub Saharan
  • Video recordings industry Ghana (Nigeria, etc.)
  • Video recordings Social aspects Ghana (Nigeria, etc.)


Finding Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary databases

Film-specific databases

  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information), as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from the AFI Catlog. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • Film Index International (British Film Institute). Coverage: 1900 - current. The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals (1972+) Search by keyword, separating each word or phrase by AND
  • Film & Television Literature Index (1913-current)
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001).


Other Resources - Africa, South of the Sahara


Bibliographies are curated lists of resources on particular topics. You will need to look up the resources in UTL Catalogue, the Internet, or contact the Cinema Studies Librarian for help.