Cinema of Eritrea

The history of cinema in Eritrea dates back to the country's colonial rule under the Kingdom of Italy.[1][2] In connection with the growth of Italian cinema in the 1930s, so did the rise of cinema in Asmara, Eritrea.[1] In 1937, Asmara's Opera was converted into a dual-use theatre and cinema. By the following year, Asmara had a total of nine movie theatres.[1]

The Italian missionary film was first introduced in a 1922 work produced in the country by Capuchin monks collaborating with the colonial government.[3] Despite the country's independence, film screenings in Eritrea are mostly still confined to English and Italian language movies.[2]

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  1. Plastow, Jane (29 June 2016). "Teatro Asmara: understanding Eritrean drama through a study of the national theatre". Journal of African Cultural Studies. 29 (3): 311–330. doi:10.1080/13696815.2016.1201759. Retrieved 23 November 2019 via EBSCOHost.
  2. Indira, Mannar; Lakshmi, P. Vijaya (2012). "Global Television and Eritrean Society" (PDF). Indian Journal of Media Studies. Tirupati: Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam. 6 (1&2). ISSN 0972-9348. Retrieved 24 November 2019 via
  3. Piredda, Maria Francesca (2013). "Cinema and Popular Preaching: the Italian Missionary Film and Fiamme". In Bayman, Louis; Rigoletto, Sergio (eds.). Popular Italian Cinema (PDF). Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 214–215. ISBN 978-0-230-30016-3. Retrieved 24 November 2019.

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