Olivier Barlet was born in Paris in 1952. He has translated a number of books on Africa and of African authors, and is also the author of different books himself. He is a member of the Syndicat français de la critique de cinéma and has been a film correspondant for Africa international, Afrique-Asie and Continental. He was 1997-2004 chief editor of Africultures and writes now reviews and articles for Afriscope magazine and Africultures journal and website (africultures.com). He collaborated to the creation of the African Federation of film critics (africine.org). He is in charge of the Images plurielles collection on cinema for L'Harmattan Publishing House. His book entitled "Les Cinémas d'Afrique noire : le regard en question", which won the Prix Art et Essai 1997 from the Centre national de la Cinématographie, has been published in the collection and has been translated into English under the title "African Cinemas, Decolonizing the Gaze" (Zed Books, London, 2000), as well as into German and Italian. His last book, "Les Cinémas d'Afrique des années 2000 : perspectives critiques" (L'Harmattan, Paris, 2012) has been published in english (Contemporary African Cinema, Michigan State University Press, August 2016) and arabic.
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