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Celebrated French-Mauritanian Filmmaker Med Hondo Has Passed Away

A founding father and trailblazer of African cinema died over the weekend in Paris at 82 years old.

Med Hondo, the award-winning French-Mauritanian actor and filmmaker known for his film Soleil O, passed away Saturday morning in Paris, IndieWire reports.

Born Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo in Mauritania in 1936, his work contributed to the discourse of the continent's representation on the big screen—delving into the discrimination African migrants have faced in France, the tension colonialism has left between Africa and Europe and more.

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​Here Are the '10 Best African Films of All Time,' According to Top International Critics

The list includes classic selections from Senegal, Chad, Mauritania, Ethiopia and Mali.

The 15th annual Tarifa-Tangiers African Film Festival (FCAT) wrapped this past weekend in Tarifa, Spain. The festival is dedicated to promoting and "subtitling the most relevant cinema productions" from the continent.

This year, the organization has added to its repertoire by commissioning a group of 10 well-respected critics and authorities on film to vote on, what they believe, are the best African films in the history of cinema. The organization calls the list "the first classification based on expert opinions of a cinematography which has gradually gained a foothold in Spain in recent years."

The film critics who created the list come from a number of backgrounds and countries and include journalists, directors, professors and more. You can see the full list of contributors below.

Their choices include selections from across the continent, with a notable number coming from Senegal and Mauritania. The titles include works from celebrated filmmakers Ousmane Sembéne, The Father of African Cinema; Med Hondo, Djibril Diop Mambéty and more.

These 10 films provide a crash-course on African cinema and are certainly worth diving into, if you haven't already.

Check out their choices below, beginning with Touki Bouki, the classic Senegalese film that's inspired everyone from bright-eyed filmmakers to Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

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Video: Mauritian Pop Experimentalist Mo Kolours' 'Promise'

Watch Mauritian experimental pop producer Mo Kolours ritualistic forest video for "Promise.

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