Newton Aduaka

Ezra; Rage

Nigerla

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

Aguirre, Wrath of God

1972

Werner Herzog

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Killer of Sheep

1977

Charles Burnett

Memories of Underdevelopment

1968

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Pawnbroker, The

1964

Sydney Lumet

Saraband

2003

Ingmar Bergman

Short Film About Killing, A

1987

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Spirit of the Beehive, The

1973

Víctor Erice

Underground

1995

Emir Kusturica

Yeelen

1987

Souleymane Cisse

Comments

Though I might agree with most films listed in the eventual outcome of this exercise, I have tried to stray slightly away from received wisdom.

I am not normally what one would call an orderly person, but I have tried to put the list in some sort of order – what sort, will be for you to suggest.

The reasons for my choices are firstly emotional, as the most profound encounters I have had with cinema have been in that arena. This should not in any way be viewed as reductive, but as gateways.

If I allowed myself one documentary it would be: Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies.

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