Hollywood’s African Exploits

A successful African film director is taking Hollywood to task for the way it portrays his continent in the movies. Mahamat Saleh Haroun says he is tired of Hollywood studios coming to Africa simply to shoot nature scenes, lions, and actors “just dancing and laughing with big teeth.” Haround also singles out Star Wars director George Lucas for his use of some Saharan locales, and for misleading local film enthusiasts into thinking that they might have Hollywood careers if they did drudge work on the Star Wars films.