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African film : re-imagining a continent

By: Publication details: Indiana University Press Bloomington, 2003Description: xiii, 202 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cmISBN:
  • 9780852555613
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 791.43626 GUG
Contents:
17 films in 17 sentences Preface Basic indicators for African countries Political map of Africa Introduction : Africans re-image Africa Historical map of Africa Recovering the African past Out of Africa (1985) : settler romance in nature paradise Yaaba (1989) : friendship in the village that time forgot Keïta! (1995) : transmitting the Sundjata to the next generation Fighting colonialism Sambizanga (1972) : the martyr, his family, and the movement Flame (1996) : a twofold struggle The struggle for majority rule in South Africa The gods must be crazy (1980) : the world according to apartheid The dry white season (1989) : a white awakening Mapantsula (1988) : Black resistance to white oppression Fools (1997) : ordinary people under apartheid Betrayals of independence Kongi's harvest (1970) : traditional splendor and modern oppression Xala (1974) : impotence sexual, cultural, economic, and political Tableau Ferraille (1997) : the rise and abrupt fall of an honest politician The blue eyes of Yonta (1992) : was the struggle in vain? The exploited & neglected peasantry Finzan (1990) : gender conflict and village solidarity Kasarmu ce (1991) : peasant Islam and urban corruption Between the African mass market & international recognition Kini and Adams (1997) : the vagaries of adult friendship La vie est belle (1987) : it's a wonderful life Epilogue : re-imagining ourselves
Summary: The directors and films studied here set out to re-image Africa - and offer Western viewers the opportunity to re-imagine the continent and its people. Two additional, very successful films on Africa, one from Hollywood, the otherfrom apartheid South Africa, serve to highlight African directors' altogether different perspectives. The interpretation considers the financial and technical difficulties of African film production, the intended audiences, the constraints on distribution, and critical reception. The films featured cover a wide range of topics, from new perspectives on Africa prior to the intrusion of the West, to the struggle against colonialism and white minority rule, to post-colonial issues of authoritarian rule, neo-colonialism, corruption, inequality and the condition of the peasantry, with the position of women a recurrent theme. The discussions are accompanied by reproductions of posters, of photos of the directors during the shooting, and film frames illustrating key elements in the analysis. Introductions to the thematic topics provide the historical, cultural, political, and economic context of the films.Four of the films are based on novels, two more on a play or an epic, and the transformation involved in bringing the written page, or the griot's recitation, to the screen receives special attention. Throughout, the discussion extends to other African films and literary works. North America: Indiana U Press
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17 films in 17 sentences
Preface
Basic indicators for African countries
Political map of Africa
Introduction : Africans re-image Africa
Historical map of Africa
Recovering the African past
Out of Africa (1985) : settler romance in nature paradise
Yaaba (1989) : friendship in the village that time forgot
Keïta! (1995) : transmitting the Sundjata to the next generation
Fighting colonialism
Sambizanga (1972) : the martyr, his family, and the movement
Flame (1996) : a twofold struggle
The struggle for majority rule in South Africa
The gods must be crazy (1980) : the world according to apartheid
The dry white season (1989) : a white awakening
Mapantsula (1988) : Black resistance to white oppression
Fools (1997) : ordinary people under apartheid
Betrayals of independence
Kongi's harvest (1970) : traditional splendor and modern oppression
Xala (1974) : impotence sexual, cultural, economic, and political
Tableau Ferraille (1997) : the rise and abrupt fall of an honest politician
The blue eyes of Yonta (1992) : was the struggle in vain?
The exploited & neglected peasantry
Finzan (1990) : gender conflict and village solidarity
Kasarmu ce (1991) : peasant Islam and urban corruption
Between the African mass market & international recognition
Kini and Adams (1997) : the vagaries of adult friendship
La vie est belle (1987) : it's a wonderful life
Epilogue : re-imagining ourselves

The directors and films studied here set out to re-image Africa - and offer Western viewers the opportunity to re-imagine the continent and its people. Two additional, very successful films on Africa, one from Hollywood, the otherfrom apartheid South Africa, serve to highlight African directors' altogether different perspectives. The interpretation considers the financial and technical difficulties of African film production, the intended audiences, the constraints on distribution, and critical reception. The films featured cover a wide range of topics, from new perspectives on Africa prior to the intrusion of the West, to the struggle against colonialism and white minority rule, to post-colonial issues of authoritarian rule, neo-colonialism, corruption, inequality and the condition of the peasantry, with the position of women a recurrent theme. The discussions are accompanied by reproductions of posters, of photos of the directors during the shooting, and film frames illustrating key elements in the analysis. Introductions to the thematic topics provide the historical, cultural, political, and economic context of the films.Four of the films are based on novels, two more on a play or an epic, and the transformation involved in bringing the written page, or the griot's recitation, to the screen receives special attention. Throughout, the discussion extends to other African films and literary works. North America: Indiana U Press

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