Focus on African Films

Focus on African Films

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Emphasizing post-independent films released since the 1950s and the burgeoning commercial film production of the last decade, Focus on African Films provides unique and pluralistic perspectives on filmmaking throughout Africa. As a whole, the collection highlights the distinct thematic, stylistic, and socioeconomic circumstances of African filmmaking. Individual essays show how conditions in Africa have generated a broad range of views and techniques, from the stylistically innovative documentaries of Jean-Marie Teno and Abderrahmane Sissako and the "documentary fiction" of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun to the vibrant art films of Jean-Pierre Bekolo and the new films from South Africa. Contributors also outline the direction of increasingly popular, less didactic sub-Saharan filmmaking in films such as Daniel Kamwa's Pousse-Pousse, Ngangura Mweze's La vie est belle, and Imungu Ivanga's Dole. Up-to-date and richly informative, Focus on African Films will be essential reading for students and scholars of African film.Contributors are Francoise Balogun, Brenda F. Berrian, Robert Cancel, Mbye Cham, Madeleine Cottenet-Hage, Beti Ellerson, Samba Gadjigo, Josef Gugler, Kenneth W. Harrow, Francoise Pfaff, Maria Roof, N. Frank Ukadike, Valerie Wheat, and Josephine more

Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 168 x 236 x 22mm | 539.78g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253216680
  • 9780253216687
  • 1,462,770

About Francoise Pfaff

Francoise Pfaff is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Howard University, where she teaches courses on literature and film from France, West Africa, and the more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction by Francoise PfaffPart I: Reexamining "Official History"1. "Come Back South Africa: Cinematic Representations of Apartheid over Three Eras of Resistance" by Robert Cancel2. "Ousmane Sembene and History on the Screen: A Look Back to the Future" by Samba Gadjigo3. "Film and History in Africa: A Critical Survey of Current Trends and Tendencies" by Mbye Cham4. "Fiction, Fact, and the Responsibility of the Critic: Camp de Thiaroye, Yaaba, and The Gods Must Be Crazy" by Josef Gugler Part II: Deconstructing Contextual Spaces5. "African Cities as Cinematic Texts" by Francoise Pfaff6. "Images of France in Francophone African Films (1978-1998)" by Madeleine Cottenet-Hage7. "The Failed Trickster" by Kenneth W. Harrow8. "Manu Dibango and Ceddo's Transatlantic Film Scores" by Brenda Berrian Part III: Original and Burgeoning Cinematic Practices 9. "The Other Voices of Documentary: Allah Tantou, Afrique, Je te plumerai" by N. Frank Ukadike10. "Videoeconomy: The Case of Nigeria" by Francoise BalogunPart IV: Inside/Outside: Expatriate Filmmakers11. "Africa Through a Woman's Eyes: Safi Faye's Cinema" by Beti Ellerson 12. "Haile Gerima: From Africa to the Americas" by Francoise PfaffPart V: International Connections: Influences and Confluences13. "The Russian Connection: Soviet Cinema and The Cinema of Francophone Africa" by Josephine Woll14. "African and Latin American Cinemas: Contexts and Contacts" by Maria Roof Part VI: Sources and Resources15. "Where to View, Rent and Purchase African Feature Films: Africa, Europe, the U.S. and Canada" by Valerie WheatContributorsIndexshow more

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