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Focus on African Films : Insight Guide Silk Road - Francoise Pfaff

Focus on African Films

Insight Guide Silk Road

By: Francoise Pfaff (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th July 2004
ISBN: 9780253216687
Number Of Pages: 344

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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 DAlA(c). Up-to-date and richly informative, Focus on African Films will be essential reading for students and scholars of African film.

Contributors are FranAoise Balogun, Brenda F. Berrian, Robert Cancel, Mbye Cham, Madeleine Cottenet-Hage, Beti Ellerson, Samba Gadjigo, Josef Gugler, Kenneth W. Harrow, FranAoise Pfaff, MarA-a Roof, N. Frank Ukadike, Valerie Wheat, and Josephine Woll.

Introductionp. 1
Reexamining "official history"
"Come back South Africa" : cinematic representations of apartheid over three eras of resistancep. 15
Ousmane Sembene and history on the screen : a look back to the futurep. 33
Film and history in Africa : a critical survey of current trends and tendenciesp. 48
Fiction, fact, and the critics' responsibility : Camp de Thiaroye, Yaaba, and The gods must be crazyp. 69
Deconstructing contextual spaces
African cities as cinematic textsp. 89
Images of France in Francophone African films (1978-1998)p. 107
The failed tricksterp. 124
Manu Dibango and Ceddo's transatlantic soundscapep. 143
Original and burgeoning cinematic practices
The other voices of documentary : Allah Tantou and Afrique, je te plumeraip. 159
Booming videoeconomy : the case of Nigeriap. 173
Inside/outside : expatriate filmmakers
Africa through a woman's eyes : Safi Faye's cinemap. 185
From Africa to the Americas : interviews with Haile Gerima (1976-2001)p. 203
International connections : influences and confluences
The Russian connection : Soviet cinema and the cinema of Francophone Africap. 223
African and Latin American cinemas : contexts and contactsp. 241
Sources and resources
Where to view, rent, and purchase African feature films : Africa, Europe, the United States, and Canadap. 273
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ISBN: 9780253216687
ISBN-10: 0253216680
Series: Insight Guide Silk Road
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 13th July 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.55  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.53

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