African Film

African Film

Re-Imagining a Continent
Josef Gugler
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvado
Publication date: 01/08/2004
Format: Paperback 73 b&w photos, 2 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-21643-4
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In African Film: Re-imagining a Continent, Josef Gugler provides an introduction to African cinema through an analysis of 15 films made by African filmmakers. These directors set out to re-image Africa; their films offer Western viewers the opportunity to re-imagine the continent and its people. As a point of comparison, two additional films on Africa—one from Hollywood, the other from apartheid South Africa—serve to highlight African directors’ altogether different perspectives.

Gugler’s interpretation considers the financial and technical difficulties of African film production, the intended audiences in Africa and the West, the constraints on distribution, and the critical reception of the films.

Author Bio

Josef Gugler is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Contemporary African Studies at the University of Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


1. Recovering the African Past

2. Fighting Colonialism

3. The Struggle for Majority Rule in South Africa

4. Betrayals of Independence

5. The Exploited and Neglected Peasantry

6. Between the African Mass Market and International Recognition