Africa Shoots Back

Africa Shoots Back

Alternative Perspectives in Sub-Saharan Francophone African Film
Melissa Thackway
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvado
Publication date: 01/08/2004
Format: Paperback 12 b&w photos, 2 bibliog.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21642-7
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Filmmakers in sub-Saharan francophone Africa have been using cinema since independence in the 1960s to challenge existing Western stereotypes of the continent.

In Africa Shoots Back, Melissa Thackway illustrates how directors working in a postcolonial context have produced these alternative depictions of African identity. She shows how memory and history have become central themes in African films and how local cultural forms have been integrated into the film medium. Interviews with eight African filmmakers enlarge Thackway’s account of the new cinematic codes and previously silenced voices given life in African film.

Author Bio

Melissa Thackway has a Ph.D. from the University of Bath and has published numerous articles on francophone West African film. Based in Paris, she works as a freelance researcher, translator, and documentary filmmaker.

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Table of Contents


Development and Evolution: A Brief History of Sub-Saharan Francophone African Film

Critical Paradigms

Cultural Identity, Representation and Voice

Screen Griots: Orature and Film

Memory, History: Other Stories

Filming the Immigrant Experience: Francophone African Film in Europe

On Screen and Behind the Camera: African Women and Film