Focus on African Films

Focus on African Films

Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/13/2004
Format: Paperback 30 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21668-7
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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 Dôlé. Up-to-date and richly informative, Focus on African Films will be essential reading for students and scholars of African film.

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

Author Bio

Françoise 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 Caribbean.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Françoise Pfaff
Part I: Reexamining "Official History"
1. "Come Back South Africa: Cinematic Representations of Apartheid over Three Eras of Resistance" by Robert Cancel
2. "Ousmane Sembene and History on the Screen: A Look Back to the Future" by Samba Gadjigo
3. "Film and History in Africa: A Critical Survey of Current Trends and Tendencies" by Mbye Cham
4. "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 Spaces
5. "African Cities as Cinematic Texts" by Françoise Pfaff
6. "Images of France in Francophone African Films (1978-1998)" by Madeleine Cottenet-Hage
7. "The Failed Trickster" by Kenneth W. Harrow
8. "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 Ukadike
10. "Videoeconomy: The Case of Nigeria" by Françoise Balogun
Part IV: Inside/Outside: Expatriate Filmmakers
11. "Africa Through a Woman's Eyes: Safi Faye's Cinema" by Beti Ellerson
12. "Haile Gerima: From Africa to the Americas" by Françoise Pfaff
Part V: International Connections: Influences and Confluences
13. "The Russian Connection: Soviet Cinema and The Cinema of Francophone Africa" by Josephine Woll
14. "African and Latin American Cinemas: Contexts and Contacts" by Maria Roof
Part VI: Sources and Resources
15. "Where to View, Rent and Purchase African Feature Films: Africa, Europe, the U.S. and Canada" by Valerie Wheat