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  African cinema : politics & culture

Diawara, Manthia
Other(s) author(s) : Indiana University, [argitaratzaile]Language : EnglishBloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University, copyright 1992192 orrialde : zuri-beltzeko argazkiak ; 23 cm(Ikus) Testua: bitartekorik gabeSeries : Blacks in the diaspora (Indiana University)ISBN : 0-253-31704-5.Motion pictures -- Social aspects | Motion pictures -- Political aspects | Motion pictures -- History | Abstract
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Manthia Diawara provides an insider's account of the history and current status of African cinema. "African Cinema: Politics and Culture" is the first extended study in English of Sub-Saharan African cinema. Employing an interdisciplinary approach which draws on history, political science, economics, and cultural studies, Diawara discusses such issues as film production and distribution, and film aesthetics from the colonial period to the present. The book traces the growth of African cinema through the efforts of pioneer filmmakers such as Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, Oumarou Ganda, Jean-René Débrix, Jean Rouch, and Ousmane Sembène, the Pan-African Filmmakers' Organization (FEPACI), and the Ouagadougou Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO).
Diawara focuses on the production and distribution histories of key films such as Ousmane Sembène's "Black Girl" and "Mandabi" (1968) and Souleymane Cissé's "Fine" (1982). He also examines the role of missionary films in Africa, Débrix's ideas concerning "magic", the links between Yoruba theater and Nigerian cinema, and the parallels between Hindu mythologicals in India and the Yoruba-theater -inflected film in Nigeria. Diawara also looks at film and nationalism, film and popular culture, and the importance of FESPACO. "African Cinema: Politics and Culture" makes a major contribution to the expanding discussion of Eurocentrism, the canon, and multi-culturalism.

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