African Film: Re-imagining a Continent / Edition 1

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"Josef Gugler invites his readers to 're-imagine Africa' by examining fifteen key films made by African directors and contrasting them with two very successful films on Africa, one from Hollywood, the other from apartheid South Africa. The films serve to highlight African directors' altogether different perspectives and introduce the primary concerns and issues that they address, from the recovery of African history to the struggle for majority rule in South Africa, from the fight against colonialism to the betrayals of independence and the neglect of the peasantry, with the position of women a recurrent theme." The discussions of films are accompanied by reproductions of posters, photos of the directors during the shooting, and film frames illustrating key elements in the analysis. The book also discusses the novels of Andre Brink, Njabulo Ndebele, Ousmane Sembene and Jose Luandino Vieira, and a play of Wole Soyinka's translated to the screen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253216434
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

17 Films in 17 Sentences
Basic Indicators for African Countries
Political Map of Africa
Introduction: Africans Re-Image Africa 1
Historical Map of Africa 16
1 Recovering the African Past 17
Out of Africa, 1985 23
Yaaba, 1989 29
Keita! 1995 36
2 Fighting Colonialism 45
Sambizanga, 1972 51
Flame, 1996 57
3 The Struggle for Majority Rule in South Africa 65
The Gods Must Be Crazy, 1980 71
A Dry White Season, 1989 80
Mapantsula, 1988 91
Fools, 1997 97
4 Betrayals of Independence 107
Kongi's Harvest, 1970 113
Kala, 1974 126
Tableau Ferraille, 1997 139
The Blue Eyes of Yonta, 1992 147
5 The Exploited & Neglected Peasantry 157
Finzan, 1990 160
Kasarmu Ce, 1991 168
6 Between the African Mass Market & International Recognition 177
Kini and Adams, 1987 181
La Vie est belle, 1987 186
Epilogue: Re-Imagining Ourselves 193
Sources & Credits 194
Index 196
The Author 202
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