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Cinemas of the Black Diaspora: Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality

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Overview

This is a study of the cinematic traditions and film practices in the black Diaspora. With contributions by film scholars, film critics, and film-makers from Europe, North America and the Third World, this diverse collection provides a critical reading of film-making in the black Diaspora that challenges the assumptions of colonialist and ethnocentrist discourses about Third World, Hollywood and European cinemas. The book examines the impact on film-making of Western culture, capitalist production and distribution methods, and colonialism and the continuing neo-colonial status of the people and countries in which film-making is practiced. Organised in three parts, the study first explores cinema in the black Diaspora along cultural and political lines, analysing the works of a radical and aesthetically alternative cinema. The book proceeds to group black cinemas by geographical sites, including Africa, the Caribbean and South America, Europe, and North America, to provide global context for comparative and case study analyses. Finally, three important manifestoes document the political and economic concerns and counter-hegemonic institutional organising efforts of black and Third World film-makers from the 1970s to the early 1990s. "Cinemas of the Black Diaspora" should serve as a valuable basic reference and research tool for the study of world cinema. While celebrating the diversity, innovativeness, and fecundity of film-making in different regions of the world, this important collection also explicates the historical importance of film-making as a cultural form and political practice.
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Meet the Author

MIchael T. Martin is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. He is the co-editor of Studies of Development and Change in the Modern World and the director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, In the Absence of Peace. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Framing the "Black" in Black Diasporic Cinemas 1
Culture and National Identity 25
A No-Theory Theory Of Contemporary Black Cinema 40
Dialogic Modes of Representing Africas: Womanist Film 56
Towards a Critical Theory of Third World Films 70
The Artist as the Leader of the Revolution: The History of the Federation Panafricaine des Cineastes 95
A Cinema Fighting for Its Liberation 111
Sembene, A Griot of Modern Times 118
[South Africa] Independent Cinema 129
A Mirage in the Desert?: African Women Directors at FESPACO 145
Black African Cinema in the Eighties 153
Toward an African Cinema 167
Portuguese African Cinema: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, 1969 to 1993 181
New Developments in Black African Cinema 204
Shape and Shaping of Caribbean Cinema 241
On Adapting a West Indian Classic to the Cinema: The Implications of Success 266
Sergio Giral on Filmmaking in Cuba: An Interview 274
Samba, Candomble, Quilombo: Black Performance and Brazilian Cinema 281
Black Filmmaking in Britain's Workshop Section 305
The Films of Isaac Julien: Look Back and Talk Black 318
The Cinema of Exile 339
Producing African Cinema in Paris: An Interview with Andree Daventure 346
[Black Film as Genre] Definitions 357
Images of Blacks in Black Independent Films: A Brief Survey 365
Making Daughters of the Dust 376
William Greaves, Documentary Filmmaking, and the African-American Experience 389
Black American Cinema: The New Realism 405
The Paradox of Black Independent Cinema 431
Which Way the Black Film Movement? 442
The Future of Black Film: The Debate Continues 449
The Future of Black Film: The Debate Continues 455
Resolutions of the Third World Film-makers Meeting, Algiers, December 5-14, 1973 463
Seminar on "The Role of the African Film-Maker in Rousing an Awareness of Black Civilization," Ouagadougou, April 8-13, 1974 473
Niamey Manifesto of African Film Makers, March 1-4, 1982 498
FeCAViP Manifesto 1990 503
Select Bibliography 505
Contributors 509
Index 513
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