Africa Shoots Back: Alternative Perspectives in Sub-Saharan Francophone African Film

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Indiana University Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 230 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
a brief history of subSaharan Francophone African film
7
Critical Paradigms
16
The Problematic Legacy of Eurocentrism
17
Postmodernism or Postcoloniality?
21
Towards New Paradigms
27
Cultural Identity Representation Voice
30
Alternative Perspectives or Reassessing Identity through Film
37
African Women Film On screen Behind the Camera
147
Safi Faye Anne Laure Folly Fanta R Nacro
151
Womanist Films
164
Conclusion
179
Interviews with Directors
183
Anne Laure Folly II
191
Dani Kouyate III
193
Fanta Regina Nacro IV
196

Screen Griots Orature Film
49
The Stylistic and Structural Influences of Orature on Film
59
Memory History Other stories
93
The Colonial Confrontation Genre
94
Afrique je te plumerai Asientos Allah Tuition and Fadjal
97
Filming the Immigrant Experience Francophone African Cinema in Europe
120
Afrique sur Seine
121
The Myth of Europe illusions delusions integration or return?
124
Interracial relationships and immigrant communities
139
Mrissa Ouedraogo V
197
Abderrahmane Sissako VI
199
Gheick Oumar Sissoko VII
201
JeanMarie Teno VIII
204
Bibliography
210
Filmography
218
Index
224
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About the author (2003)

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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