Black African Cinema

ISBN-10: 0520077482
ISBN-13: 9780520077485
Edition: 1994
Authors: N. Frank Ukadike
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Description: From the proselytizing lantern slides of early Christian missionaries to contemporary films that look at Africa through an African lens, N. Frank Ukadike explores the development of black African cinema. He examines the impact of culture and  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/29/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

From the proselytizing lantern slides of early Christian missionaries to contemporary films that look at Africa through an African lens, N. Frank Ukadike explores the development of black African cinema. He examines the impact of culture and history, and of technology and co-production, on filmmaking throughout Africa. Every aspect of African contact with and contribution to cinematic practices receives attention: British colonial cinema; the thematic and stylistic diversity of the pioneering "francophone" films; the effects of television on the motion picture industry; and patterns of television documentary filmmaking in "anglophone" regions. Ukadike gives special attention to the growth of independent production in Ghana and Nigeria, the unique Yoruba theater-film tradition, and the militant liberationist tendencies of "lusophone" filmmakers. He offers a lucid discussion of oral tradition as a creative matrix and the relationship between cinema and other forms of popular culture. And, by contrasting "new" African films with those based on the traditional paradigm, he explores the trends emerging from the eighties and nineties. Clearly written and accessible to specialist and general reader alike,Black African Cinema's analysis of key films and issues--the most comprehensive in English--is unique. The book's pan-Africanist vision heralds important new strategies for appraising a cinema that increasingly attracts the attention of film students and Africanists.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Africa and the Cinema
Information and Entertainment Media in Black Africa before the Arrival of Cinema
Some Early Contacts with the Cinema
Western Images of Africa: Genealogy of an Ideological Formulation
Banishing the Exotic: Toward a Positive Image?
Francophone Origins
General Trends and the Problems of Development: An Overview
The Indigenous African Film Production
Med Hondo and Ousmane Sembene: The Schism between Theory and Practice
Developments in Anglophone Film Production
Working for the Decolonization of the Picture
The Battle of the Frames: Film, Television, and Bureaucracy
The Formation of Independent Cinema in Ghana and Nigeria
Ghana: Contrasts in Ideology and Practice
Nigeria: Paradox of Mediocrity?
The Cultural Context of Black African Cinema
Post-1970 and the Introspective Phase
Oral Tradition and the Aesthetics of Black African Cinema
Film and the Politics of Liberation
New Developments In Black African Cinema
Contours of an Emerging Trend: Toward a New Cinema?
Narration, Transgression, and the Centrality of Culture
Toward the Tradition and the Centrality of the Paradigm
Conclusion: Whither African Cinema?
The Present Situation
The Question of Aesthetics
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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