Black African Cinema
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/1/1994
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|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?|
|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|