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African film : new forms of aesthetics and politics /
Manthia Diawara.
edition
English ed.
imprint
Munich ; New York : Prestel, c2010.
description
319 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm. + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
3791343424, 9783791343426 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book, DVD
Holdings
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imprint
Munich ; New York : Prestel, c2010.
isbn
3791343424
9783791343426 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7322438
 
Includes filmography.
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Contemporary African filmmaking is the subject of this insightful and exciting look at every aspect of the art form on the African continent. Focusing on new trends in African cinema from the 1990s to today, this book explores new cinematic languages and modes of production, films departure from nationalism and social realism, and the Nollywood film industry, among other topics.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-11-01:
This engaging book is at once a diary-like narrative and a provocative critique of the state of African cinema. The reader accompanies Diawara (New York Univ.), a leading scholar of African culture and a filmmaker to the 2009 Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, then to a major 2008 program on contemporary African cinema in Berlin, Germany, and finally to a conference on Nollywood (Nigerian video industry) in Lagos, Nigeria. In Ouagadougou, Diawara reflects on several early films of Ousmane Sembene, the important role Sembene played in developing an African film language, and the ways in which younger African filmmakers have struggled to find their own styles and voices. He expands these ideas in the Berlin chapter, focusing on thematic and stylistic changes by such prominent filmmakers as Souleymane Cisse, Abderrahmane Sissako, and Jean-Pierre Bekolo. The book's narrative ends with a discussion of the enormously popular Nigerian industry (Nollywood) videos and the tensions between "art" and "popular" films. The book also includes the transcript of a panel discussion by several important African filmmakers, short biographies/filmographies of some 30 African filmmakers, and audio interviews on an accompanying DVD. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. C. Pike University of Minnesota
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Focusing on new trends in African cinema from the 1990s to today, this book explores new cinematic languages and modes of production, films┬┐ departure from nationalism and social realism, and the Nollywood film industry, among other topics. In this book Manthia Diawara, a renowned scholar on Black cinema, literature, and art brings readers up to date on the exciting changes taking place behind and in front of African cameras. Contributions by filmmakers, scholars, and producers as well as profiles of thirty important African directors and their films, provide valuable insight into recent developments. The volume comes with a DVD containing several interviews with filmmakers conducted by the author. Scholars, students, and anyone interested in cinematic and African cultural studies will find much to discover and celebrate in this authoritative, fascinating look at new trends in African filmmaking.
Main Description
Contemporary African filmmaking is the subject of this insightful and exciting look at every aspect of the art form on the African continent. Focusing on new trends in African cinema from the 1990s to today, this book explores new cinematic languages and modes of production, films departure from nationalism and social realism, and the Nollywood film industry, among other topics. In this book Manthia Diawara, a renowned scholar on Black cinema, literature, and art brings readers up to date on the exciting changes taking place behind and in front of African cameras. Contributions by filmmakers, scholars, and producers as well as profiles of thirty important African directors and their films, provide valuable insight into recent developments. The volume comes with a DVD containing several interviews with filmmakers conducted by the author. Scholars, students, and anyone interested in cinematic and African cultural studies will find much to discover and celebrate in this authoritative, fascinating look at new trends in African filmmaking.
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Focusing on new trends in African cinema from the 1990s to today, this book explores the film industry, new cinematic languages and modes of production and film's departure from nationalism and social realism.

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