Analyzing art house films from the African continent and the African diaspora, this book showcases a new generation of auteurs with African origins from political, aesthetic, and spectatorship perspectives.
• Focuses on art house cinema and discusses commercial African cinema
• Enlarges our understanding of African film to include thematic and aesthetic influence
• Highlights aesthetic and political aspects including racial identity, women’s issues, and diaspora
• Heavily illustrated with over 90 film stills
• Features selected stills integral to the filmic analysis in full color
• Moves beyond Western-oriented analytical paradigms
Anjali Prabhu is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Wellesley College, USA, where she also teaches in the Cinema and Media Studies Program. The author of Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects (2007), she has published widely in journals such as Cinema Journal, International Journal of French and Francophone Studies, Levinas Studies, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Diacitics, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literatures, Présence Francophone, and Comparative Literature Studies.
Chapter 1 Introduction; Contemporary Cinema of Africa and the Diaspora: Parameters and Contexts
PART I: SPACE
Chapter 2 Walking in the City: Education of the Spectator in Harrikrisna Anenden's La Cathédrale
Chapter 3 Framing the City: Africanizing Viewer and Viewed through Angle, Distance, Genre, and Movement
PART II: CHARACTER
Chapter 4 Models of African Femininity
Chapter 5 African Masculinity: “We Don’t Need Another Hero” / Relentless Return of the Allegory
Chapter 6 Revolutionary Personhood: Revolutionize the Spectator, or Stop, Thief!
PART III: NARRATIVE
Chapter 7 Documentary Film: Situating a Style
Chapter 8 African Narration: Narration of Africa
Chapter 9 Jean-Marie Teno: Creating an African Repertoire
Chapter 10 Conclusion: Inside/Outside or How to Make a Film About Africa Today