African Cinema: Politics & Culture

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Indiana University Press, 1992 - Performing Arts - 192 pages

"Manthia Diawara is quite simply the best critic (in any language) currently writing on African cinema." --Robert Stam

"Diawara has produced a useful history, a cogent analysis, and, in his arguments on how African cinema should develop, an undoubtedly controversial book." --Studies in Popular Culture

"This is a good, solid and reliable history of filmmaking on the African continent, beginning with colonial production and moving on to independent filmmaking . . . an important and welcome reference source." --Classic Images

"Diawara's work is comprehensive, based on rigorous research and sound analyses . . . it aptly illustrates the intricate correlations between politics, economics and culture." --Black Film Review

"In a relatively new field of historical 'film theory', African Cinema: Politics and Culture will become indispensable." --The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Vol. 1-3, 1996

Drawing on political science, economics, history, and cultural studies, Diawara provides an insider's account of the development and current status of African cinema. He discusses such issues as film production and distribution, and film aesthetics from the colonial period to the present.

 

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Contents

Anglophone African Production
1
Zairian Production
12
Frances Contribution to the Development of Film
21
The Situation of National and International Film
51
Toward
88
Film Distribution and Exhibition in Francophone
104
The Present Situation of the Film Industry
116
FESPACO
128
African Cinema Today
140
In OteS
167
bibliography
178
index
185
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About the author (1992)

MANTHIA DIAWARA is Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania.

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