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DCUL 1940A - Contemporary Sub-Saharan African Cinema

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

As some films may be subtitled in French only, ability to read and understand French.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to study, contextualize and understand contemporary sub-Saharan African cinema. Through the prism of questions of representation, we shall focus on this cinema's diversification, both aesthetic or geographic, and continuities since the late 1980s. Alternating the viewing and analysis of a corpus of six contemporary feature films, we shall study these works' cinematic form and content. Analysis will focus on the films' themes in this period (history/memory; women, exile, territoriality, diaspora, cultural hybridity), and their styles and genres (fiction, documentary, aesthetic diversification). We shall also consider divergences between African auteur cinema and more recent Nollywood-esque productions.

Teachers

THACKWAY, Melissa (Traductrice)

Course validation

A presentation in class on one of the films studied during the semester (40%) ; A written review of one of the associated course texts (10%) ; A final written essay on a film/filmmaker of the student's choice (40%) ; Class participation (10%).

Workload

Extracts/articles by: Manthia Diawara (Oral Literature and African Film), bell hooks (Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black), Deleuze and Guattari (Pour une littérature mineure), Gayatri Spivak (Can the Subaltern Speak?), Banyivanga Wainaina (How To Write About Africa). Films studied * : Wend Kuuni by Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso, 1982). Afrique je te plumerai by Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon, 1991). Mossane by Safi Faye (Senegal, 1996). Heremakono by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania, 2002) Teza by Halie Gerima (Ethiopia, 2008) Confusion Na Wa by Kenneth Gyang (Nigeria, 2013). * For reasons of availability, the films announced may be subject to changes

Required reading

Extracts/articles by: Manthia Diawara (Oral Literature and African Film), Gayatri Spivak (Can the Subaltern Speak?), Banyivanga Wainaina (How To Write About Africa), Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses), Onookome Okome (Nollywood and its Critics).

Additional required reading

  • Africa Shoots Back by Melissa Thackway