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DMED 1000 - The Birth of Sub-Saharan African Cinema : pioneers and early developments

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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

Course Description

The aim of this course is to trace and contextualize the birth and development of post-Independence sub-Saharan African cinema in the 1960s-70s. From both a historical and cinematic perspective, we shall examine the ways in which this key period shaped emerging filmmaking trends in Africa, foregrounding the questions of identity and representation. How did the early African directors represent their realities and societies in a continent hitherto uniquely cinematically represented through the prism of colonial propaganda films, ethnographic cinema and Tarzan-esque fictions? Alternating the viewing and analysis of a corpus of six emblematic 60s and 70s feature films, we shall study the socio-political and cultural contexts of this postcolonial cinema, its influences, themes and aesthetics.

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 (40%) - Class participation (10%)

Workload

- Afrique sur Seine by Paulin S Vieyra / Groupe africain du cinéma (1955) - Borom Sarret by Ousmane Sembène (Senegal, 1963) - Xala by Ousmane Sembène (Senegal, 1974) - Baara by Souleymane Cissé (Mali, 1977) - Kaddu Beykat (Lettre paysanne) by Safi Faye (Senegal, 1975) - Muna Moto by Jean-Pierre Dikongue Pipa (Cameroon, 1975) - Touki-Bouki by Djibril Diop Mambety (Senegal, 1973) Lectures : Extraits ou articles de : Frantz Fanon (Black Skin, White Mask), Edward Said (Orientalism), Stuart Hall (Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation),Terrance Range (The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa), Chimamanda Adichié (The Danger of A Single Story), bell hooks (Talking Back), Christian Metz (Langage et cinéma)…

Required reading

Africa Shoots Back by Melissa Thackway

Additional required reading

Extraits ou articles de : Frantz Fanon (Black Skin, White Mask), Edward Said (Orientalism), Stuart Hall (Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation), Homi K Bahbha, Terrance Range (The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa), Chimamanda Adichié (The Danger of A Single Story), Christian Metz (Langage et cinéma)