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DHUM 27A04 - The Birth of Sub-Saharan African Cinema: pioneers and early developments

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


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.


THACKWAY, Melissa (Enseignante/Chercheuse)


Films étudiés : - 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 (The Wretched of the Earth), 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 (Language et cinéma)…

Required reading

Africa Shoots Back by Melissa Thackway