142 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
African Film Studies: An Introduction is an accessible and authoritative textbook on African cinema as a field of study. The book provides a succinct and comprehensive study of the history, aesthetics, and theory of sub-Saharan African cinematic productions that is grounded in the field of film studies instead of textual interpretations from other disciplines.
Bringing African cinema out of the margins into the discipline of mainstream film studies and showcasing the diverse cinematic expressions of the continent, the book covers:
All chapters include case studies, suggestions for further reading, and screening lists to deepen the reader’s knowledge with no prior knowledge of African cinema required. Students, teachers, and general film enthusiasts would all benefit from this accessible and engaging book.
Introduction 1. What Is African Cinema? Case Study: Aristotle’s Plot (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 1996)
Part I: History of African Cinema. 2. History of the film medium in Africa: From colonial import and appropriation of the gaze to the quest for individuality Case study: Sanders of the River: Celebration of the British Empire(Zoltan Korda, 1935) 3. Parallel Movement: African Cinema and African American Cinema Case Study: Yeelen vs. Daughters of the Dust Souleymane Cissé , 1987) vs. Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991)
Part II: Aesthetics in African Cinema. 4. Cinematography: Space, Time, and Rhythm Case Study: Yaaba (Idrissa Ouédraogo, 1989) 5. The African Animated Film Case study: Prince Loseno (Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndajte Wooto, 2004) 6. Introductory Study of African Film Scores African Film Scores Case studyNon-diegetic music: Space and time dimensions of film music in Sembè ne Ousmane’s La Noire de… (Black Girl)
Part III: African Film Criticism 7. Critical Reading Lenses in the Study of African Cinema Case Study: Les Saignantes/The Bloodettes (Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 2005)