Keyword : African Cinema
Author Becky Korman compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of a Nigerian (Ezra) and American (Blood Diamond) film based on a similar subject: the consequences of civil war on the people of Sierra Leone as a result of conflict surrounding the diamond trade.
An interview with the director of Bamako, Abderrahmane Sissako.
Authour Jason Lindop offers a close analysis of director Sissako's symbolic treatment of the social and economic effects of globalization and Western intervention in Africa.
Ryan Spence’s essay concentrates on Sissako’s formal interplay between varying forms of interogative discourse (trial process, question/answer, song) and narration, and how the differing power structures of communication in Africa and the West need to be addressed before the true collective voice of Africa can be heard and, in turn, true economic and social progress.
An analysis of the film Thunderbolt, a representative of the hundreds of recent video works to be coming out of Nigeria in recent years (sometimes called Nollywood). Author Murphy places the film within the (hopefully) burgeoning desires and ambitions of this burgeoning commercial industry.
A personal account a 'field trip' to Burkina Faso led by Professors Peter Rist and Cilia Sawadogo.
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