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  • Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Art Films and the Nollywood Video Revolution
  • Mahir Saul
  • 2010
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  • Published by: Ohio University Press
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African cinema in the 1960s originated mainly from Francophone countries. It resembled the art cinema of contemporary Europe and relied on support from the French film industry and the French state. Beginning in1969 the biennial Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), held in Burkina Faso, became the major showcase for these films. But since the early 1990s, a new phenomenon has come to dominate the African cinema world: mass-marketed films shot on less expensive video cameras. These “Nollywood” films, so named because many originate in southern Nigeria, are a thriving industry dominating the world of African cinema.

Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-first Century is the first book to bring together a set of essays offering a unique comparison of these two main African cinema modes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I. The “Problem” of Nollywood
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. 1. What Is to Be Done?: Film Studies and Nigerian and Ghanaian Videos
  2. pp. 11-26
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  1. 2. Nollywood and Its Critics
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. 3. Ghanaian Popular Video Movies between State Film Policies and Nollywood: Discourses and Tensions
  2. pp. 42-62
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  1. 4. Islam, Hausa Culture, a4nd Censorshipin Northern Nigerian Video Film
  2. pp. 63-73
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  1. 5. Nollywood Goes East: The Localization of Nigerian Video Films in Tanzania
  2. pp. 74-91
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  1. Part II: Imported Films and Their African Audiences
  2. pp. 92-93
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  1. 6. Commentary and Orality in African Film Reception
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. 7. Songs, Stories, Action!: Audience Preferences in Tanzania, 1950s–1980s
  2. pp. 108-132
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  1. 8. Art, Politics, and Commerce in Francophone African Cinema
  2. pp. 133-159
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  1. 9. Outside the Machine?: Donor Values and the Case of Film in Tanzania
  2. pp. 160-177
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  1. 10. Emita
  2. pp. 178-193
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  1. 11. Curses, Nightmares, and Realities: Cautionary Pedagogy in FESPACO Films and Igbo Videos
  2. pp. 194-208
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  1. 12. The Return of the Mercedes: From Ousmane Sembene to Kenneth Nnebue
  2. pp. 209-233
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  1. 13. U.S. Distribution of African Film: California Newsreel’s Library of African Cinema: A Case Study
  2. pp. 234-230
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  1. Selected Bibliography of African Cinema
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index of Film Titles
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-248
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821443507
Related ISBN(s)
9780821419304
MARC Record
OCLC
794925014
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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