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A Companion to African Cinema

by Kenneth W. Harrow & Carmela Garritano (eds.) (2018 [2019])

- Motion pictures -- Africa -- History and criticism

An authoritative guide to African cinema with contributions from a team of experts on the topic A Companion to African Cinema offers an overview of critical approaches to African cinema. With contributions from an international panel of experts, the Companion approaches the topic through the lens of cultural studies, contemporary transformations in the world order, the rise of globalization, film production, distribution, and exhibition. This volume represents a new approach to African cinema criticism that once stressed the sociological and sociopolitical aspects of a film. The text explores a wide range of broad topics in cluding: cinematic economics, video movies, life in cinematic urban Africa, reframing human rights, as well as more targeted topics such as the linguistic domestication of Indian films in the Hausa language and the importance of female African filmmakers and their successes in overcoming limitations caused by gender in equality. The book also highlights a comparative perspective of African videoscapes of Southern Nigeria, Ethiopia, and COte d'Ivoire and explores the rise of Nairobi-based Female Filmmakers. This important resource: -Puts the focus on critical analyses that take in to account manifestations of the political changes brought by neocolonialism and the waning of the cold war -Explores -Examines the urgent questions raised by commercial video about globalization -Addresses issues such as funding, the acquisition of adequate production technologies and apparatuses, and the development of adequately trained actors Written for film students and scholars, A Companion to African Cinema offers a look at new critical approaches to African cinema

ToC:
Introduction: Critical Approaches to Africa's Cinema, From the Age of Liberation and Struggle to the Global, Popular, and Curatorial (1-20)
   / Kenneth W. Harrow Carmela Garritano
PART I: TIME/CRISIS/UNCERTAINTY
1. Cinematic Economies of the Hypercontemporary in Haroun and Sissako (21-43)
   / Justin Izzo
2. Approaching the Uncertain Turn in African Video‐Movies: Subalternity, Superfluity, and (Non‐)Cinematic Time (44-68)
   / Jacques de Villiers
3. Life in Cinematic Urban Africa: Inertia, Suspension, Flow (69-87)
   / Karen Bouwer
PART II: TRAUMA/VIOLENCE/PRECARITY IN AN AGE OF GLOBAL NEOLIBERALISM
4. At the Intersection of Trauma, Precarity, and African Cinema: A Reflection on Mahamat‐Saleh Haroun's Grigris (89-111)
   / MaryEllen Higgins
5. Reframing Human Rights: Hotel Rwanda (2004), A Screaming Man (2010), Global Conflict, and International Intervention (112-135)
   / Dayna Oscherwitz
6. “The Invisible Government of the Powerful”: Joseph Gaï Ramaka's Cinema of Power (136-154)
   / Akin Adesokan
PART III: SOUND/FORM/DUB
7. Transcultural Language Intimacies: The Linguistic Domestication of Indian Films in the Hausa Language (155-175)
   / Abdalla Uba Adamu
8. The (Aural) Life of Neo‐colonial Space (176-193)
   / Vlad Dima
9. “Outcast Orders” and the Imagining of a Queer African Cinema: A Fugitive, Afro‐Jazz Reading of Karmen Geï (194-215)
   / Lindsey Green‐Simms
PART IV: PLATFORMS/INFORMALITY/ARCHIVES
10. Streaming Quality, Streaming Cinema (217-243)
   / Moradewun Adejunmobi
11. Between the Informal Sector and Transnational Capitalism: Transformations of Nollywood (244-268)
   / Jonathan Haynes
12. Nollywood Chronicles: Migrant Archives, Media Archeology, and the Itineraries of Taste (269-289)
   / Noah Tsika
PART V: NATIONAL INDUSTRIES/MEDIA CITIES/TRANSNATIONAL FLOWS
13. African Videoscapes: Southern Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Côte d'Ivoire in Comparative Perspective (291-314)
   / Alessandro Jedlowski
14. Nairobi‐based Female Filmmakers: Screen Media Production between the Local and the Transnational (315-335)
   / Robin Steedman
PART VI: GENRE/POETICS/GENDER
15. Darker Vision: Global Cinema and Twenty‐first‐Century Moroccan Film Noir (337-357)
   / Suzanne Gauch
16. From Ethnography to Essay: Realism, Reflexivity, and African Documentary Film (358-378)
   / Rachel Gabara
17. New Algerian Cinema: Portrayals of Women in Films Post‐Les années noires (379-401)
   / Valérie K. Orlando
18. “Qu'elle aille explorer le possible!”: Or African Cinema according to Jean‐Pierre Bekolo (402-419)
   / P. Julie Papaioannou
PART VII: MOVEMENT/FLUIDITY AND AESTHETICS/MIGRATION
19. Relational Histories in African Cinema (421-443)
   / Sheila Petty
20. Crossing Lines: Frontiers, Circulations, and Identity in Contemporary African and Diaspora Film (444-463)
   / Melissa Thackway
PART VIII: THE END OF FILM CRITICISM?
21. Towards Alternative Histories and Herstories of African Filmmaking: From Bricolage to the “Curatorial Turn” in African Film Scholarship (465-485)
   / Lindiwe Dovey
Index (486-498).

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- Kenneth W. Harrow is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Michigan State University with specializations in African literature and cinema. He has taught in the Université de Yaounde, Cameroon and l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.
- Carmela Garritano is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Film Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research has been supported by Fulbright IIE and the West African Research Association.

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A Companion to African Cinema.
Ed. by Kenneth W. Harrow & Carmela Garritano [1968-].
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell 2018 [2019], xiv, 498 p.
(Wiley Blackwell Companions to National Cinemas.).
ISBN 9781119100317 (hb., EUR 199,00)
ISBN 9781119100577 (online)
ISBN 9781119100058
DOI: 10.1002/9781119100577
[Bibl. refs.]
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