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AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (L90)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L90 AFAS 3800Black Cinema I: Sub-Saharan African Cinemas and Black British Cinemas3.0 Units
Description:This course introduces students to contemporary black filmmaking practices in sub-Saharan Africa and Britain and to the central political and social issues that define Black cinema in these contexts. Broken up into three units, this class will focus specifically on Francophone African Cinema, Cinema in South Africa, and Black British Cinema. The African continent has a long history of filmmaking practices and scholars often credit South Africa with having one of the oldest filmmaking industries in the world. The first section of this class (Francophone African Cinema) will focus on filmmaking practices by Africans since the 1960s, when African countries started becoming independent from colonial powers. The second section (cinema in South Africa) will focus on representations of blackness and filmmaking practices in South Africa, with a focus on the post-1994 period. Lastly we will examine Black British Cinema and the social, political, and cultural issues that gave rise to a distinct filmmaking practice in Britain. This class will focus on both the form and the content of these films by examining the ways that black filmmakers project local, national, and regional issues onto global screens. We will discuss the different aesthetic forms and genres chosen by the filmmakers (i.e. social realism, avant-gardism, magical realism, melodrama, etc.) and also look at the types of social critiques the films engage in as they tackle topics such as gender politics, polygamy, migration, corruption, human rights, homosexuality, economic crisis, apartheid, and Westernization.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:Unpredictable / History


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