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New African Cinema

Valérie K. Orlando (author)

ISBN: 9780813579566

Publication Date: Apr 2017

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Examines the social, cultural, economic, and historical issues explored by African filmmakers from the early post-colonial years into the new millennium. Offering an overview of the development of postcolonial African cinema since the 1960s, Valerie K. Orlando highlights the variations in content and themes that reflect the socio-cultural and political environments of filmmakers and the cultures they depict.
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New African Cinema examines the pressing social, cultural, economic, and historical issues explored by African filmmakers from the early post-colonial years into the new millennium. Offering an overview of the development of postcolonial African cinema since the 1960s, Valérie K. Orlando highlights the variations in content and themes that reflect the socio-cultural and political environments of filmmakers and the cultures they depict in their films.  
 
Orlando illuminates the diverse themes evident in the works of filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembène's Ceddo (Senegal, 1977), Sarah Maldoror's Sambizanga (Angola, 1972), Assia Djebar's La Nouba des femmes de Mont Chenoua (The Circle of women of Mount Chenoua, Algeria, 1978), Zézé Gamboa's The Hero (Angola, 2004) and Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu (Mauritania, 2014), among others. Orlando also considers the influence of major African film schools and their traditions, as well as European and American influences on the marketing and distribution of African film. For those familiar with the polemics of African film, or new to them, Orlando offers a cogent analytical approach that is engaging.
Pages 160
Dimensions 178 x 114
Date Published 30 Apr 2017
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture
Subject/s History of art / art & design styles   Films, cinema   Media studies   Black & Asian studies   African history   Film guides & reviews   Film theory & criticism  
Valerie K. Orlando is a professor of French and Francophone literatures and cultures and head of the French and Italian department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of several books, including the forthcoming, The Algerian New Novel: The Poetics of a Modern Nation, 1950-1979.

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