African film and literature : adapting violence to the screen /

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Author / Creator:Dovey, Lindiwe.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
Description:xviii, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:Film and culture
Subject:Motion pictures -- Africa.
Violence in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
Violence in motion pictures.
Africa -- In motion pictures.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780231147545 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231147546 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231147552 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0231147554 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780231519380 (ebook)
0231519389 (ebook)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-324) and index.
Includes filmography: p. [289]-298.
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In this important book, Dovey (Univ. of London, UK) examines how African filmmakers from two distant, and quite different, areas of Africa portray and critique contemporary violence on their continent. One area of focus is postapartheid South Africa, where cinema is still in its formative years and deeply dependent on Hollywood for production and distribution. The other is Francophone West Africa (mainly Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso), where cinema is well into its fourth decade, yet often still dependent on French funding and distribution. Exploring how colonial tradition influenced contemporary cinema, the author critiques examples of early films in South Africa (Die Voortrekkers, 1916), films of the colonial film units in 1940s, state-controlled films of the Nationalist Party after 1949, and the often-contradictory attitudes within Francophone West Africa toward censoring French films and outlawing the making of African films. Dovey provides lengthy, insightful analyses of several recent films from each area, including (from South Africa) adaptations of Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country and Athol Fugard's Tsotsi and (from West Africa) adaptations of Carmen (Karmen Gai) and the Old Testament book of Genesis (La Genese). Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. Pike University of Minnesota

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