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Title:Local specificities, global resonances: contesting representations of violence in African films
Author:Hove, MuchativugwaISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:23-34
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Guinea
Subjects:films
violence
images
prisoners
homosexuality
About persons:Ross Kemp (1964-)ISNI
Mohamed CamaraISNI
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2016.1141229
Abstract:This article is framed by Adichie's (2010, 2) warning of 'the dangers of the single story'. It investigates the local specificities and global resonances of the representation of violence projected in two African films. The documentary by Ross Kemp on gangs in Pollsmoor Prison in South Africa (2003) captures and generates distinct cinematic biographies that extend our perceptions of production, exhibition and distribution. In contrast, the fictional film, 'Dakan', by Guinean producer Mohamed Camara (2001), cinematises the enigma of homosexuality as taboo and an aberration, including the attendant socially constructed homophobia. Both films markedly underemphasise the political and pedagogical imperative of African film producers and audiences, and in this they contest 'established' representations of violence that have characterised documentaries about Africa and 'Third Cinema' (Solanas and Getino 1996). More critically, the article questions the palpable occlusion of systemic violence that characterises the multiple and complex views of Africa in these two films, to unpack the novel documentation and reformulation of violence, as disseminated by Kemp and Camara. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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