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Title:Film as a Weapon: The Cultural Question in African Liberation
Author:Ayu, Iyorchia D.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African identity
national liberation movements
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:The author argues that, in spite of claims to the contrary, whether explicit or implicit, a film is not a neutral cultural product. Irrespective of the primary motive of the producer - leisure, commerce, aesthetics, or sociopolitical struggles - in the final analysis all films serve as a material weapon in the hands of the class which controls, directs and processes film for mass communication. With this as a frame of reference, the author assesses the development of film with particular reference to the decolonization struggles in Africa. After a general introduction that emphasizes the influence of Hollywood on the production of films, the author examines how the struggle for identity has played an important role in the African film industry. He thinks, however, that 'returning to the source', in order to recover lost identities and cultures, is not enough. Filmmakers have to take the step of cultural resistance and liberation; their films must aim at mobilizing the large majority of the people. Only in this way can film culture contribute to a genuine national liberation in Africa. Notes, ref.