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Title:African film and video: pleasure, politics, performance
Editor:Dovey, LindiweISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
film history
Abstract:This special issue of 'Journal of African Cultural Studies' brings together African Cinema and African video scholarship, two areas which are currently quite discrete. It explores the themes of pleasure, politics and performance in African film and video, emphasizing the dialectical relationship between pleasure and politics. The introduction by Lindiwe Dovey is followed by seven articles. Birgit Meyer addresses the representation of 'tradition' and 'heritage' in Ghanaian video films, paying particular attention to tensions between State and Christian-Pentecostal views. Alexie Tcheuyap argues for a rethinking of the 'serious' paradigms through which African Cinema has been analysed by focusing on the presence of comedy in African films from the 1960s to the present day. The relationship between African film and music is explored in articles by Abdalla Uba Adamu (on Hindi music in Hausa popular culture), and by Lindiwe Dovey and Angela Impey (on early 'black' South African cinema, notably the film 'African Jim', 1949). Matthias Krings interrogates the history of the photo novel in Africa with particular reference to 'African Film', a magazine of almost pan-African circulation, published between 1968 and 1972 in South Africa. Gairoonisa Paleker discusses the emergence of a 'black film industry' in apartheid South Africa, which was inextricably linked to the introduction of a differential State subsidy for film production. Finally, Jonathan Haynes presents a literature review of Nigerian and Ghanaian videos. [ASC Leiden abstract]