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Title:In need of connection: reflections on youth and the translation of film in Tanzania
Author:Englert, BirgitISNI
Periodical:Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
Swahili language
popular culture
External link:http://stichproben.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_stichproben/Artikel/Nummer18/Nr18_Englert.pdf
Abstract:The translation of films from languages such as English, Hindi/Urdu or Chinese into Swahili is a phenomenon that has quickly grown into a successful business in Tanzania in recent years. The films are mainly products of the USA, India and China, but also of countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Nigeria. In Tanzania, the films are subjected to a series of transformations that help to increase the appeal of the films to their predominantly youthful Tanzanian audience. This essay focuses on these transformation processes and shows how films are shaped by the work of translators ('watafsiri'), but also by the people who work in the video parlours ('vibanda vya video'), the places where these films are usually consumed. The essay is based on field research in Masasi (Mtwara region) and Nachingwea (Lindi region) in February 2009 and in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro (Morogoro region) and Bagamoyo (Tanga region) in September 2009. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]