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Title:The United States of Africa: Afrofuturistic pasts and Afropolitan futures
Author:Janis, MichaelISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic term:Africa
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Abstract:Extending the 1990s movement of Afrofuturism in new directions, recent African writers and filmmakers have made important satirical contributions to the idea of a future United States of Africa (USAF) to which westerners scramble to gain admittance. Launched by Ghanaian director John Akomfrah's classic film 'The last angel of history' (1995), Afrofuturism looks back to modernist roots, but looks forward to the ramifications of postcoloniality and postmodernity. At the All African Peoples' Congress, Kwame Nkrumah declares the century of Africa and proclaims a future USAF, a project still under consideration by the African Union (AU). A decade later, Guyanese writer Bertène Juminer publishes 'La Revanche du Bozambo' (1968)/ 'Bozambo's Revenge' (1976), which transfers the plight of Africans struggling against European colonialism to Europeans struggling against African colonialism. In the Juminerian tradition, Djiboutian writer Abdourahman Waberi's novel 'Aux États-Unis d'Afrique' (2006)/ 'In the United States of Africa' (2009) and Beninese director Sylvestre Amoussou's film 'Africa Paradis' (2006) criticize globalization and the North-South divide, and offer to postcolonial cosmopolitanism the speculative engagement with the sociology of African technology and with the future possibilities of what Achille Mbembé terms 'Afropolitanism'. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]