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Title:'You kiss in Westerns': cultural translation in Moustapha Alassane's 'Le retour d'un aventurier'
Author:Saint, LilyISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Volume:5
Issue:2
Pages:203-217
Language:English
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:films
African identity
culture contact
Link:https://doi.org/10.1386/jac.5.2.203_1
Abstract:'Le retour d'un aventurier' (The return of an adventurer), a 1966 short film by Nigerien director Moustapha Alassane, stands at the forefront of a long history of fascination with cowboys in African filmmaking. This article revisits 'Le retour' via recent theoretical considerations of cultural assimilation and translation, to argue that instances of cultural appropriation from non-African sources should not be dismissed under the rubric of cultural imperialism. Instead they should be thought of as functioning within specific local, national and global economies of cultural production. By focusing on the production of film in an African space rather than on its consumption, the author explores the agential nature of cultural appropriation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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