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Title:Special issue: Everyday violence(s) and visualities in Africa
Editor:Mboti, Nyasha
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
City of publisher:Bristol
Geographic terms:Africa
Abstract:Discussions of violence in cinema and the 'cinema of violence' have tended to fixate on a limited definition of violence: violence as merely out there, the violence of others, with us as spectators, bystanders, interpreters and passers of judgement. This special issue emphasizes the fact that violence is, in fact, all around us, all over us, and is, indeed, us. The articles presented show how violence is often social, structural and historical, and perhaps much more 'everyday' and permanent in its effects. Key to the purpose of this special issue is the critical appreciation of our role and place in the 'everydayness' of violence. The issue focuses on the ways African films and films about Africa engage visually with the systemic, symbolic and graphic nature of violence. Contributions: The violence in the spectacle of excessive signification: 'Shooting Dogs' (1995) and the Rwandan genocide (Maurice Taonezvi Vambe and Khatija Bibi Khan); Child pornography and the law: 'Of Good Report' (2013). Reopening debates on secrecy, information and censorship (Keyan Tomaselli); Everything but 'ordinary': representations of Africa in film (Tanja Sakota-Kokot); TIA (This is Africa!): colonial violence in Edward Zwick's 'Blood Diamond' (2006) (Okaka Opio Dokotum); Filming violence in Kenya: from the everyday to the spectacular in Hillary Ng'weno's documentaries (Joseph Basil Okong'o; Solomon Waliaula); Violence as a symbolic tool of enunciation: film as an artistic response to Kenya's socio-eco-political realities (John Mugubi); HIV and AIDS: the violence of visuality and the visuality of violence (Urther Rwafa and Washington Mushore); Making room for women in the last chapter of the war story: Fanta Régina Nacro's 'La nuit de la vérité / The Night of Truth' (Janice Spleth). [ASC Leiden abstract]