Essay on Transformations Of African Filmmaking And Its Implications

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TRANSFORMATIONS OF AFRICAN FILMMAKING AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS IN RE/DEFINING AFRICAN CINEMA AS POST-NATIONALIST.

African cinema has evolved in multiple facets since postcolonialism milieu. Post-nationalist African cinema has transformed into a more complex network that simultaneously incorporates both global and national issues alike. Modern post-nationalist films aim to aim to repudiate a homogenized notion African Cinema while highlight the diversities in African cinema, unlike antithetical early nationalist variants which portrayed a generalized African identity. These post-nationalist film makers advocate the need for utilizing new film languages and ideals suitable to the contemporary cultural, social, political and economic situations of different African countries. Certain developments have been instrumental to this gradual cinematic evolution which has yielded a ‘post-nationalist’ African Cinema. This paper discusses these cinematic developments with respect to motive, film styles and modes of representation. Pioneer African filmmakers believed in the sole production of ‘militant’ films during the post-colonial milieu. They were more concerned with discovering and repossessing a lost African identity and/or reconstructing a tarnished one and as such aimed at ‘defining Africa against an integrated West’ (Tcheuyap pp…) Early filmmakers opted for films which were obviously antagonistic to the colonial system in order to provoke political reforms. Unfortunately, this…

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