The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa
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- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, a student should be able to:
- successfully analyse and interpret African films from an array of different African contexts
- discuss the institutional aspects of film in Africa (in terms of production, distribution, and exhibition)
- undertake independent research and complete it successfully
- show confidence in expressing his/her views both orally and in written form
- show an awareness and understanding of the process of making a film
This course is taught in term 1 over 11 weeks with four contact hours a week, two of which are spent in film screenings, the other two being lectures.
Method of assessment
This course is examined by one 5,000 word essay to be submitted in week 1, term 2 (70%). Students will be required to submit at least 5 weekly analyses of each film they view for class (approx. 500-1000 words), the best 5 of these analyses will each be worth 6% each of the final grade (30%).
- Bakari, Imruh and Mbye Cham, eds (1996). African Experiences of Cinema. London: BFI.
- Balseiro, Isabel and Ntongela Masilela, eds (2003). To Change Reels: Film and FilmCulture in South Africa. Detroit: Wayne State UP.
- Barlet, Olivier (2000). African Cinemas: Decolonizing the Gaze. London: Zed Books.
- Bickford-Smith, Vivian and Richard Mendelsohn (2007). Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen. Oxford: James Currey.
- Diawara, Manthia (1992). African Cinema. Indianapolis: Indiana UP.
- Givanni, June, ed. (2000). Symbolic Narratives/African Cinema: Audiences, Theory and the
Moving Image. London: BFI.
- Gugler, Josef (2003). African Film: Re-imagining a Continent. Oxford: James Currey.
- Harrow, Kenneth, ed. (1999). African Cinema: Post-Colonial and Feminist Readings.
Trenton/Asmara: Africa World Press.
- Haynes, Jonathan, ed. (2000). Nigerian Video Films. Athens: Ohio University Center for
- Iliffe, John (1995). Africans: History of a Continent. Cambridge: CUP.
- Pfaff, Françoise (2004). Focus on African Films. Bloomington: Indiana UP.
- Thackway, Melissa (2003). Africa Shoots Back: Alternative Perspectives in Sub-Saharan
- Francophone African Film. Oxford: James Currey.
- Ukadike, Nwachukwu Frank (2002). Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with
Filmmakers. Minneapolis and London: U of Minnesota P.
- Ukadike, Nwachukwu Frank (1994). Black African Cinema. London/Berkeley: U of
A coursepack will be made available to students with all required reading and weekly film screenings will be held so that all students have access to the required films.
Please note: Since October 2007, over 50 new films have been bought to make provision for the development of African film courses in general.