The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa
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- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, 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
Total of 10 weeks teaching with a 2 hours classroom contact seminar per week.
Method of assessment
A 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted before reading week in the term in which the module is taught (15%); a 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted day 5, week 10 in the term in which the module is taught (15%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, in following term (70%).
- 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 pack 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.