SOAS University of London

School of Arts

Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2019/2020
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • a sound knowledge of the key texts in contemporary African film and video, and of how these audiovisual products circulate, both on the continent and globally (i.e. through both ‘elite’ and ‘informal’ channels, such as film festivals, television broadcast, art galleries, video halls) and how they are and may be received by spectators in a variety of contexts
  • a sound understanding of what curating/programming African film and video involves, and the ability to curate a programme of African film for a film festival
  • knowledge of the theories circulating in contemporary African Cultural Studies, African Screen Media Studies, Film Festival Studies and Reception Studies
  • critical and analytical abilities in relation to screen media, and particularly African screen media


A total of 20 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour seminar.  There will be a 2 hour film screening on this module per week.

Scope and syllabus

This module complements others such as Aspects of African Film and Video 1 and 2, which have a more historical, text-based focus, by putting the focus firmly on contemporary African film and video production but also – and especially – on context ahead of text.  Most importantly, it combines the teaching of both scholarly and practical skills, encouraging students to think of themselves not just as potential future academics but as potential future curators/programmers of film or art.

A full syllabus will be given to students at the beginning of the module.

Method of assessment

A 3,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (60%); a 20 minute film festival project presentation to be submitted on day 5, final week of term 2 (30%); a 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted before reading week.


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