Africa Film WebMeeting
Message from: Malkia Lydia (firstname.lastname@example.org)Tue, 5 Jan 1999 13:09:18 -0500 (EST)
About: Re: FW: African Political Films
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It's interesting that I received the attached message today--as I sit here
to put together a 5-week segment of a larger course on international
cinema. I am a grad student at the very early stages of studying Black
world cinema and yet I am the "expert" here at Temple and so I am
coordinating the section of this course about West African cinema. I was
planning to write the listserv to ask for suggestions myself. Because of
my limited time and resources, I am focusing on films that reflect
or tangle with particular political ideologies/realities, such as
panafricanism and postcolonialism. Since this mini-course may be a test
for getting long term support for Black film studies in my department, I
am especially eager to make this a successful experience for the
undergrads and grads participating. Any suggestions for titles,
approaches, and most importantly--accessible sources for prints/videos
would be greatly appreciated. I know about sources such as California
Newsreel, and would appreciate hearing about others, but i would also like
specific suggestions about particular titles/readings, since i
have limited time and money to pre-screen.
For those of you responding to Chris's message (below), please cc to me as
Malkia K. Lydia
> In putting together a syllabus for an African Politics and Society class I
> wanted to include several films from Africa that might help to underscore,
> visually, some of the nuances of African Politics. For example Tableau
> Feraille, from Senegal, underscores the high stakes for those who have
> power, particularly when they go against the status quo.
> I would be most appreciative if folks could me send their suggestions (send
> them to me personally at email@example.com
> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> ) on good films that portray an important
> political question in Africa. Films can be either documentary or fictional.
> If there is interest I would be happy to compile the responses I get and
> post them to the list for everyone's benefit.
> Chris Johnson
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