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Short Films review: After the Wax

Mhando, M. (2001) Short Films review: After the Wax. Senses of Cinema (Australian Cinema) (14).

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In After the Wax, Chaz Maviyane-Davies mythologises the poetic essence of nationalism. Through the powerful opening and closing image of a dead body, the filmmaker directs us to an examination of the various debates on nationhood. “Should the nation die in order to be re-born?” the filmmaker seems to be asking. After the Wax concentrates on the post-colonial divisions of the coloniser and the colonised while the death of the nation is presented as a metaphor for conditions of re-birth and re-incorporation of the nation. The film ends as it began – with an affirmation of complexity of understanding nationhood in African states.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
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