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Approaches to African cinema study

Mhando, M. (2000) Approaches to African cinema study. Senses of Cinema (Australian Cinema) (8).

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While the title of this paper suggests a homogenising approach towards African film, I do not intend here to subscribe to that position. That approach needlessly suggests a cultural homogeneity that is often false or at least so porous as to leave the fabric of its reflection unwieldy.

I believe it is time for us to delineate certain patterns in African cinema characteristic not of nation states or colonial linguistic groupings but of more culturally definitive tendencies. For example, the South African academic/critic Keyan Tomaselli argues for orality as one of those specific influences characterising narrative patterns in Southern African cinema.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
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