African Film and Literature: Adapting Violence to the Screen by Lindiwe Dovey

By Lindiwe Dovey

Analyzing a variety of South African and West African movies encouraged through African and non-African literature, Lindiwe Dovey identifies a particular pattern in modern African filmmaking-one within which filmmakers are utilizing the embodied audiovisual medium of movie to supply a critique of actual and mental violence. opposed to a close background of the medium's savage advent and exploitation via colonial powers in very various African contexts, Dovey examines the complicated ways that African filmmakers are maintaining, mediating, and critiquing their very own cultures whereas looking a united imaginative and prescient of the long run. greater than basically representing socio-cultural realities in Africa, those motion pictures interact with problems with colonialism and postcolonialism, "updating" either the background and the literature they adapt to deal with modern audiences in Africa and somewhere else. via this planned and radical re-historicization of texts and realities, Dovey argues that African filmmakers have constructed a style of filmmaking that's altogether distinctive from eu and American varieties of adaptation.

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