African Cinema

Negotiating Post-Colonial Identities

African Cinema

January 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Less than 60 years have passed since the first African nation gained its independence from colonial rule. Since then, conflicts between pre-colonial traditions and a rapidly progressing global culture have forced Africans to discover their new social, cultural and national identities.

In this course we will study how African films from 1967 and beyond, address the conflicting cultural identities of post-colonial Africans. Through a combination of film and African studies readings, paired with screenings of films from various African nations, students will explore the impact of colonialism on African culture, and respond critically to how these changes are reflected in cinematic representations of post-colonial African lives.