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Politics and Aesthetics in Francophone African film: the case of Souleymane Ciss's Finy (1982)

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This article discusses the idea of the political in film in relation to sub-Saharan francophone African cinema in general, and more specifically in relation to Souleymane Ciss's film Finy (1982). It considers the multiple ways in which francophone African cinema can be understood as political because of its multifaceted interactions with French, global and indigenous economics and politics, as well as with the representations that rehearse these politics and economics. These interactions are examined both from the point of view of film as text (narrative interactions) and as commercial product (non-narrative interactions), while arguing that the two are closely connected. The article then looks in detail at Ciss's 1982 film Finy, exploring the ways in which its narrative and nonnarrative coordinates interact with French, global and indigenous political fields, before concluding by looking forwards to resonant connections with Yeelen (1987) and Waati (1995).

Keywords: Finy (1982); Souleymane ciss; Waati (1995); Yeelen (1987); cinema; francophone african; political cinema

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Cardiff University, Wales.

Publication date: 2006-09-12

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