Towards a new African cinema criticism: From the truth to Déchets Humains
Abstract:This article traces the trajectory of progressive African film-making from its early iterations as liberationist to contemporary postcolonial cinema. The critical engagements with Fanon have morphed under the influence of Mbembe, Shohat, Stam, Willemen and others. Political approaches that remain closer to The Empire Strikes Back or Fanon, recently embraced by Armes, are examined in light of Raymond Williams’s exploration of art and commitment, and are contrasted with Stam’s work on hybridity. In the end, the category of Third Cinema, which guided the critical community since the 1960s, is now being supplanted by work that takes into account conditions of cultural production and social conflict, as films like those of Nollywood disrupt the older categories of a serious, engaged African cinema.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Michigan State University
Publication date: October 28, 2011
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