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The filmmaker-narrator as a reflection of/on postcolonial African cinema: Henri Lopes’s Le lys et le flamboyant (1997) and Assia Djebar’s La femme sans sépulture (2002)

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This study examines the way that the postcolonial African filmmaker is represented in the fiction of two major African writers and cultural figures: the Algerian author, historian and filmmaker, Assia Djebar and the Congolese author, Henri Lopes. The partly autobiographical and partly imagined filmmaker of authors such as Djebar and Lopes, is a complex figure of cultural and ethnic ambivalence, selfquestioning, and tentative self-awareness that reflects a continuing dialogue of cultural meaning and reinvention. This dialogue fuels these authors’ witness to the importance of African cinema to the exploration of new forms of community.

Keywords: Africa; culture; filmmaker; identity; narrator; écriture de cinéma

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of British Columbia

Publication date: 2011-10-28

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