Problematizing a fundamentalist ideology: A close analysis of Atef Hetata's The Closed Doors and Phil Mullaly's The Martyrs of Uganda

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This paper discusses Atef Hetata's The Closed Doors and Phil Mullaly's The Martyrs of Uganda and the ways in which they problematize a fundamentalist vision. Through close reading and analysis of the language, cinematographic and mise en scne elements in these films, the paper examines the cineastes' portrayal of the dilemmas and dangers posed when extremist religious dogma conflicts with the socio-economic and political realities and contradictions in society. The paper raises questions about the course of action human beings choose in pursuit of extremist agendas today in a world where tolerance for diversity and multiculturalism has become part and parcel of a new global culture.

Keywords: Islamic fundamentalism; Uganda martyrs; globalisation; multiculturalism; terrorism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jac.1.2.173/1

Affiliations: Makerere University, Uganda.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film. 
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