Negotiating identities: representations of childhood in Senegalese cinema
Abstract:This article offers a critique of reductive paradigms that pit the West against Africa by means of specific analysis of representations of childhood in early and contemporary Senegalese fiction films. Since children are by nature malleable and impressionable, and the notion of childhood itself unstable, children as characters and symbols provide a challenging and engaging way of dealing with issues of identity and a crisis of representation within an African screen media context. The article discusses to what extent audio-visual African representations of childhood allow African directors to reclaim autonomous yet hybrid identities on behalf of Africans, and argues that cinematic representations of childhood are key to building a more positive, multi-faceted vision of Africa, African cultures and African identities.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-04-01
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