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Animation as socio-political commentary: an analysis of the animated films of Congolese director Jean Michel Kibushi

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This article broadly explores the relationship between non-indexical audio-visual formats and socio-political commentary by focusing on the animated films of Congolese film-maker Jean Michel Kibushi. It uses a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on biographical information, the history of animation in Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, animation and African film theory, writing on Congolese popular culture and collective memory, and personal interviews with Kibushi. The article argues that Kibushi's films both mobilize local cultural forms and offer socio-political critique.

Keywords: African animation; African film; Congolese popular painting; DRC; animated documentary; socio-political commentary

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jams.2.1.55/1

Affiliations: National Centre of Computer Animation, Bournemouth University.

Publication date: April 1, 2010

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