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Experimental cartographies in Tariq Teguia’s Inland

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This article argues that Tariq Teguia’s 2008 film Inland establishes a new frontier for North African cinema with the creation of a unique visual style that moves away from the thematic considerations of national cinema. Teguia’s work can be located within that of an emergent ‘cinema d’auteur’, which privileges an aesthetic exploration of the political and philosophical. Teguia’s film provides a visual and spatial form for a mapping of postcolonial Algerian space inspired by the journey of a clandestine migrant who, originally heading to Europe, reverses her path midway through the film in order to travel back to sub-Saharan Africa, thus marking a shift from an economy of extraction-oriented north to an analysis of spatial production turned towards the global south. This reversal of a dominant narrative of migration enables Teguia to generate an experimental cartography that theorizes an interior as a site of infinite space.
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Keywords: cartography; cinema d’auteur; journey; migration; postcolonial; space

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent Scholar

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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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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