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The Devil You Dance With: Film Culture in the New South Africa
by Audrey McCluskey
introduction by Audrey McCluskey
University of Illinois Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-252-07574-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09186-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03386-5
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.S6D48 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430968

South African film culture, like so much of its public life, has undergone a tremendous transformation during its first decade of democracy. Filmmakers, once in exile, banned, or severely restricted, have returned home; subjects once outlawed by the apparatchiks of apartheid are now fair game; and a new crop of insurgent filmmakers are coming to the fore.

This extraordinary volume presents twenty-five in-depth interviews with established and emerging South African filmmakers, collected and edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey. The interviews capture the filmmakers’ spirit, energy, and ambition as they attempt to give birth to a film culture that reflects the heart and aspirations of their diverse and emergent nation. The collection includes a biographical profile of each filmmaker, as well an introductory essay by McCluskey, pointing to the themes, as well as creative differences and similarities, among the filmmakers.

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