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Questioning African Cinema: Conversations With Filmmakers
by Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike
University of Minnesota Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-8166-4005-8 | Cloth: 978-0-8166-4004-1
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.A35U45 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43096

The most comprehensive account available of filmmaking in Africa today.

Diverse in their art, paradoxically more celebrated abroad than they are at home, African filmmakers eke out their visions against a backdrop of complex historical, social, economic, and political practices. The richness of their accomplishments emerges with compelling clarity in this book, in which African filmmakers speak candidly about their work.

Featuring interviews with key personalities from twelve nations, Questioning African Cinema provides the most extensive, comprehensive account ever given of the origins, practice, and implications of filmmaking in Africa. Speaking with pioneers Med Hondo, Souleymane Cissé, and Kwaw Ansah; renowned feature filmmakers Djibril Mambéty, Haile Gerima, and Safi Faye; and award-winning younger filmmakers Idrissa Ouedraogo, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, and Jean-Pierre Bekolo, N. Frank Ukadike identifies trends and individual practices even as he surveys the evolution of African cinema and addresses the politics and problems of seeing Africa through an African lens. Situating the unique achievement of each filmmaker within the geographic, historical, social, and political context of African cinema, he also explores questions about acting, distribution and exhibition, history, theory and criticism, video-based television production, and television's relationship to independent film.

N. Frank Ukadike is associate professor of film and of African and African diaspora studies at Tulane University.
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