FTH3610 Africa in Cinema

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: FILM STUDIES

Course Description:

African Cinema expresses cultural identity. It is a search for a visual presence, a representative voice or idiom, a specific style and a way to overcome the limitations of the status quo. Most of the countries in post-colonial Africa are only recently gaining traction in film as an industry within the last 30 years, in terms of autonomous and independent film. Governments are recognizing the counterprogramming potential, the social, educational, development/investment and economic role that film can play. This course identifies a selection of films by key African filmmakers. But with specific focus on budding film industries in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Although we live in an era when a world of content is just a click away, it is still very difficult to access films outside of the Hollywood mainframe, especially those from other cultures. This course introduces students to important Africa films and key African directors from various locations across the African continent and the African Diaspora across the globe.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will be focused on revealing the most important efforts in film development on the African continent. It provides a barometer for contrast, not only in the methods of film production and distribution used in low budget industries, but the stories told and the exepreince lived which are revealed in film.