FTH5610 Africa in Cinema

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: CINEMATOGRAPHY

Course Description:

Africa in Cinema looks at topics in film on the African continent through the works and theories of key African film scholars of last 25 years. The pervasive influence of film as a distributor of cultural imperialism, and how globalization impacts the way people and cultures see themselves in relation to the rest of the world, and who and what they value and idolize. These topics and others in relation to colonialism, post colonialismand neo-colonialism will be discussed, with examples in film about and from Africa.

How This Course Benefits Students:

As Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1964) predicted, technological advancement has project us into a global village, of instantaneous access to content and information across the world. This course helps students understand this claim, through the perspective of African scholars and theorists, whose work flourishes on the continent, but is almost invisible in the West. A contrast will be drawn between Africa in Western, media and cinema, from a Western point of view and Africa in film depicting how Africans see themselves and their environment.

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.