Emphasizing post-independent films released since the 1950s and the burgeoning commercial film production of the last decade, this volume provides unique and pluralistic perspectives on filmmaking throughout Africa. Up-to-date and richly informative, Focus on African Films will be essential reading for students and scholars.
In the past two years, seven books have been published on the topic of African filmmaking. Some are conversations with directors (Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike and Teshome H. Gabriel's Questioning African Cinema), while others are a theoretical approach to the postcolonial, mid-globalization experience of African filmmakers (Femi Okiremuete Shaka's Modernity and the African Cinema). In this collection, Pfaff (French & Francophone studies, Howard Univ.) attempts to provide a perspective on filmmaking from a range of African countries and regions, from South Africa to Ethiopia, with the purpose of discussing the films themselves rather than simply the history of filmmaking in Africa. Divided into four areas of concern-discussion of official history/truth, spaces and locations as portrayed in African films, filmic practices that are particular to Africa, and the influences of other countries, political systems, and histories in African film-the collection is aimed at an academic audience. While the 14 essays focus on the concerns of film studies, they provide readers with a fascinating view of the development of African societies in the postcolonial era. Recommended for academic libraries with African/cinema collections and large public libraries where there is an interest.-Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.