A comparison of the representation of Africa in film in Western cinema and African cinema

Myhill, Chris (2012) A comparison of the representation of Africa in film in Western cinema and African cinema. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation looks at films made in the West about Africa and its people and compares them to films made in Africa. It is divided into three chapters: Western cinema, mainstream African cinema and independent African cinema. The aim was to question the reliability and authenticity of each industry in order to discover similarities and differences between them. The dissertation uses a number of different theories and theorists to try and explain reasons behind some of the depictions and why the films show particular representations.
    A number of discoveries were made; most importantly the position of the audience is key when considering these films. The films are made for different audiences which dictate aesthetics and the narrative. Also an important similarity was discovered; all three cinema types show a want for change within Africa, but the differences lay in where each respective cinema type believed this change should come from.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 15:33
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14057

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