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GS234: Subsaharan African Cultures through Film

These two blocks will focus on exploring and interpreting the African experience from the cinematic perspective. The courses will focus mainly on the visual representations of Africa and Africans. We will explore the contemporary dialectical interactions between the indigenous traditions on the one hand and colonialism, Arabo-Islamization, Westernization and Modernization on the other. Topics such as slave trade, roots and ancestry, diaspora, colonial dynamics, stereotypes, and Independence, will be approached through the viewing and discussion of important films by directors such as Ousmane Sembène, Moussa Touré, Jean-Marie Teno, and others.