Contemporary African Cities in Postmillenial African Films

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Dokumentart: Dissertation
Date: 2019-02-27
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Medienwissenschaft
Advisor: Wiegandt, Kai (PD Dr.)
Day of Oral Examination: 2018-11-01
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
Keywords: Film , Stadt , Afrika
Other Keywords: Nach 2000
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This study discusses postmillennial cinema narratives from six African cities: Cairo, Monrovia, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Luanda and Johannesburg. It argues that filmic representations of street life in these cities is an act of self-narration and that it indexes consciousness of Africa’s postmillennial urban citizenship. Within these films, the street is shown as a frontier as well as a shared space that enables the conversation of citizenship narratives in those respective cities. The research straddles two main disciplinary areas: urban social theory and film theory. Basing my arguments on the way Africa’s urban cinematic representations may be comprehended as a blend of both the cinematic form and urban citizenship discourse, I assert that such entanglement is most vivid in the images of the street which, I argue, perform three main roles: exposé, reportage and archival.

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