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Africa Film Project

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Mortu Nega I had a farm in Africa
-Karen Out of Africa District 9 Baum, Seth 2009 Film Review: District 9. Journal of Evolution and Technology 20(2):

Blomkamp, Neill, Terri Tatchell, Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Sharlto Copley,
Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Louis Minnaar, William A. Young, and Clinton Shorter. District 9. Culver City, CA: Tri-Star Pictures, 2009.

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Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Nonfiction Works. Ed. David M. Galens, Jennifer Smith, and Elizabeth Thomason. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Sep. 2012. Works Cited The Gods Must be Crazy White Hunters Postmodernist framework South African Science Fiction Thriller
Mockumentary: fictional interviews, news footage, surveillance videos
1980’s Johannnesburg, South Africa
Tension between humans and aliens (prawns) Overview Power: institutionalized systems of social segregation
Multinational United (MNU)
Exploitation to gain power (weaponry)
MNU & Nigerian organized crime
Globalization: enormous scale of conflict
Ambiguous lens plays on international/inter-universal impacts
Racism & Xenophobia Themes African Identity 1990
Directed by Flora Gomes
First feature film of Guinea-Bissau
Produced by the state
Story of a Guinea-Bissau woman during and after the Guinea-Bissau war for independence from Portuguese Overview Struggle
War vs. Daily life
fighting for a cause
Gender Roles: women as agents in story
domestic role vs. independent and free thinking Themes African Identity African identity ("Africanness") is shaped in relation to experiences of colonization Overview Based on a true story of the memoirs of Isak Dinesen (pen name) Whites believe they are improving African life
Aristocrats have a "God-like" perspective
Romantic expectations
primitive (simple pleasures)
civil/savage Themes "Money worship"
Gender roles: negative portrayal of women Lagos, Nigeria
Third largest film industry
Early 1990s
2,500 films per year Overview Themes NOLLYWOOD Nollywood as Nigerian voice?
Various film interpretations
"Nigerian Dream"
Foundations of film industry
Whose voice does Nollywood represent? African Identity Overview Themes African Identity Power Struggle within Africa
& over Africans
Cross cultural and intercultural authorities (globalization)
Truth is contingent on interpretation
Is Africa's internal truth
portrayed in District 9?
Film was banned from
screening in Nigeria Theory Thesis Forming national identity in the aftermath of colonization and war
who's voice is being heard?
Film made for and by the people of Guinea-Bissau
precedent in cinema
viewer as outsider 1980

Created in Botswana/ South Africa

"Bushmen," !Kung/San people of Botswana

"Faux-ethnographic," Slapstick comedy

Natives first encounter with "civilized" people
Native culture:
Gentle, childlike
"Pristine isolation" Made in 1985 Won 7 Oscar Awards Romantic, Drama, and Adventure African Identity External perspective on a native people
Producers: Intentionally racist or satire?
Whites colonize the !Kung voice
White influence:
Whites as "gods"
Improve culture
Corrupt native culture Unity (living in harmony)
Dependence (Karen providing for natives)
Acceptance (Islamic)
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