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Title:Africa and the Moving Image: Television, Film and Video
Author:Harding, Frances
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Volume:16
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:69-84
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:images
television
cinema
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369681032000169276
Abstract:Drawing on the media in several countries on the continent of Africa and in the UK, this article explores the different ways in which the media produces and presents visual images of Africa. The various images of Africa have been dependent on two main factors: firstly, the development of technology and subsequent access to it; and secondly, the ideology and ethos informing the use of the technology. The article begins by considering an unlikely candidate for radical change, the 'Big Brother Africa' programme broadcast on satellite television from South Africa, and suggests that it is the very absence of an overt ideology that enables it to have the potential to break the mould of the customary crisis-ridden images from Africa on UK television. The article then goes on to consider two programmes broadcast on Channel Four in the UK which attempt to confront this 'crisis-ridden' image of Africa. It next considers images produced by African television programme makers, 'video-movie' directors or filmmakers based in African countries, and which are designed either for the home market or an international one. There are similarities and differences between the distinct technologies; each produces its own images of Africa which are very different. In each case, the state has sought to influence the ideology of the output, but only in the case of television has it been able to impose any substantial process of censoring. Bibliogr., filmogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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