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Title:African films in the classroom
Author:Gugler, JosefISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Africa
African studies
teaching methods
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/african_studies_review/v053/53.3.gugler.pdf
Abstract:This article on African films in the classroom is pertinent to the teaching of African cinema, but the focus is on teaching with African films. A wealth of excellent films from Africa is readily available for classroom use, even if much of Anglophone Africa remains poorly represented. African films can serve to challenge students' assumptions and to foster a critical examination of Western films set in Africa. Extending the scope of conventional 'African' courses to North Africa adds a substantial body of notable productions, some of which address current concerns such as Islamic fundamentalism. The author argues that African films have to be contextualized; even when they are examined as works of art and as examples of world cinema, full appreciation requires that they be considered in their historical and cultural contexts. When films are used to introduce students to Africa, critical examination is imperative - audiences that have little factual information about Africa all too readily assume that fiction and fact coincide. The author illustrates his argument with many examples of films he has used in teaching Africa to university students. App. (filmography), bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]