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Title:'This is not a pipe'? Reflexivity, fictionality and dialogism in Sembčne's films
Author:Repinecz, Jonathon
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic term:Senegal
About person:Sembčne Ousmane (1923-2007)ISNI
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jac/2016/00000008/00000002/art00004
Abstract:The work of filmmaker Ousmane Sembčne, from Senegal, is often analysed in terms of its highly ideological and social realist mode. This paper questions the relevance of a one-way 'film as message' model by demonstrating how Sembčne's films thematize the limits of meaning. His work systematically emphasizes the dialogical construction of meaning, whether of important symbols like the mask in 'La Noire de .../Black Girl', or of the films themselves as objects circulating in society. Self-reflexive strategies like posters and cameos by Sembčne call the viewer's attention to the constructedness of the ideological message and the arbitrariness of the film as sign. Sembčne's films are still a call to action, but they are also a call to thought about the factitiousness of narrative, and to dialogue about the work of interpretation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]