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Title:A contemporary, empowered female figure? Towards a feminist reading of Frimpong-Manso's 'Life and living it and 'The perfect picture
Authors:Kwansah-Aidoo, Kwamena
Owusu, Joyce Osei
Periodical:Journal of African Cinemas (ISSN 1754-923X)
Geographic term:Ghana
External link:https://doi.org/10.1386/jac.9.1.55_1
Abstract:This article examines the contemporary female figure in Ghana, as portrayed in two video films by Shirley Frimpong-Manso: 'Life and Living It' (2007) and 'The Perfect Picture'(2009). Though the selected films individually foreground male and female subjectivities, they share similar recurring motifs in female characterization. Using the postfeminist and African feminist frameworks as conceptual lenses, the authors interrogate the precise ways in which the female characters are portrayed and note that the films emphasize women's freedom and choice, individualism and self-determination, challenge male dominance, encourage female sexual empowerment, and female friendship and bonding. They conclude that, in spite of a few instances where the two films appear to uphold normative notions of femininity, they overwhelmingly portray contemporary empowered female characters, framed within African feminist and postfeminist perspectives and cultures. Ultimately, the paper seeks to show the extent to which a feminist framework can initiate new thinking and affect wider social perceptions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]