AAS 440 - African Cinema
Fall 2018, Section 001 - African Cinema
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Waitlist Notes:
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
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A critical and interdisciplinary study of the development of cinema in black or sub-Saharan Africa from its inception in the 1960s, at the height of the sociopolitical upheavals experienced by many nations in the transition from colonialism to independence, to the recent phase of introspection and diversification. Different cinematic traditions, technologies and forms will be analyzed, with the primary focus being narrative feature films. Students are expected to critically engage with the form and content of each film, at the same time as they acquire an understanding of the historical, cultural, (geo)political, and socio-economic issues raised by African filmmakers, as well as the forces that have shaped the development of African film. Concepts related to filmic art and narrative, modes of filmic production, distribution, and reception, as well as in connection to the semiotic configuration of film, will be studied.

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This course is intended for upper level students.

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AAS 440 - African Cinema
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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