With the end of apartheid, South African cinema is at a turning point in its history. This collection offers an exploration of a film industry that has excluded its country's black majority, in both representation and production - and which now must overcome collusion between racist ideology and film form. Until recently, filmmakers could work only within a culture that reluctantly took black South Africans into account. Therefore, to explore what South African cinema has been and could become, the authors do not limit their discussion to film production but approach cinema as a manifestation of cultural history. How has the purpose of cinema been viewed at different times in South Africa, by different governments and social groups? What is the relation between film and a sense of nationhood in South Africa? Such questions lead to a consideration not only of films made by South Africans in South Africa but also of an unfolding film culture within a series of stages that have yet to give rise to a national cinema.
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
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