Contemporary expressions of ‘African cinema’ showcase a diversity of trends, aesthetic preferences, and audience experiences. This symposium will delve into films being produced at this historical moment, reflecting on how the aspirations of the ‘pioneers of African cinema’ are being contested, reinforced, or realized. The discussants analyze and compare the films’ aesthetic approaches, storytelling techniques, and a diverse range of contemporary concerns for filmmakers.
The symposium ‘Continuity and Change’ will consider the ways in which the archetypes and expressions of the past remain relevant to the historical continuum of African cinema, and will address questions like, ‘what is emerging as “new” around the idea of the ‘decolonizing principle’?’.
In focusing on the reframing of contemporary debates, with aim of opening the conversation to allow for new perspectives, the discussion will also highlight issues of national and Pan-African cinema, the significance of the prevailing media economy including Netflix, ‘donor films’, ‘auteur cinema’, Nollywood, the established institutional sources of production finance and support, ‘new technology’ and its potential and challenge for contemporary African film production and cinema.
On November 19, 2021 at 6 pm (Gulf Standard Time), Dr. Samantha Iwowo will moderate a discussion between film maker Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda and Dr. Boukary Sawadogo, in which they will be exploring the theme of Continuity and Change.