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Cinemas of the Black Diaspora

Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality

Edited by Michael T. Martin

African Diaspora, By WSU Faculty, Film Theory and Criticism, World Cinema

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Paperback
Published: January 1996
ISBN: 9780814325889
Pages: 544 Size: 6x9
Review

The richest anthology on the post-colonial Black cinemas in Africa and in the diaspora, written by budding scholars, critics, and filmmakers.

— Hamid Naficy

This is a study of the cinematic traditions and film practices in the black Diaspora. With contributions by film scholars, film critics, and film-makers from Europe, North America and the Third World, this diverse collection provides a critical reading of film-making in the black Diaspora that challenges the assumptions of colonialist and ethnocentrist discourses about Third World, Hollywood and European cinemas. The book examines the impact on film-making of Western culture, capitalist production and distribution methods, and colonialism and the continuing neo-colonial status of the people and countries in which film-making is practiced. Organised in three parts, the study first explores cinema in the black Diaspora along cultural and political lines, analysing the works of a radical and aesthetically alternative cinema. The book proceeds to group black cinemas by geographical sites, including Africa, the Caribbean and South America, Europe, and North America, to provide global context for comparative and case study analyses. Finally, three important manifestoes document the political and economic concerns and counter-hegemonic institutional organising efforts of black and Third World film-makers from the 1970s to the early 1990s. "Cinemas of the Black Diaspora" should serve as a valuable basic reference and research tool for the study of world cinema. While celebrating the diversity, innovativeness, and fecundity of film-making in different regions of the world, this important collection also explicates the historical importance of film-making as a cultural form and political practice.

MIchael T. Martin is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. He is the co-editor of Studies of Development and Change in the Modern World and the director and co-producer of the award-winning documentary, In the Absence of Peace. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Contributors Include:
Mark A. Reid, Ana M. Lopez, Robert Stam, Adam Knee, Zeinabu Irene Davis, David Nicholson, Clyde Taylor, Charles Musser, Julie Dash, James A. Snead, Thomas Cripps, Abid Med Hondo, Jose Arroyo, Coco Fusco, Nicholas Peter Humy, Keith Q. Warner, Mbye Cham, N. Frank Ukadike, Claire Andrade-Watkins, Keyan Tomaseli, Francoise Pfaff, Ferid Boughedir, Manthia Diawara, Teshome H. Gabriel, Tommy L. Lott, Roy Armes

The richest anthology on the post-colonial Black cinemas in Africa and in the diaspora, written by budding scholars, critics, and filmmakers. Cinemas of the Black Diaspora consists of critical essays, interviews, and manifestos that both clarify and question such accepted (and sometimes disputed) categories as Third World cinema, national cinema, Black cinema, international cinema, and diaspora cinema. A must for college courses on alternative cinemas and film practices.

– Hamid Naficy, Rice University