African and notably sub-Saharan African film’s relative eclipse on the international scene in the early twenty-first century does not transcend the growth within the African genre. This time period has seen African cinema forging a new relationship with the real and implementing new aesthetic strategies, as well as the emergence of a post-colonial popular cinema.
Drawing on more than 1,500 articles, reviews, and interviews written over the past fifteen years, Olivier Barlet identifies the critical questions brought about by the evolution of African cinema. In the process, he offers us a personal and passionate vision, making this book an indispensable sum of thought that challenges preconceived ideas and enriches an approach to cinema as a critical art.
About the Author
Olivier Barlet is a member of the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma, a member of the African Federation of Film Critics, a delegate for Africa at the Cannes Festival Critics’ Week, and a film critic for Africultures.
“For a long while Olivier Barlet has been a sure- footed guide in the rugged terrain of African cinema. Now in a fast-moving sequence of vivid reports, he brings us close to an amazing array of films and situations across the continent in this century. Africa has broken out of its ‘exotic’ isolation. Its films, whose striking styles he sketches, participate in cultural and political debates that go beyond Africa. He makes us pay attention to what they say and, more important, what they show.”
—Dudley Andrew, R. Seldon Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University