Digital as the new popular in African cinema? Case studies from the continent

Bisschoff, L. and Overbergh, A. (2012) Digital as the new popular in African cinema? Case studies from the continent. Research in African literatures, 43(4), pp. 112-127.

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Publisher's URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/reseafrilite.43.4.112

Abstract

This paper considers different forms of contemporary filmmaking on the African continent in order to show how Africa has embraced digital technology as a crucial factor toward more, and increasingly varied, forms of popular cinema. The case studies are chosen to show a variety of production, exhibition, and distribution methods utilizing digital technology. The focus of the paper is on popular cinema as a form of popular culture, as theorized by Karin Barber. We review Barber's pioneering work on African popular culture and subsequent work by her and other scholars to determine and argue how the new forms of digital cinema discussed in this paper can be considered part of African popular culture.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bisschoff, Dr Lizelle
Authors: Bisschoff, L., and Overbergh, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Research in African literatures
Journal Abbr.:RAL
ISSN:0034-5210
ISSN (Online):1527-2044

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