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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52366
Doc. No:TL22320
Call number:‭1465970‬
Main Entry:Rana-Jamila Lewis
Title & Author:Tales for thought: The teaching cinema of Ousmane SembeneRana-Jamila Lewis
College:Long Island University, The Brooklyn Center
Date:2009
Degree:M.A.
student score:2009
Page No:92
Abstract:As a filmmaker, Ousmane Sembène's ultimate goal was to re-educate and incite dialogue and action within the post-colonial African society. Referencing Sembène's films, Xala (1974), Guelwaar (1992) and Moolaadé (2004), this paper examines Sembène's efforts to re-educate and de-indoctrinate his audience using the age-old narrative tradition of African dilemma tales regarding certain societal issues in post-colonial Africa, namely the pitfalls of modernity in post-colonial Africa; neo-colonialism and its manifestations as foreign aid; and the validity of tribal and religious rituals. The paper concludes that Sembène is essentially both a practitioner and proponent of African Dilemma tales in his didactic intent to replicate in his films an indigenous manner of presenting issues to be debated by his audience. Hence Sembène's films often conclude in a climatic open-ending which forces the viewer to revisit the opposing viewpoints and draw his or her own conclusions from the message of the film in an effort to derive a resolution of the issue the film discusses.
Subject:Communication and the arts; Language, literature and linguistics; Senegal; African literature; Film studies; 0900:Film studies; 0316:African literature
Added Entry:D. G. Broe, Peggy
Added Entry:Long Island University, The Brooklyn Center