File spoon-archives/postcolonial.archive/postcolonial_2001/postcolonial.0107, message 22

Subject: African Films
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 14:08:35 -0400

< i am interested in african films in english which deal, in one
way or another, with the former colonizers' (preferably the
english) impact on their country, or have other postcolonial
features (the empire films back). i'd appreciate anything,
really. you might also go backchannel.


Here are two films that may be helpful for your project:

HERITAGE AFRICA by Kwaw Ansah (Ghana, 1989)

The story focuses on the psychological history of a man within an
African/European dichotomy. As district commissioner in colonial
Ghana, Kwesi Atta Bosmefi, who has changed his name to Quincy
Arthur Bosomfield, gives up his African identity in favor of
British culture and practices.

Unfortunately I do not have distribution sources for this film.

SARRAOUNIA by Med Hondo (Mauritania, 1987)

The film set in the 19th century, revolves around the encounter
between the Aznas of Niger (led by their queen Sarraounia) and
the French colonial troops. The film reveals the violence and
atrocities of French conquest and the heroic efforts of
Sarraounia in resistance.

For information on the film go to:

Beti Ellerson
Department of Art
Howard University
Washington DC USA

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