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Lusophone Africa on Screen

Lusophone Africa on Screen

After Utopia and before the End of Hope

(p.103) Chapter 3 Lusophone Africa on Screen
Lusophone Africa
Fernando Arenas
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the films produced in Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau in view of the emergence of the market economy model and multiparty politics in the late 1980s. It features film directors Flora Gomes and Licínio Azevedo, along with several archetypal examples of Angolan and Cape Verdean films. The movie industry had a significant part in illustrating Lusophone Africa’s liberation struggles and in campaigning for the political movements that surfaced following its independence. The chapter begins by discussing the roles of Angola and Mozambique in the history of early African cinema, its geopolitics, and the politics of film language. It then presents a study of the cinematic depiction of the effects of civil war in both countries.

Keywords:   Flora Gomes, Licínio Azevedo, Angolan films, Cape Verdean films, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, African cinema, Lusophone Africa

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