Article accepted: “On the 50th Anniversary of Ousmane Sembene’s La Noire de (1966): Why We’re Still De/Colonizing the African/European Family”



I am very excited to share the Journal of Cultural and Media Studies has accepted an article on one of the most important films in cinema and global cultural history.  La Noire de focuses on Diouana’s interior narration subverting the bourgeois French family while describing an estrangement from her family in Dakar.  Sembene dramatizes in cinematic “griot” form what theorists Franz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral posit as “tools for mental decolonization” (Future Past459).  The film describes the emergence of Senegal’s postcolonial nationhood through images of family intervening the decolonization of Africa as a reorganization of global power. West African filmmakers Safi Faye, Francois Woukoache, Adama Drabo, and Jean-Marie Teno follow Sembene in serving “notice of the ongoing importance of Third Cinema as a cinema of political and aesthetic opposition” (Theorizing National Cinemas 48).  The cinematic interplay of the African and European family are not metaphors illustrating machinations of world power but…

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