Political Vulgarity in the Margins

“The question of whether humor in the postcolony is an expression of ‘resistance’ or not, whether it is, a priori, opposition, or simply manifestation of hostility toward authority, is thus of secondary importance. For the most part, those who laugh are only reading the signs left, like rubbish, in the wake of the commandment. Hence […]

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Peter Morton-Williams: Anthropology & Mobile Cinema

Numerous assumptions about the inferiority of African mentalities proliferated among colonial officials; therefore at the beginning of the 20th Century, as part of the civilizing process of colonialism, specialized cinematic techniques were used in making African development films. The most illustrious proponent of the “specialized technique” was the head of the Colonial Film Unit, William […]

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