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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (2 (80)): 25–59.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Lindsey Green-Simms This essay examines the aesthetic dimensions of the “occult melodramas” of West African video-films by discussing how filmmakers use the technology of video to recreate the sensuous impact of daily rumors that speak to spiritual and socioeconomic anxieties. Given that these...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 84–117.
Published: 01 September 1995
...Lisbeth Gant-Britton Molzday’s Girls (Ngozi Onwurah, 1993) African Women and Visual Culture: A Sample Syllabus Lis beth Gant-Britton Go to any cinema in the United States-or other western country for that matter-and the odds are extremely slim that you will see any...
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Camera Obscura (2011) 25 (3 (75)): 69–99.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Diana Adesola Mafe Twentieth-century British and US films about Africa have been predominantly racist productions that employ what Kenneth Cameron calls archetypes—the White Queen, the White Hunter, the Good African, the Dangerous African, and so on. This article explores the mise-en-scène of...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 37–61.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Courtney R. Baker Recent African American film scholarship has called for an attention to the structures of black representation on screen. This work echoes the calls made in the 1990s by black feminist film and cultural scholars to resist the allure of reading for racial realism and to develop...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (2 (104)): 125–157.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Different Image (1982), and Zeinabu irene Davis’s Cycles (1989). Each of these films’ renderings of Afrocentric feminist aesthetics—through attention to African oral and mythical traditions, African and Pan-African-inflected mise-en-scène, rich col-oration and film stock, and play with nonlinear...
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Camera Obscura (2017) 32 (1 (94)): 33–61.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Christine Cynn In Francophone West Africa, bilateral and multilateral HIV prevention focuses on combating stigma, increasing awareness, and encouraging safer sexual practices, especially through the use of mass media. This approach works in the service of neoliberal mandates to produce African...
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Camera Obscura (2008) 23 (2 (68)): 41–66.
Published: 01 September 2008
... these discussions and explore their interrelations, by looking at the film through a history and analysis of cinematic reflexivity. As a metacinematic work both by and about an African American lesbian director, the film has much to say about the means of its own production and, even further, about the...
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Camera Obscura (2012) 27 (3 (81)): 149–157.
Published: 01 December 2012
... shaped by this very difference. Further, through initiatives like the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, networks of filmmakers and film enthusiasts from communities historically mis- or underrepresented in film are beginning to shift the constitution of festival audiences and thereby...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 1–27.
Published: 01 September 2015
... African American music. To unpack these connections, BREAKAWAY is analyzed in the context of two contemporary films in which Basil played significant roles: The T.A.M.I. Show (dir. Steve Binder, US, 1964), a groundbreaking concert film that signaled a new era of on-screen racial integration, and the...
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Camera Obscura (2020) 35 (1 (103)): 139–159.
Published: 01 May 2020
... impunity. And moving us away from the association of urban ruins with evil, a series of low- budget independent films the African American- cast, - led, and - produced Vampz (dir. Steve Lustgarten, US, 2004), Cryptz (dir. Danny Draven, US, 2002), and Hood of the Living Dead (dir. Eduardo and Jose Quiroz...
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Camera Obscura (2015) 30 (2 (89)): 29–53.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Tupac Shakur masculinity African Americans digital cinematography performance studies sound studies Figure 1. Digital Domain Media Group, Virtual 2Pac, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 15 April 2012, 2D digital projection Voices from Beyond the Grave: Virtual Tupac’s Live...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 154.
Published: 01 September 1995
... contemporary politics of racial, cultural, and economic representation in institutional structures for art exhibition. Lisbeth Gant-Britton is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television, where she teaches African-American...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 49–65.
Published: 01 September 1995
.... The next two images are individual shots of the white and African- American female co-stars. Again, neither is privileged, but the posi- tioning of the white woman’s image as the first human form we see seems to associate her with the mansion and grounds, while the African American...
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Camera Obscura (1995) 12 (3 (36)): 6–11.
Published: 01 September 1995
... dialogue with con- temporary Black woman filmmaker Cauleen Smith on the importance of avoiding stereotypical depictions of African Americans in film and other forms of visual culture. MacDonald and Smith talk of the heavy burden and responsibility placed on filmmakers by...
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Camera Obscura (1996) 13 (2 (38)): 116–131.
Published: 01 May 1996
...Julia Erhart Picturing What If: Julie Dash's Speculative Fiction Julia Erhart The first feature-length film by an African-American woman to gain nationwide critical recognition as well as national theatrical release, Daughters ofthe Dust was already the focus of considerable...
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Camera Obscura (1992) 10 (1 (28)): 262–289.
Published: 01 January 1992
...- graphique de 1’Afrique Occidentale (Senegal and French Sudan) be- cause of the promise of good pay. You have been positioned in front of the camera, and you are thinking about how cold it is: you can’t believe that you have to live here in this reconstruction of a West African village, crowded...
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Camera Obscura (1993) 11 (1 (31)): 48–70.
Published: 01 May 1993
...Laura Mulvey Copyright © 1993 by Indiana University Press 1993 Xala, Ousmane Sembene (1974): The Carapace That Failed Laura Mulvey The film language of Xala can be constructed on the model of an African poetic form called “sem...
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Camera Obscura (2005) 20 (2 (59)): 35–71.
Published: 01 September 2005
... University Press 35 36 • Camera Obscura adolescent’s complicated transitional identity faced with crises of family, unemployment, and migration. The characters featured in these films come from notably marginalized populations—like the African ghettos in Lisbon, the middle- and working-class...
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Camera Obscura (2002) 17 (1 (49)): 31–71.
Published: 01 May 2002
... Daniel Haynes look at a sound track of their voices in Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer’s ‘Hallelujah The photo economically figures the discursive link created—by studios, critics, and the popular press—between African American performers and sound tech- nology. The picture sums up a common strategy of the...
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Camera Obscura (2004) 19 (2 (56)): 47–73.
Published: 01 September 2004
...Charles I. Nero Camera Obscura 2004 Charles I. Nero teaches film and literature at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. He has published numerous articles on white identities in film and African diaspora gay literatures. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (dir...