Francophone African Women Documentary Filmmakers
Published by: Indiana University Press
Francophone African Women Documentary Filmmakers is groundbreaking edited collection which explores the contributions of Francophone African women to the field of documentary filmmaking. Rich in its scope and critical vision it constitutes a timely contribution to cutting-edge scholarly debates on African cinemas.
Featuring 10 chapters from prominent film scholars, it explores the distinctive documentary work and contributions of Francophone African women filmmakers since the 1960s. It focuses documentaries by North African and Sub-Saharan women filmmakers, including the pioneering work of Safi Faye in Kaddu Beykat, Rama Thiaw's The Revolution Will Not be Televised, Katy Lena Ndiaye's Le Cercle des noyes and En attendant les hommes, Dalila Ennadre's Fama: Heroism Without Glory and Leila Kitani's Nos lieux interdits.
Shunned from costly fictional- 35mm-filmmaking, Francophone African Women Documentary Filmmakers examines how these women engaged and experimented with documentary filmmaking in personal, evocative ways that countered the officially sanctioned, nationalist practice of show and teach/promote.
Introduction, by Suzanne Crosta, Sada Niang, and Alexie Tcheuyap
1. Documenting the Unseemly: Moroccan Women's Documentaries in the 2000s, by Florence Martin
2. Outsiders on the Inside: Rokhaya Diallo's Les marches de la liberté as Activist Documentary, by Sheila Petty
3. Challenging Documentary Practice: A Return to Safi Faye's Kaddu Beykat, by Melissa Thackway
4. Revisiting the "Domestic Ethnography" Approach in Khady Sylla's Une Fenêtre ouverte, by El Hadji Moustapha Diop
5. Tales of Colonels: Auteurship and Authority in Mama Colonel (2017) and This is Congo (2017), by Alexie Tcheuyap and Felix Veilleux
6. Authorizing Reality in Leila Kilani's Our Forbidden Places (2008) and Kaouther Ben Hania's The Slasher of Tunis (2014), by Suzanne Gauch
7. Documenting Tyranny: The Politics of Memory in Leila Kilani and Osvalde Lewat, by Herve Tchumkam
8. Ecological Representations in African Women Documentaries, by Suzanne Crosta
9. Looping the Loop: Rama Thiaw's The Revolution Won't Be Televised (2016), by Sada Niang
10. Dancing with the Camera: Interview with Nadine Otsobogo, by Suzanne Crosta, Sada Niang, and Alexie Tcheuyap
"This impressive volume indexes the historical, political, and cultural roles played by African women documentarians from North and West Africa. The editors and featured authors brilliantly tackle a wide array of topics, from marginalization and violence to female subjectivity and human rights, and in the process, they recalibrate the parameters of the documentary genre itself. This is a crucial and welcome intervention in the wider field of postcolonial cinema—strongly recommended!"~Vlad Dima, Syracuse University
"Francophone African Women Documentary Filmmakers is an important contribution to the burgeoning sub-discipline of African Women in Cinema Studies as well as the ever-growing discourse in women's film studies and scholarship on African cinema that include African women filmmakers' experiences. The contributors draw from an eclectic selection of films, which allows both the novice readership and those seasoned in the discipline to (re)discover the wide-ranging cinematic practice of African women documentarians."~Beti Ellerson, Founder and Director, Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema
"This groundbreaking anthology is an important contribution to the fields of African Studies, Francophone Studies, and Film and Media Studies. The essays within are each deeply researched and collectively wide-ranging, moving from ethnographic experiments of the 1970s to contemporary activist productions, from North to West to Central Africa. As interest in nonfictional narrative continues to build both within and outside of the academy, Francophone African Women Documentary Filmmakers charts a body of work that is vital to world cinema."~Rachel Gabara, University of Georgia