Intellect Books (Bristol) is launching the Directory of World Cinema, which aims to bring a new, accessible dimension to the academic study of film. The Directory of World Cinema: Africa will provide an insight into the cinema of many African countries through reviews of significant films and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial motivations of key themes and genres.
Contributions will be first posted on a website and later collated into a hard copy version, to be updated every second or third year. The first edition will attempt to apprehend African reality in self-representation. Chapter headings will address the changing public sphere, Africans at work (including the rapport to money and the economic and political role of women), multiple aspects of migration (rural exodus, economic migration, refugees, diasporas), culture and religion, magic, representation of children, the choice of music and languages, symbolic representation. The films from the different regions, which are usually defined by their official languages (anglophone, francophone, lusophone), will be entered under the selected themes or genres subheadings in order to avoid the partition between the linguistic regions. New genres (TV films and series, African made documentaries, musicals, independently produced films etc.) are welcome.
Interested people can contribute film reviews in English or French (800 words or more) or longer essays (in English) on a theme, genre or a representative director. There is no remuneration for contributors. The rewards will be exposure and a free copy of the volume.
For general information, consult the publisher’s website, www.worldcinemadirectory.org, in particular item ‘How to contribute’. If you want to write film reviews or to coordinate a chapter for the African volume, please contact Blandine Stefanson, Editor of the volume on Africa:
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