Author: John Voll, Georgetown University Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 08:13:53 -0500
One suggestion that I would make for a film that combines "end of imperialism" with "responses to nationalism" is the old classic, "The Battle of Algiers." This was an important document of the Algerian Revolution/War for Independence and still is an effective presentation of many of the issues.
In Reference to Eric Reiche's inquiry on films on the contemporary period post-imperialism or responses to imperialism, I am showing two films in my course on modern world history:
Author: "Patrick Manning, Northeastern University" Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 08:24:00 -0500
videos to do with the responses of imperialism was made in the 1980s.
is called the Africans. It begins with the premis that Africa has a three pronged inheritance. This is the basis of the whole series. In the series, he examines the role of African nationalism along with Islamic fundamentalism within Africa. This series was produced by PBS in
cooperation with the BBC. These videos have a socialist bias but are still very good, even if you are not a socialist.
Author: Stan Fure, Southwest High
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 1996 22:48:44 -0500
I think the movie, A Year of Living Dangerously, is terrific to show
decline of imperialism. It would be a good intro to decolonization, the non-aligned movement and other topics. It stars M. Gibson and S. Weaver.
In response to your query, there was a series of videos made in the
called, "The Africans." This series basic premis is that Africa has a three pronged inheritance from its pre-colonial and colonial past. Ali Mazrui gives an explanation for the rise of nationalism and the impact of
imperialism. In one episode, he talks about the left overs of democracy,
and the african solution, such as a return to the traditional chieftain form of government in countries like Mali. Mazuri is a socialist and his bias will be quit obvious, but it is a useful series even if you are
not a socialist.
I would like to also add a movie that might be of interest to
students, "God's Bits of Wood" it is written by an African playwriter, and it shows the impact of imperialism in Senegal.
Editor's note: the playwriter/filmmaker in question is Ousmane Sembene. His films (written up nicely in a book by Francoise Pfaff) do show the impact of imperialism, but I don't think that the novel "God's Bits of Wood" has yet been made into a film. PM
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