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Black and White in Colour
African History on Screen

Edited by Vivian Bickford-Smith and Richard Mendelsohn

“Invaluable for teachers of African history courses who want to make use of film.... There is something here to make everybody think and see more clearly.”

Terence Ranger, International History Review

“For those who wish to use film in their classes on the continent, Black and White in Colour is close to required reading. Some of the topics that are touched upon as the contributors cover the continent from Algeria to South Africa include representations of colonialism, sexualities, settler societies, memory, resistance, independence, genocide, and the southern African experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. [T]his is a wonderful volume and deserves to be used, not only read.”

Misty L. Bastian, African Studies Review

“A most informative study, covering a wide spectrum of filmmakers and histories, and poised to remain the most comprehensive work on the subject for a long time. The book is extremely valuable for graduate interdisciplinary courses and those teaching history, African history, film and history, film studies, media studies, anthropology, women’s and gender studies, critical theory, and the impact of globalization, race, class and ethnicity in Africa.”

The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Black and White in Colour: African History on Screen considers how the African past has been represented in a wide range of historical films. Written by a team of eminent international scholars, the volume provides extensive coverage of both place and time and deals with major issues in the written history of Africa. Themes include the slave trade, imperialism and colonialism, racism, and anticolonial resistance. Many of the films will be familiar to readers: they include Out of Africa, Hotel Rwanda, Breaker Morant, Cry Freedom, The Battle of Algiers, and Chocolat.

This collection of essays is a highly original and useful contribution to African historiography, as well as a significant addition to the growing body of work within the emerging subdiscipline of “film and history.” It will appeal to those interested in African history and the ways in which films use the past to raise questions about the present.

Contributors: Mahir Saul, Ralph A. Austen, Robert Baum, Robert Harms, Nigel Worden, Carolyn Hamilton and Litheko Modisane, Richard Mendelsohn, Shamil Jeppie, Bill Nasson, Nigel Penn, Ruth Watson, Patrick Harries, David Moore, Teresa Barnes, Vivian Bickford-Smith, Mohamed Adhikari, and David Philips.

Vivian Bickford-Smith is a professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Ethnic Pride and Racial Prejudice in Victorian Cape Town.   More info →

Richard Mendelsohn is the head of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has published extensively on South African Jewish history, and together with Vivian Bickford-Smith, has pioneered teaching and research in film and history.   More info →

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Release date: March 2007
400 pages · 6 × 9 in.
Rights: North America, Pacific Rim, and South America

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