Update Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries

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Black Camera

Call for Papers: Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries

Black Camera invites submissions for a Close-Up devoted to a critical assessment of Postcolonial Filmmaking in French-speaking Countries to be published Fall 2014.

We seek essays on films by African filmmakers that challenge "absolute otherness" in postcoloniality. Consider, for example, films by Ousmane Sembène, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Merzak Allouache, Moufida Tlati, Joseph Gaï Ramaka, Jean-Marie Teno, Sylvestre Amoussou, Mahmoud Zemmouri, and Nadia El Fani.

We also encourage submissions that address aspects of the postcolonial experience in France by first- and second-generation filmmakers such as Rachid Bouchareb, Karim Dridi, Abdellatif Kechiche, Mehdi Charef, Yamina Benguigui, Bourlem Guerdjou, Roschdy Zem, et al. Thematic concerns, from the role of public school education in the integration of children of North African descent in French society (Games of Love and Chance, Kechiche) to memory of the Algerian independence war (Cartouches gauloises, Charef) articulate an experience which has yet to be inscribed in the national discourse, and that interrogate the émigré experience through the prisms of ethnicity, class, gender religion, and diasporic affiliations. Essays that interrogate the ideological discourses of these films through narrative and aesthetic strategies are especially welcomed.

Consider, too, how postcolonial films foreground awareness of diasporic consciousness as more than exile and homeland – real or imaginary. Such films as Little Senegal (Bouchareb) evoke an experience shared across the Atlantic with African Americans.

Topics may include but are not limited to individual and comparative analyses of diasporic and "exilic" films; their production, exhibition, distribution, and reception; interviews with directors of such films; language of postcolonial cinema; the representation of émigré women of African descent; transcending national and regional divides; cityscapes; memory and diasporic identities; African queer diasporas; transnationality, metropolitanisms and diasporic cosmopolitanisms.

Essays, book and film reviews, interviews, and commentaries are welcomed. Essays should be 6,000–10,000 words. Interviews (6,000 words), commentaries (1,000–2,000 words), and book and film reviews (500–1,500 words) should also pertain to the theme of the Close-Up. Please submit completed essays, a 150 word abstract, and a 50-100 word biography by December 1, 2013. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Please see journal guidelines for more on submission policy: http://www.indiana.edu/~blackcam/call/#guidelines

Direct all questions and correspondence to guest editor Delphine Letort (delphine.letort@univ-lemans.fr)