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African Film

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Editor(s): Foluke Ogunleye

Book Description

African Film: Looking Back and Looking Forward acknowledges all those filmmakers and film scholars who, through their productions and theorization, have made a difference to the filmic universe in Africa. Their substantial contribution reflects our world and has the potential to change our lives. The book adopts an interdisciplinary character, traversing, as it does, the diverse subjects of politics, economics and history, among others. It interrogates Africa’s filmic past, analyses current productions, projects into the future of the film in Africa, and deals with the nature of the filmmaking profession. This book contributes to the growing literature on the African film and will provide the opportunity for filmmakers, academics and students to learn about the history, theories, problems, and various approaches to production, marketing, gender issues, race and legal issues, and a host of other subjects that impinge upon the African film.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5497-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5497-2
Date of Publication: 01/03/2014
Pages / Size: 265 / A5
Price: £44.99


Foluke Ogunleye is a Professor at the Department of Dramatic Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. She obtained her BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1982, and went on to acquire her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan. She is a teacher, filmmaker, producer, director, actress and writer with a specialization in Theatre and Media Studies. She has directed and produced such films as The Solid Rock (1993), The Broken Hedge (1997), Born to Live (2000) and Heaven’s Gate (2007).

Professor Ogunleye is the author of over sixty book chapters and articles in reputable international journals. Her published books include African Video Film Today (2003), Theatre in Swaziland: The Past, the Present and the Future (2005), Theatre in Nigeria: Different Faces (2007), and Africa through the Eye of the Video Camera (2008).

She is the recipient of many awards, fellowships and grants, which include the 2006 CODESRIA (Senegal) Textbook Grant to write a book on Video Film in Africa and the 1997 Humanities Institute Fellowship to undertake a study of African and African-American Cinema at the University of Ghana and Northwestern University, Evanston, USA. At the moment, she serves as the Editor of Humanities Review Journal. She is also on the Editorial Board of Journal of African Media Studies, housed in the University of Westminster, England. She held a visiting position at the University of Swaziland from 2003 to 2005.

Foluke Ogunleye is the Executive Director of the Ife International Film Festival, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of Media Studies, University of Botswana.