Nollywood-Inspired Migrant Filmmaking in Switzerland: Practice, Performance and Meaning
This book introduces the emerging, but still little-known, phenomenon of Nollywood-inspired filmmaking by African migrants in Europe. Using the unique example of a performance ethnographic case study in Switzerland, it shows how members of the African diaspora represent themselves through audio-visual media and what influence the post-colonial images of the Nigerian video film industry have on their image production.
Drawing on Jean Rouch’s Shared Anthropology and the methods of Performance Ethnography, this book provides an in-depth look at the complexity of migrants’ everyday lives and showcases Nollywood-inspired transnational filmmaking practices. In its refreshing and accessible writing style, it also illustrates the performance ethnographic research process, highlights the pitfalls and challenges of collaborative film projects, and critically engages with fundamental questions of social research in decolonial settings.
Sandra Mooser is a media anthropologist with a special interest in audio-visual media, performance-based collaborations, migrant filmmaking and processes of collective representation. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
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