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Type: Journal article
Title: Violence in Souleymane Cissé's films: a cultural perspective
Other Titles: Violence in Souleymane Cisse's films: a cultural perspective
Author: Stefanson, B.
Citation: Journal of African Cinemas, 2009; 1(2):189-205
Publisher: Intellect
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1754-9221
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Blandine Stefanson
Abstract: This article looks at the cultural and historical sources of paternal wrath in five feature films made by Malian film-maker Souleymane Cissé between 1975 and 1995. These movies depict the conflict with patriarchal tyranny within the family or in the public sphere. In all five films, young victims attempt to escape their tyrant by returning home to confront him on his own territory. The article first deals with shooting locations and the mental appropriation of space. Second, historical precedents of the paternal urge to kill an offspring are traced back to African epics, for example the story of Karamoko's execution by his father, Emperor Samori. Finally, the Mande oppositional concepts of fadenya (male rivalry) and badenya (female cooperation) serve as landmarks in Cissé's quest for improved governance and socialization. As Cissé tempers his indictment of African violence with elliptical and metaphorical cinematography, the author opted for a cultural approach to elucidate the social and political meaning of aesthetic emotion.
Keywords: Souleymane Cissé
film interpretation
Rights: Copyright © Intellect Ltd 2009. All Rights Reserved.
DOI: 10.1386/jac.1.2.189/1
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