Cine Africa launched free e-book on contemporary African cinemas, organised by CIAC’s collaborator. 

The project Cine África launched a free e-book as a result of the film club promoted by Sesc São Paulo and CineSesc within the cinema streaming platform #EmCasaComSesc. The book “Contemporary African Cinemas – Critical Approaches” with 311 pages, was organized by researchers Ana Camila Esteves and Jusciele Oliveira and has about 40 collaborators from Africa, Europe, USA and Brazil.

The book is divided into four parts, Theoretical Contributions, Film Criticism in Africa, Reviews and Essays and a Collective Interview: Programmers of African Cinemas in the World. The first session features writings by experts such as Lizelle Bisschoff (UK) and Jonathan Haynes (USA), considered the world’s leading expert on Nigerian cinema (Nollywood). The second part brings together texts by African critics such as Claire Diao (Burkina Faso) and Fatou Kine Sene (Senegal). The third part is dedicated to critics and scholars from various areas of Brazil, while the final part brings together a conversation with curators from African cinemas, among them Alex Moussa Sawadogo (Burkina Faso/Germany) and Mahen Bonetti (Sierra Leone/USA). Produced with the aim of broadening discussions on African films in Brazil and in Portuguese, the e-book is a pioneering publication in the country for its absolute focus on research and reflection in contemporary African cinemas.

“The discussions, which appear in the form of academic articles, essays, reviews and interviews, refer to the films in the program of the Mostra de Cinemas Africanos e do Cine África“, says the organizer Ana Camila Esteves. “The texts not only highlight the variety of possible approaches to contemporary African cinematic practices, but definitely put Brazil on the research route that looks at the present of African filmmakers and directors,” she concludes.

Free download here.