Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution
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327 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

24 colour. 12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: African Articulations

Imprint: James Currey

Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution

Anti-Colonialism, Independence and Internationalism in Filmmaking, 1968-1991

by Ros Gray

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A timely analysis that provides a pre-history to current debates on decolonisation, the politics of the moving image, and artistic engagements with anti-colonial archives.
In one of the first cultural acts to follow independence in 1975, Frelimo's new socialist government of Mozambique set up a National Institute of Cinema (the INC). In a country where many people had little previous experience of cinema, the INC was tasked to "deliver to the people an image of the people". This book explores how this unique culture of revolutionary filmmaking began during the armed struggle against Portuguese colonialism. Following independence, the INC began the task of decolonising the film industry, building on networks of solidarity with other socialist and non-aligned struggles. Mozambique became an epicentre for militant filmmakers from around the world and cinema played an essential role in building the new nation. Crucially, the book examines how filmmaking became a resource for resistance against Apartheid as the Cold War played out across Southern Africa during the late 1970s and 1980s. Drawing on detailed film analysis, production histories and testimonies of key participants, Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution provides a compelling account of this radical experiment in harnessing cinema to social change.
Introduction
We Will Win! Filming the Armed Struggle with Frelimo, 1968-1973
From the Rovuma to the Maputo: Confluences of Independence, 1974-1975
Birth (of the Image) of a Nation: Delivering Cinema to the People, 1976-1978
Who Exactly is the Party? Didacticism, the Battle of Information and the Vanguard Party, 1977-1979
A New Symphony: Cinema and Television in the "Decade of Development", 1980-1984
Let them Come! Filmmaking on the Frontline against Apartheid, 1980-1989
The Time of the Leopards: The End of Socialist Fictions and the Beginnings of the Docu-Drama, 1985-1991
Conclusion
Bibliography
Filmography

ROS GRAY is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Critical Studies) in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London

"Gray's book is far from a mere idealization of the period and is attentive to the frictions and contradictions therein, especially where the films in question's afterlives are concerned. But the main thrust of her reading is one of the revolutionary potential of the cinemas of the period." VISIBLE PROJECT
"This is a must-read book, with significant contributions to areas of African cultural and global history. Its use of numerous primary sources, and its transnational approach makes it even stronger. [...] I recommend this book to those who study histories of decolonization, the Cold War, technology, and nation-building in late-colonial and post-colonial Africa. They will find Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution captivating." African Studies Quarterly

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Title Details

327 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

24 colour. 12 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: African Articulations

Imprint: James Currey