African Video Movies and Global Desires

9780896802865: Paperback
Release Date: 15th February 2013

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 284

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Ohio RIS Africa Series

Ohio University Press

African Video Movies and Global Desires

A Ghanaian History

African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana’s commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production.
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African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana’s commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production. Produced and consumed under circumstances of dire shortage and scarcity, African video movies narrate the desires and anxieties created by Africa’s incorporation into the global cultural economy.

Drawing on archival and ethnographic research conducted in Ghana over a ten-year period, as well as close readings of a number of individual movies, this book brings the insights of historical context as well as literary and film analysis to bear on a range of movies and the industry as a whole. Garritano makes a significant contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies these movies produce.

African Video Movies and Global Desires is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and influence.

  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    African Popular Videos as Global Cultural Forms
  • 1
    Mapping the Modern: The Gold Coast Film Unit and the Ghana Film Industry Corporation
  • 2
    Work, Women, and Worldly Wealth: Global Video
    Culture and the Early Years of Local Video Production
  • 3
    Professional Movies and Their Global Aspirations:
    The Second Wave of Video Production in Ghana
  • 4
    Tourism and Trafficking:
    Views from Abroad in the Transnational Travel Movie
  • 5
    Transcultural Encounters and Local Imaginaries: Nollywood and the Ghanaian Movie Industry in the Twenty-First Century
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • List of Films and Videos
  • References
  • Index

Carmela Garritano is an associate professor of Africana Studies and Film Studies at Texas A&M University. Her research has been supported by grants from Fulbright IIE and the West African Research Association.

African Literature Association First Book Award - 2015

Winner

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice - 2013

Commended