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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Africa Shoots Back: Film and the Ideology of Apartheid

The popular South African film The Gods Must Be Crazy offers a light, comical tale of a pictureque people, the San (or "bushmen") of the Kalahari desert. This paper discusses the problematic nature of that portrayal and its implicit connection to apartheid ideology. A second South African film, Mapantsula, prepared clandestinely in the apartheid era, shows precisely the opposite dynamic - a film that poses as a popular work, but that presents a powerful critique of apartheid.

Presenter: Ryan Pauling (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 10 am (Session I)

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