Visions of the Desert: (Re)-Imagining the Nation in Postcolonial North African Film
a critical analysis of the ways in which the contemporary idea of 'nation' is imagined by way of cinematic text. Using the films of african film auteurs abderahmanne sissako and mahamat saleh haroun as primary examples, this text looks at how we can articulate our identities in a fragmented, globalised world. More
what is nation, and how is it narrated? what is the relationship between nation and fiction? How are the politics of the statesman different from those of the artist?
this text looks in detail at the cultural politics of our understanding of the nation-state. With a critical analysis of the works of two francophone african filmmakers, malian abderahmanne sissako and chadian mahamat saleh haroun, james alexander waller raises questions about textuality and identity, and their relationships with global systems, structures and processes.