Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Mendelsohn, Richard en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Bickford-Smith, Vivian en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Da Canha, Taryn en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-17T12:43:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-17T12:43:42Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Da Canha, T. 2001. Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17956
dc.description Includes bibliography and filmography. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The South African film industry, like the rest of the country, has gone through a very difficult and trying time over the last century and has been faced with enormous challenges since 1994. South Africa is still in a process of transition and the turbulent era of Apartheid is still vivid in our memories and our collective national identity. What is especially exciting about studying the history of the South African film industry, is that it was through film, television and the media at large, that we witnessed the evolution of this history. On a microscopic scale, the history of the film industry, is that of the country, and many of the effects of Apartheid that are being experienced in South Africa today, are likewise being experienced by the film industry. Thus by seeking to understand the historical relationship between film and politics in South Africa, we are enabled to comprehend and contextualise the circumstances that have determined film's socio-political, economic and cultural place in society today. It was with this intention that I began to investigate the documentary film industry in South Africa. My particular interest was in the development of an independent, progressive documentary film movement that tentatively originated in the late nineteen fifties and established itself in the late seventies and eighties as a major force in the resistance movement. Concentrating on organisations such as the International Defense and Aid Fund to Southern Africa (IDAF), Video News Services/ Afravision, and the Community Video Education Trust (CVET), as well as many individual anti-Apartheid filmmakers, the focus of this paper and documentary film, Redefining the Griot, is thus limited to an analysis of the history of socio-political documentary filmmaking in South Africa, in particular, the anti-Apartheid film and video movement that emerged both in reaction to the ideologically-specific and restrictive State control of media, film and eventually television, and as a cultural weapon in the liberation struggle. Understanding this history enables valuable insight into the nature of the documentary film and video-making industry today - one that is still considered emergent in terms of having a homogeneous national identity. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other South African Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.title Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Historical Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Da Canha, T. (2001). <i>Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17956 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Da Canha, Taryn. <i>"Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2001. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17956 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Da Canha T. Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Historical Studies, 2001 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17956 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Da Canha, Taryn AB - The South African film industry, like the rest of the country, has gone through a very difficult and trying time over the last century and has been faced with enormous challenges since 1994. South Africa is still in a process of transition and the turbulent era of Apartheid is still vivid in our memories and our collective national identity. What is especially exciting about studying the history of the South African film industry, is that it was through film, television and the media at large, that we witnessed the evolution of this history. On a microscopic scale, the history of the film industry, is that of the country, and many of the effects of Apartheid that are being experienced in South Africa today, are likewise being experienced by the film industry. Thus by seeking to understand the historical relationship between film and politics in South Africa, we are enabled to comprehend and contextualise the circumstances that have determined film's socio-political, economic and cultural place in society today. It was with this intention that I began to investigate the documentary film industry in South Africa. My particular interest was in the development of an independent, progressive documentary film movement that tentatively originated in the late nineteen fifties and established itself in the late seventies and eighties as a major force in the resistance movement. Concentrating on organisations such as the International Defense and Aid Fund to Southern Africa (IDAF), Video News Services/ Afravision, and the Community Video Education Trust (CVET), as well as many individual anti-Apartheid filmmakers, the focus of this paper and documentary film, Redefining the Griot, is thus limited to an analysis of the history of socio-political documentary filmmaking in South Africa, in particular, the anti-Apartheid film and video movement that emerged both in reaction to the ideologically-specific and restrictive State control of media, film and eventually television, and as a cultural weapon in the liberation struggle. Understanding this history enables valuable insight into the nature of the documentary film and video-making industry today - one that is still considered emergent in terms of having a homogeneous national identity. DA - 2001 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2001 T1 - Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film TI - Redefining the griot : a history of South African documentary film UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17956 ER - en_ZA


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