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Viewing the Angolan Experience of War and Peace through the Filmic Representation of Luanda in Maria João Ganga’s Na cidade vazia/ Hollow City (2004) and Zezé Gamboa’s O herói/ The Hero (2004)

Da Silva, Antonio Marcio (2011) Viewing the Angolan Experience of War and Peace through the Filmic Representation of Luanda in Maria João Ganga’s Na cidade vazia/ Hollow City (2004) and Zezé Gamboa’s O herói/ The Hero (2004). Journal of African Cinemas, 3 (2). pp. 187-200. ISSN 1754-9221. (doi:10.1386/jac.3.2.187_1) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

African cities have received filmic representation by politically engaged film-makers to discuss historical, political and social impacts on the different countries' populations. Similarly, certain Angolan post-civil war film-makers have set stories in an urban space to depict the consequences of over four decades of wars (1961–2002) in the country. This article therefore focuses on two films produced after 2002 and set in the capital Luanda to analyze such portrayals of Angola. It does this by conducting a close reading of passages from both films while incorporating studies about Angola's wars. The aims are to identify the ways in which the films hint at political and social issues in the country during two relatively peaceful periods and account for the difficulties Angolan civilians experienced because of the wars. The article concludes by commenting on the films' criticism of the country's current situation and the alternatives they suggest for Angolans to reconstruct their lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1386/jac.3.2.187_1
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance philology and languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Antonio M. Da Silva
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 17:54 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 14:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44058 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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