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Postcolonial Networks brings together scholars, activists, and leaders with the urgency of a movement to foster decolonized relationships, innovative scholarship, and social transformation.

Postcolonial America, The American Transcendentalists, Aids to Reflection, and James Marsh

January 1st, 2011|

It is interesting to contrast and compare various academic views as to how Transcendentalism began in post-colonial America, including contemporary anthologies of American literature. Early academic works such as F.O. Matthiessen’s American Renaissance (1941), Ronald V. Wells’ Three Christian Transcendentalists: James Marsh, Caleb Sprague Henry and Frederic Henry Hedge (1972), […]

Thinking of class in postcolonial societies: Sebastian Silva's The Maid (2009)

December 1st, 2010|

What constitutes postcolonial cinema? To qualify as such, does a film have to explicitly explore themes related directly to colonial and postcolonial relations between two countries and/or cultures? Does it have to be produced in a newly postcolonial society? Or can a film be postcolonial when it addresses certain social issues in a modern country […]

Thinking of class in postcolonial societies: Sebastian Silva’s The Maid (2009)

December 1st, 2010|

What constitutes postcolonial cinema? To qualify as such, does a film have to explicitly explore themes related directly to colonial and postcolonial relations between two countries and/or cultures? Does it have to be produced in a newly postcolonial society? Or can a film be postcolonial when it addresses certain social issues in a modern country […]

London Rivers

November 3rd, 2010|

FILM REVIEW

London Rivers (2009)

It was an aesthetic delight to experience the work of Sotigui Kouyaté in his highly engaging last film London Rivers (2009) which won him a ‘Silver Bear’ at the Berlinale Filmfestival. Interviewed in 2001 he explained how he felt about his roles as an African and a storyteller:

Let’s be modest. Africa is […]

INTERVIEW WITH RACHID BOUCHAREB

November 3rd, 2010|

Issues of race, nationhood, community and kinship lie at the heart of your films. What were your specific motivations for making ‘LONDON RIVER’?

I would say that all my films are concerned with the subject of meetings between different people, from different countries and different worlds. This theme of meetings is always at the heart of […]

Interview with Sotigui Kouyaté

November 3rd, 2010|

What was it about Rachid’s screenplay that convinced you to do the film?
The theme of the film doesn’t just concern Africa, but the whole of society. That is, it is about the crisis of communication and the problem of identity. This is particularly relevant to Africa. I believe that every African has a duty towards […]

Nostalgia for the Present: The Expendables, Stallone, and Ethnocentrism

October 20th, 2010|

Of the many action blockbusters released every summer, one of this year’s hits was The Expendables, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and featuring cameo appearances by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film tells the story of a bunch of ageing mercenaries, led by Barney Ross (Stallone), who are hired to free the imaginary […]