African Film Cultures

Contexts of Creation and Circulation

Añulika Agina, Barbara Knorpp & Winston Mano



The growing body of films in and around Africa, and the seemingly incongruent growth in African film scholarship, suggests the need for new perspectives, approaches and insights into film cultures in Africa. Although it is impossible to capture the entire diversity of existing African film cultures, this collection, which has resulted from African film conferences organized by the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, has recognized the significance and urgency of this task. The book offers a unique engagement with widened African film ‘cultures’ in the context of diverse peoples, histories, geographies, languages and changing film production cultures shaped by audiences and users at home and in the diaspora.


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Añulika Agina, PhD, teaches media theory and research methods at Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria, and coordinates research seminars for faculty and students.

Barbara Knorpp is an anthropologist with a special interest in film history. She was a Teaching Fellow in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies at University College London.

Winston Mano is a Reader at University of Westminster, United Kingdom, where he is Director of the Africa Media Centre .