Postgraduate Courses

FAM5039F Approaches to African Cinema

NQF credits: 24 at HEQSF level 9.

Course convener

Dr. Litheko Modisane

Entrance requirements

Acceptance into the MA specialising in African Cinema or by permission of the convener.

Course outline

This course explores a range of seminal African filmmakers, taking into account the historical, cultural and social contexts that inform them. Crucial to this exploration is an appreciation and understanding of the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that may most usefully be deployed in uncovering the complexities of the films: from the groundbreaking thought of Frantz Fanon through the permutations of the postcolonial theory of work on exilic and diasporic cinema and various postmodern and postnational investigations.

DP requirements

Attendance at all classes; punctual submission of written work.


Weekly journal entries of 1000 words each 20%; one seminar presentation of 2000 words 10%; two 6000-word essays 35% each.