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The disidentification of Mahamat Saleh Haroun

2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Chad’s first feature film, ‘Bye Bye Africa.’ It is a blessing and a curse to bear the title of a country’s “first feature film.” As we saw in the past decade with Haifa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda from Saudi Arabia, a country’s first feature can generate attention and momentum to inspire a future generation of filmmakers. In 1999, Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Bye Bye Africa debuted as the first feature film from the country of Chad. The film is to an extent autobiographical, enlisting techniques of both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking to tell the story of an exiled filmmaker returning to Chad to make a movie, identical in many ways to Haroun’s own journey. The film was a runner-up for Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival and launched Haroun onto a string of feature-length dramas set in Chad: Abouna, Daratt, A Screaming Man, and Grisgris. Despite its richness in philosophy, buttressed by Haroun’s careful dialogue as well as his deliberate alternation between Arabic and French, the film has been remembered as simply Chad’s first feature film, the one that helped launched Haroun’s career. Yet if one digs deeper than the surface-level film reviews, they may expose Haroun’s very personal statements of cultural disidentification throughout Bye Bye Africa as […]

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Beyond the post(-)colonial?/ Au-delà du post(-)colonial? : Workshop Report and Podcast (3/4)

Workshop Report and Podcast (3/4) Beyond the post(-)colonial?/ Au-delà du post(-)colonial? 12 September 2017 School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. Convenors: Professor Margaret Majumdar and Dr Ed Naylor. The second of three audio recordings of the workshop proceedings is now available. The podcast lasts around 90 minutes and covers the second panel, entitled ‘Theorising postcoloniality in cultural and literary studies’. Chair: Margaret Majumdar / Speakers: Walid Benkhaled (Portsmouth), Charles Bonn (Lyon II), Debra Kelly (Westminster) The full programme and a presentation of the workshop can be found here.

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