South Africa’s Renegade Reels

The Making and Public Lives of Black-Centered Films

  • Authors
  • Litheko Modisane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Litheko Modisane
    Pages 1-23
  3. Litheko Modisane
    Pages 125-155
  4. Litheko Modisane
    Pages 175-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-228

About this book


Despite incredible political upheavals and a minimal national history of film production, movies such as Come Back, Africa (1959), uDeliwe (1975), and Fools (1998) have taken on an iconic status within South African culture. In this much-needed study, author Litheko Modisane delves into the public critical engagements around old 'renegade' films and newer ones, revealing instructive details both in the production and the public lives of South African movies oriented around black social experiences. This illuminates the complex nature of cinema in modern public life, enriching established methodologies by expanding the cultural and conceptual boundaries of film as a phenomenon of textual circulation.


Africa cinema complexity film gender television

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