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Bello, Saheed (2023) 'The Fourth Cinema: Morality, and Tragedy in African Cinema.' Journal of Aesthetic Education. (Forthcoming)

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This paper focuses on the concept of “The Fourth Cinema” whose questions of morality and tragedy as well as deep history and recorded history are interwoven and inseparable. This is important not solely to clarify specific misinterpretations but also to resist an impending misinterpretation of the concept of the fourth cinema. Based on Soyinka’s “The Fourth Stage”, the paper discusses how the metaphysics of sacrifice in Yoruba oral traditions can be taken from its ritual contexts to explain what I have termed “The Fourth Cinema.” In doing that, I give a new interpretation to Soyinka’s The Fourth Stage and therefore develop the Fourth Cinema with the aim to discuss its philosophical, spiritual, and historical relevance in African cinema such as, Biyi Bandele’s Elesin Oba, Femi Lasode’s Sango, and Tunde Kelani’s SaworoIde. I therefore show the social relevance of the fourth cinema not solely to the questions of morality, and tragedy in the (post)colonial world but also to education and decolonial cinematic storytelling in Africa and beyond.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies
Departments and Subunits > School of Arts
Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 00218510
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2024 13:54
Funders: Other

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