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dc.contributor.authorScott, Georgia
dc.description.abstractXala (1975), a significant film for African cinema, directed by Ousmane Sembene, is a comedic dramatisation of events following Senegal’s (then recent) independence. Sembene focuses two hours of screen time on despising El Hadji, a greedy, corrupt Senegalese businessman involved with unjust negotiations besieging the new government, and his inelegant downfall after being unknowingly cursed with erectile dysfunction by the underprivileged he steps over daily. To retain the status which comes with a Mercedes, three wives and suspect business deals, and to have the ‘Xala’ (curse of impotence) removed, El Hadji must jump through many hoops while the audience grimaces in secondary embarrassment on his behalf. Influenced by both French and African filmmaking styles, Sembene weaves a range of significant signs and symbols into the frame to convey key ideas. Visual poetics, unlike dialogue, speak across language barriers and allow Sembene’s film to reach a wider audience. Whether the viewer enagages with Sembene’s semiotics or uses cultural familiarity to understand these key ideas, a similar conclusion can be reached.en_NZ
dc.publisherUnitec ePressen_NZ
dc.rightsXala (1975): A close textual analysis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.en_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand*
dc.subjectSenegalese filmsen_NZ
dc.subjectSembène, Ousmane (1923-2007)en_NZ
dc.subjectpolitics in filmsen_NZ
dc.subjectimpotence in filmsen_NZ
dc.subjectAfrican filmsen_NZ
dc.subjectfilm studiesen_NZ
dc.titleXala (1975) : a close textual analysisen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderUnitec ePressen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden190204 Film and Televisionen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationScott, G. (2017). Xala (1975): A close textual analysis. Pūrātoke: Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Creative Arts and Industries, 1(1), 17-25. ISSN: 2538-0133. Unitec ePress, Unitec Institute of Technology. Auckland, New Zealand. ISSN: 2538-0133. Retrieved from:
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.volume2017 (1)en_NZ
unitec.publication.titlePūrātoke : Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Creative Arts and Industriesen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeMount Albert, Auckland, New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaPerforming and Screen Arts

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