Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Kinna-Uganda: A review of Uganda's national cinema
by Rasmussen, Kristin Alexandra, M.A., San Jose State University, 2010, 117; 1488151
Abstract (Summary)

Kinna-Uganda (K-U) is a form of cinema that has emerged in Uganda following decades of the totalitarian political regime of Idi Amin, which in turn followed almost a century of colonial rule. The concept of national cinema is evaluated in this thesis as a tool for analysis of K-U. The national cinema concept is compared with four other models—regional, continental, Pan-African, and transnational—that can also be used to analyze and deconstruct films and the academic space within which they reside. This study examines Uganda’s pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial times and their impact on the production of K-U and on Uganda’s film industry. This research also presents the dissemination of Africa’s cinema in the context of the African Diaspora and provides a guide to K-U and the Ugandan film industry from its inception until early 2010.

In analyzing these findings of this study, it has been determined that the concept of national cinema is useful when dissecting K-U. The strength and utility of national cinema as a concept lies in four different factors: it aids in identifying K-U; it helps to explain the origins and characteristics of the local Ugandan film industry; it identifies the common constraints to expansion of the Ugandan film industry and, lastly, it helps in offering a prediction for the future of the Ugandan film industry. However, adhering to a strict definition of national cinema is shown to be less useful than previously in evaluating K-U, as it has propagated through Africa and increasingly involves coproductions between Ugandan and non-Ugandan entities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kahn, David
Commitee: McKee, Alison, Ochoa, Maria
School: San Jose State University
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, African history, Film studies
Keywords: African film, Cinema, Film, Kinna-uganda, Ugandan cinema, Ugandan film
Publication Number: 1488151
ISBN: 978-1-124-43497-1
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