NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7.

Third-year, first-semester course, 2 lectures, screenings and weekly tutorials.


Mr Dylan Valley

Entrance requirements

The course is open to third-year Film and Media Production Students in good standing, and to students who have completed FAM1000S, FAM2004F/S, FAM2013F/S or at the discretion of the Head of Department.

Course outline

The course examines contemporary issues in African cinemas, including cinema in South Africa during and after apartheid. The term “cinemas” is used as there is not a single African cinema, but a diversity of national film cultures on the continent. The course will address the complex interrelationship of history, aesthetics, politics and ideology in African cinemas, as well as the cultural, social and economic forces which blend to form this vital part of world cinema.

Lecture times

7th period, Tuesday and Wednesday; Screening: 6th and 7th periods, Friday. Weekly tutorials.

DP requirements

All written work must be submitted timeously. Students who miss more than two tutorials will lose their DPs.


Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.