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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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The Beautiful Fantasy: Imaginary Representations of Football in West African Cinema

The Beautiful Fantasy: Imaginary Representations of Football in West African Cinema

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(p.155) Chapter 7 The Beautiful Fantasy: Imaginary Representations of Football in West African Cinema
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Cinéma-monde
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Vlad Dima

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.003.0008

This chapter first intends to explain the socio-political importance of football in West Africa (and its connections with Europe) as made evident by filmic representations. Second, it aims to construct a psychoanalytical model for neocolonial subjectivity as it emerges from the clutches of fantasy. West African cinematic representations of football offer a doubling of fantasy: the fantasy of football is mediated by the fantasy on screen, the fantasy that is cinema. This double layer of fantasy physically translates into the fetish object of the football jersey—a second skin—as several secondary characters in West-African films wear (knockoff) football jerseys. Starting from this observation this essay explores the connections between football, fantasy and cinema in films by three contemporary West African directors, Moussa Touré (Senegal), Abderrahmane Sissako (Mali), and Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad).

Keywords:   Football, Moussa Touré, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, West African cinema, Psychoanalysis, Neo-colonialism

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