African notebooks

With African Notebooks Casa África opens a new line of publications that aims to encourage constructive debate on current African issues and generate knowledge about Africa, using mainly the voices of experts on the continent.

The design of Casa África's African Notebooks is the result of a public competition and gives a leading role to an imaginary African who symbolises his textile design, reproducing African fabrics with the minimum possible intervention. The fabric chosen for this book comes from Senegal, it is wax-like and the design is contemporary and anonymous.

Casa África's African Notebooks address the Casa's lines of action, always looking for new topics or aspects that contribute something to existing information. The first notebooks will focus on film, photography, communication on Africa and African economic issues. They will be aimed at teachers and researchers from specialised institutions, professionals, university students, journalists and other interested parties and will include background texts written by national and international experts, giving priority to Africans.


Notebook No. 1. Cinema. Utopia and reality: 50 years of African independent states?

This first African Notebook examines the relationship between the birth of African cinema and the independences on the continent and is the result of Casa África's collaboration with the NGO Al-Tarab and African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT). Coordinated by Marion Berger and Sandra Maunac, this publication includes talks from the seminar Utopia and Reality. 50 years of African Independence? which was held in the 2010 edition of FCAT, and which brought together experts like Macharia Munere, Jihan El Tahri, Lahouari Addi, Mbuji Kabunda and Paulo Inglês. It also includes files of films that were screened at that FCAT, linked to this seminar, which was organised with the support of AECID, Casa Árabe, the Fundación Tres Culturas and Casa África.


Notebook No. 2. Cinema. Dijibril Diop Mambéty, African film maker

This Notebook African, the second addressed to the cinema, covers the complete works of one of the great masters of Senegalese cinema, the indispensable African film-maker, Dijibril Mambéty Diop (Colobane 1945 - Paris 1998). It is a comprehensive analysis of his career and films, a reflection that emerges from the author's earlier book, African cinema specialist and professor at the University of Victoria in Canada, Sada Niang, titled Djibril Diop Mambéty un cinéaste à contre-courant (Paris, L'Harmattan, 2002).


Notebook No. 3. Economics African Economic Outlook and the role of emerging countries

This book is the result of the business meeting on economic opportunities and prospects in Africa, organised by the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations and Casa África on the 16th June 2011. African economies have weathered the global economic and financial crisis relatively well and shown an upturn in 2010. The continent is expected to continue on this recovery path but there are currently serious setbacks that influence the impetus of expansion in 2011. We hope that reading this African Notebook will provide a snapshot of the very moment Africa is now at, where business opportunities are countless.


 Notebook No. 4. Communication. If you speak about us...

Casa Africa's aim in communication issues could be summarised in one sentence:  make the Spanish media speak more and better on Africa. This book brings together eleven texts from African journalists who reflect on the realities they live and on which they report and analyse the view that Western media gives about their continent. It is intended to be a modest contribution to decolonise the look on Africa, using African words, by Africans and about Africans which we hope will serve to discover the thousand possible looks and a thousand languages ​​needed when reporting on the continent. Always, with Africans as teachers.


Notebook No. 5. Film and literature. Written screen: the film adaptations of literary works in Africa

Casa África has been on Africa's and Africans' side since its inception and among its challenges has always been to promote knowledge and close proximity of African film and literature to our country's public, placing a special emphasis on the fight against clichés and stereotypes surrounding everything African. With this fifth African Notebook, devoted to literary adaptations of films, we aim to explain the outcome of the conference Screen Writing that took place in the 8th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa (now Cordoba) which led to a meeting with African authors in the fields of literature and film (film-makers and writers) and whose conclusions are shown here.



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