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Humanities 2018, 7(1), 7;

The Irony of ‘African Solidarity’ in Ousmane Sembene’s Mandabi

Department of Modern Languages, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 06050-4010, USA
Received: 10 November 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
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This paper deals with the misuse of the African traditional communal mode of living in modernizing post-colonial African societies that have been transformed by Western capitalism and individualism. In the impoverished community portrayed in Ousmane Sembene’s film Mandabi, this traditional communal mode of living, to which people refer in colloquial term as “African solidarity”, is ironically used as a means to meet one’s individualistic and selfish needs at the expense of others; thus, turning it into a factor of social and economic regression. Mandabi also unveils and suggests a new form of hybrid and productive solidarity that fits better African post-colonial nations that have been affected by Western capitalism and individualism. View Full-Text
Keywords: African film; solidarity; individualism African film; solidarity; individualism
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