Library:ADCLP/Bibliography on African and Diaspora Cinema and Representation

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This bibliography-in-progress, of books about African/Black films and representation, is compiled to support the African and African Diaspora Literature for Children project. During Black History month in 1991, Yvonne Brown and Richard Moore initiated this project, as a response to the scarcity of appropriate learning and teaching materials about Africa and its Atlantic Diaspora in western Canadian high schools and post-secondary institutions. This focus on the literature of Africa and its Diaspora was originally conceived to fit with the creative spaces that were permitted, for teachers and community, to complement certain goals of the English and Language Arts program, of the now defunct Year 2000 Curriculum innovation. Since the original conception, with the support of the staff of the UBC Education Library, we have built a holding of some 900 items of learning resources in the library. Simultaneously we have, by invitation, made several presentations to teachers and community groups including whole families. It is our hope that we can soon make this database available on-line for children, teachers, and parents to select reading and learning resources. We invite you to start reading (and film-viewing) circles to read and discuss the knowledge and information contained in these resources. Please share a book or film review, if you can. A book review form can be downloaded from this site.

Contact: TEL. 604-822-2046 or Richard Moore

The Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia

For the purposes of this project, the term African-Canadian refers to people of African descent, regardless of country of birth. People of African descent living in the African Diaspora such as Canada, the United States of America, South America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Europe have been variously called Negro, Coloured, Black and African. These terms have come into existence at different times during the most recent 500-year history of the Atlantic Slave Trade, plantation slavery in the New World, and European colonization of the continent of Africa.


  • Adu-Poku, Samuel. (2002) African_Centred Multicultural Art Education: A Alternative Curriculum and Pedagogy. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • Baker, Houston A., Jr., Manthia Diawara, and Ruth H. Lindeborg Editors. (1996) Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Blount, Marcellus and George P. Cunningham. Editors. (1996) Representing Black Men. New York: Routledge.
  • Cameron, Kenneth M. (1994) Africa on Film: Beyond Black and White. New York: Continuum.
  • George, Nelson. (1994) Blackface: Reflections on African Americans and the Movies. New York: Harper Collins.
  • Gilroy, Paul. (1993) The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Guerrero, Ed. (1993) Framing Blackness: African American Images in Film. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Martin, Michael T. Editor. Cinemas of the Black Diaspora: Diversity, Dependence, and Oppositionality. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press.
  • McClintock, Anne. (1995) Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge.
  • Micheaux, Oscar. The Conquest: The Story of a Negro Pioneer. 1994) Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Pieterse, Jan Nederveen. (1990 Dutch original, 1992 English translation). White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture.. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Reid, Mark A. (1997) Postnegritude Visual and Literary Culture. New York: SUNY Press.
  • Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. (1994) Unthinking Eurocenticism: Multiculturalism and the Media. New York: Routledge.
  • Smith, Valerie. Editor. Representing Blackness: Issues in Film and Video. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
  • Ukadike, Nwachukwu Frank. (1994) Black African Cinema. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Williams, Patrick and Laura Chrisman. Editors. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press.

Please note that the National Film Board of Canada has produced some very good films and documentaries on African-Canadians.