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The Birth of African Film

Lalia Saidy Khan

Dakar, Senegal


BA in Architecture


Colonialism, Culture

Using film as a tool for analysis of the use of space in everyday life, this dissertation explores the society and culture of Senegal’s post-independence era, partially through the lens of postcolonial thinking.

Focusing on spatial practice and urbanism, the dissertation charts how space is navigated in everyday life in a range of films set in Dakar from 1960-1975, making links between the use of space and what this alludes to culturally. It provides an alternative look at a culture that is often unexplored on its own terms and aims to validate the experiences of the individual in these places, using the everyday as a framework.

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