Edited by Maria do Carmo Piçarra & Teresa Castro (The Peter Lang Publishing Group).Cover of (Re)imagining African Independence

Published 2017.


The fortieth anniversary of the independence of the African countries colonized by Portugal presents a valuable opportunity to reassess how colonialism has been imagined through the medium of the moving image. The essays collected in this volume investigate Portuguese colonialism and its filmic and audio-visual imaginaries both during and after the Estado Novo regime, examining political propaganda films shot during the liberation wars and exploring the questions and debates these generate. The book also highlights common aspects in the emergence of a national cinema in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau. By reanimating (and decolonizing) the archive, it represents an important contribution to Portuguese colonial history, as well as to the history of cinema and the visual arts.*


Co-sponsored by CFAC, (Re)imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire is the result of the conference, Liberation Struggles, the ‘falling of the empire’, and the birth [through images] of the African nations, convened by CFAC / FCT Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Maria do Carmo Piçarra, in cooperation with the Camões Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture. The conference took place at the University of Reading and Kings College, London from 27-28 January 2016.


(Re)imagining African Independence was launched at the NECS 2017 Conference, which took place in Paris from 29 June to 1 July 2017.

*Text from listing at Peter Lang, here