Sensational Movies

Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana

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Birgit Meyer
The Anthropology of Christianity
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , October
     2015.
     408 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780520287686.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Heather Mellquist Lehto forthcoming.

Description

Tracing the rise and development of the Ghanaian video film industry between 1985 and 2010, Sensational Movies examines video movies as seismographic devices recording a culture and society in turmoil. This book captures the dynamic process of popular filmmaking in Ghana as a new medium for the imagination and tracks the interlacing of the medium’s technological, economic, social, cultural, and religious aspects. Stepping into the void left by the defunct state film industry, video movies negotiate the imaginaries deployed by state cinema on the one hand and Christianity on the other.

Birgit Meyer analyzes Ghanaian video as a powerful, sensational form. Colliding with the state film industry’s representations of culture, these movies are indebted to religious notions of divination and revelation. Exploring the format of “film as revelation,” Meyer unpacks the affinity between cinematic and popular Christian modes of looking and showcases the transgressive potential haunting figurations of the occult. In this brilliant study, Meyer offers a deep, conceptually innovative analysis of the role of visual culture within the politics and aesthetics of religious world making.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Birgit Meyer is Professor of Religious Studies at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She is Vice-Chair of the International African Institute and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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