Fictional Film and Social Change: A study of two Nigerian narratives

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Fictional Film and Social Change: A study of two Nigerian narratives

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dc.contributor.author Whitehorne, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-12T12:26:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-12T12:26:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29487
dc.description.abstract Nearly 50 years ago a UNESCO paper expounded the value of film as a development tool, alongside other forms of media. Factual films were useful platforms to provide information and instruction particularly in the fields of agriculture and health, and thereby act as a stimulus for practical innovation. Motion pictures were also considered to be a potential conveyor of development knowledge, both vertically across social strata, i.e informing policymakers, governments and institutions; and horizontally across the length and breadth of countries with the potential to reach diverse and dispersed communities. More recently, scholars such as Lewis et al. (2014) have argued that fiction, whether it be literature or cinematic, could and should be considered as valuable supplements and even challenges to more conventional forms of academic or policy knowledge. This study examines that assertion with regard to two Nigerian films, Dry and Unspoken. Both films, classified under the genre of drama (IMDb), address the devastating but preventable condition known as vesicovaginal fistula and as such draw attention to other connected social concerns, inter alia, child marriage, gender inequality and the rights of the girl-child. The films are significant as cultural texts because both were authored and directed by Nigerian women, and so themes of race, gender, and shared heritage acquire greater relevance. My research was guided by theories of representation and audience reception and employed narrative analysis methods to determine if and how the two works constitute ‘development films’, and to assess their potential to transcend the screen and contribute to transforming lives. My findings show that despite cinematic constraints and the imperatives of artistic story-telling the films, through their stylistic codes and thematic unveilings, have validity as tools for social epistemology and advocacy, and the potential to influence behaviour change and institutional policy revision. These attributes put them alongside other contributions within the field of edutainment and suggest that the cinematic experience can have a legitimate role as a site of development communication. en_US
dc.format.extent 68 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle sv_SE
dc.subject Fiction en_US
dc.subject Film en_US
dc.subject Edutainment en_US
dc.subject Girl-child en_US
dc.subject Fistula en_US
dc.subject Development en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Nigeria en_US
dc.subject Marriage en_US
dc.title Fictional Film and Social Change: A study of two Nigerian narratives en_US
dc.type H1 en_US
dc.setspec.uppsok SocialBehaviourLaw en_US
dc.contributor.examiner Hemer, Oscar
dc.contributor.supervisor Boothby, Hugo
mahlocal.xprt.faculty2019 KS
mahlocal.xprt.institution2019 K3
mahlocal.xprt.program Communication for development
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