films Lumumba

| June 19, 2015

Project description
Please watch the films Lumumba (Raoul Peck, 2001) and Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, 2006).

Below are two essay topics for each film. Each essay should be 500 words.

Essay Topic for Lumumba

Discuss in detail how the film relates to the 10 challenges that newly independent African nations faced (see handout posted

on Blackboard and distributed in class).

Essay Topic for Tsotsi

What does Tsotsi reveal about the problems that rapid urbanization has created in Africa.

The 10 Major Tasks Facing Independent African Nations

1.     Construction of Infrastructure

•    Roads
•    Provision of potable water
•    Sewers
•    Housing
•    Electrification

2.      Modernizing and diversifying colonial economies

•    Move away from the export of one mineral resource or agricultural commodity
•    To industrialize or not to industrialize

3.      Expansion & Africanization of Educational Systems

4.      Recruitment & Training of African Governmental
Personnel

5.      Establishment of fair, rigorous judicial systems

•    Customary
•    Religious
•    Western

6.      Managing ethnic and linguistic diversity

7.      Creation of Civic Society & Transparent Democracies

8.      Protecting national sovereignty from mischievous
foreign powers, especially former colonial powers

9.      Development of decolonized national cultures –
African rooted but modern and globally-
oriented

10.  Psychological rehabilitation of populations whose
self-esteem and confidence had been undermined by six decades of colonial racism and cultural denigration

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