Perspectives on Indigenous language films in the Global South

Book Editors

Osakue Stevenson Omoera, Ph.D.

Faculty of Humanities, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Email: (omoera /at/; (osakueso /at/

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Francoise Ugochukwu, Ph.D.

Research Fellow, Open University (UK); Senior Research Fellow, IFRA (Ibadan) Website:; Email: (fugochukwu /at/; ORCID

Filmmaking is a contemporary development medium which can be used in preserving and archiving, promoting and projecting indigenous languages, cultures, heritages and mores of the many indigenous peoples tucked away in the ‘peripheries’ of 21st century global cinema. In more senses than one, filmmaking is about human development and human development is a story which is told and retold through visual aesthetics for personal or communal edification, enlightenment and education. Thus, film is a window to indigenous cultures, values and heritages which help to shape the consciousness of millions of people in an age where information and communication technologies (ICTs) reign supreme.**

Today, a lot appears to be happening in the film popular culture domain among the indigenous peoples in the Global South that has scarcely received academic attention. It is in this realization that we propose a book project titled “Perspectives on Indigenous Language Films in the Global South.” The intention here is to give a ‘voice’ to the ‘voiceless’, give visibility to the filmmaking activities, filmmakers and their traditions, audiences, among other issues of the so-called cinematic ‘peripheries’, exploring how they stage and perform their indigenousness through their native films. The book shall seek to underscore the existence of a significant corpus of visual literature outside the Hollywood and Bollywood or Western paradigms. It seeks to open a space to discuss alternative sensibilities, sensitivities, aesthetics, meanings, and contexts in filmmaking.

The articles in the book are expected to address the historical, cultural, social, philosophical and linguistic diversities engrained in colonial and postcolonial realities of the Afrikaan, Akan (Twi), Bahasa Indonesia, Bemba, Benin (Edo), Brazilian Portuguese, Chichewa, Cuban Spanish, Dagaare, Dangbe, Ebira, Esan, Epie, Ewe, Fijian, Fulani, Ga,Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hindi, Idoma, Igbo, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Kanuri, Kasem, Kikuyu, Nembe, Nzema, Malay, Pakistani, Papiamentu, Swahili, Tiv, Urhobo, Xhosa, Zulu, among other peoples and languages scattered across the Global South. Essay contributions to the book are expected to be made by film scholars, filmmakers, film critics and theorists, culture administrators and archivists, language and green studies aficionados, from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Essays should be in 12-point Times New Roman, and 7th ed. of APA referencing should be used. Interested contributors should send in their abstracts to the above emails by November 12, 2022, and full papers by March 9, 2023. The book is expected to be published by Adonis and Abbey Publishers, United Kingdom in the last quarter of 2023.