"Ouaga Saga," Magical Realism, And Postcolonial Politics

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Winter 2008

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Research In African Literatures


Ouaga Saga (2004), a popular rags-to-riches comedy, uses representations of the city, youth culture, and cinema to set the stage for a modern magical saga by Burkinabè director Dani Kouyaté. This article examines how magical realism can be harnessed as a tool for postcolonial cinema. It argues more specifically how magical realism assuages violence in the urban center Kouyaté depicts and renders visible the postcolonial politics in the everyday lives of a group of resourceful boys, their family, and neighborhood.

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