The Semeiotic of Africanicity in Gaston Kaboré’s film Buud Yam

  • Boulou Ebanda de B’béri University of Ottawa
Keywords: Africanicity, black cinemas, cultural ideologies, conjunctural articulation


The film Buud Yam (Gaston Kaboré, 1997) articulates a discursive character suitable for illustrating a semiotics of “Africanicity” in black African cinemas. Through the triadic relation of the signs proposed by Charles S. Peirce and the conjunctural articulation suggested by Stuart Hall, this article wants to unpack the discursive modality of the scriptural articulation, recurrent in Black African cinema. With this methodology, the author illustrates a semiotics overloaded with cultural ideologies that uses the body of the Africans as a transnational vehicle from where materializes the political condition of possibility of Africanicity, as an oppositional expression to the nationalist frameworks and the nationalism paradigms. 

Author Biography

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, University of Ottawa

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri is a Professor of Film, Communication, and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the author of Mapping Alternative Practice of Blackness in Cinema (2006).


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