Religion , Migration, and media aesthetics : Notes on the circulation and reception of films from Nigeria in Kinshasa

Katrien Pype

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Abstract

In Kinshasa, films originating in Nigeria have become very popular. The author shows that the triad of migration, religion and media liberalization is dialectically related to the emergence of a new social and moral imaginary that, in its turn, has facilitated the reception of « Nollywood » films in Kinshasa. These films have become an intrinsic part of Kinois charismatic Christianity, partly because of local forms of power and authority and, in particular, because of the new position of authority charismatic leaders have acquired. In fact, most of the latter obtained their position because of their familiarity with and proximity to Nigerian Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. The author thus demonstrates how migration and the Christian renewal have transformed the Kinois mediascape in different and unprecedented ways.
Translated title of the contributionReligion , Migration, and media aesthetics : Notes on the circulation and reception of films from Nigeria in Kinshasa
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)30-38
JournalSocial Compass
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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