In this episode of HSHR, Dr Nisa Paleker from The Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria, talks to us about the value of film in the study of History. Dr Paleker sheds some light on how film can be used in historical study by focusing on film as a source of history, film as history and film in history.
Our discussion mostly centres on film as a representation of the social structures of the time, mostly focusing on the South African context. Topics explored range from African cinema and the B-scheme film subsidies of the 1970s all the way to fourth wave feminism within the film industry. We really did take quite a walk in this one, showing just how widespread and entrenched film is within society, and how necessary the study of film is within history.
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