Brian Smithson

Student

Office Hours: 

Wednesday & Thursday, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM, or by appointment

Overview

My work focuses on Yorùbá movie production along the Benin–Nigeria border. I explore how this small-scale moviemaking allows producers to negotiate strategies for peaceful Christian–Muslim coexistence, express mutual veneration for indigenous Yorùbá divinities, and form new connections between rural production sites and the world beyond. In this way, moviemakers claim a more ethical cosmopolitanism that rebuts the attitudes of the larger film industries that surround them, Nigeria's Nollywood and Benin's state-funded art cinema.

aesthetics
cosmopolitanism
media
religious encounter
West Africa