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

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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.

Keywords: Africanicity, black cinemas,
cultural ideologies, conjunctural articulation.

> Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Vol. 44 (1) 2007: pp. 98-109
AJOL African Journals Online