n Latin American Report - The fantastic subversion of censorship in the film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom
|Article Title||The fantastic subversion of censorship in the film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Latin American Report|
|Affiliations||1 Midlands State University, Zimbabwe|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||288 - 297|
This article explores how the film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom challenges and subverts political censorship in Zimbabwe by deploying fantasy expressed through the art of junkimation. Fantasy is a fictive projection of one's imagination and an art for contemplating alternative ways of explaining the world of the 'real'. The fantastic world created through The Legend of the Sky Kingdom imagines a new life in Zimbabwe; a life of anticipatory allegories of peace and prosperity. The argument projected through this article is that although animation is relegated to the margins of low culture of trivial entertainment or childish amusement, its use of fictive elements of fantasy opens up spaces of difference, and of struggle. Spaces of struggle make cartoon characters covertly undermine state restrictions as well as challenge the ideological shibboleths of power by narrating alternative histories and memories. The capacity of the film The Legend of the Sky Kingdom to tell alternative truths, and imagines a new Zimbabwe free of political persecution is what makes its discourses subversive, and a target for political censorship.
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