HIV and AIDS in three Cameroon fiction films: a thematic analysis

Show simple item record Wirsiy, Bernard Bongkisheri 2012-01-10T08:20:11Z 2012-01-10T08:20:11Z 2012-01-10
dc.description M.A. Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract This research work has been done with the intention of exploring the manner in which the medium of fiction film is used in Cameroon to represent issues relating to HIV and AIDS by identifying and discussing some of the themes that are usually addressed in these films, the nature of the information that they provide and how the characters that are either infected or affected by HIV and AIDs are portrayed within the narratives of these films through the analysis of three case studies namely A Giant Broom, Forsaken Rose and SIDA au Village. This research identifies both the shortcomings as well as the successes of the fiction films in their effort to inform, educate and create awareness of HIV and AIDS issues, and also offers suggestions that could improve aspects of representation of HIV and AIDS in fiction films in order to improve upon the effectiveness of the messages that reach the audiences, with the intention of supplying them with good education. The research used the method of an interpretative textual analysis of the selected case studies, with emphasis on the themes and the characters presented within the narratives of these case studies that related to issues of HIV and AIDS. The research analysed the representation of three aspects in these films namely modes of HIV and AIDS transmission, stigmatisation, and counselling and living with HIV and AIDS. From the analysis, the research found out that the fiction films in Cameroon have been contributing to the campaign on HIV and AIDS prevention and education through the messages on HIV and AIDS that are incorporated within their narratives. Nevertheless, these efforts by the fiction films still leave much to be desired. It is for this reason that the research has offered some suggestions that could be vital in improving this campaign on HIV and AIDS prevention and education by fiction films in Cameroon. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title HIV and AIDS in three Cameroon fiction films: a thematic analysis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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