This course will deal with colonial and postcolonial films from the 1930’s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. We will first examine images of the colonial world in Western cinematography (Gréville, Duvivier, Annaud, Claire Denis). We will then study representations of Africa by early and contemporary African filmmakers such as Sembene Ousmane, Djibril Diop Mambety and Bassek ba Khobbio. Finally, we will turn to recent productions by immigrant artists working in France. Introducing a variety of genres, the course will be organized chronologically and thematically around a cluster of issues, including: exoticism, tradition and modernity, the representation of colonial and postcolonial violence, historiography, gender and sexuality, urban dynamics, migration and nostalgia.