Socially constructing contexts and imaginations through filmic simulacra: the case of Invictus

Nicholas Wise

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    Abstract

    Geographies and histories are important to acknowledge when viewing filmic productions to understand renditions of places and social groups. Contemporary issues relevant to geography and history are often communicated through a host of visual images – widely and readily accessible. In this regard, films contribute to knowledge of places by creating geographical imaginations, and thus require an interpretation of their content and context. The following commentary assesses the film Invictus, critically examining the role of rugby alongside with racial divisions in South Africa. Geopolitical struggles over nationalism are incorporated to indicate the role of sport pertinent to contexts and representations of international events, domestic politics, and race in South Africa following the period of apartheid.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)146-155
    Number of pages10
    JournalGlobal Media Journal: African Edition
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • film and media
    • social groups
    • geography
    • history
    • South Africa
    • Invictus

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