The single narrative of the African man in Hollywood movies


This will be an analyses of the cultural representation of the African man in Hollywood movies specifically, in the recently released film Beasts of No Nation.[1]



It is evident that our society evolves around the media.[2] What is portrayed in the media, often shapes the perception that people have on certain issues and developments around the world. Media streams such as films are placed in this influential position. Hence, what is portrayed in movies about a society or culture ought to be an accurate depiction. However, in films produced in Hollywood with an African man, the narrative depicts such men as aggressive, machine gun firing, rocket launching dictators who are constantly at war. They are often fighting a Western protagonist who is trying to do something good in the African country. This single narrative is evident in successfully Hollywood movies such as Lord of War,[3]

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