Translation and the visual predicament of the Jesus film in West Africa

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Date:
2008
Conference:
Annual conference of the International Orality Network, Dallas, Texas, USA, International Orality Network, September 15-18, 2008
Extent:
21 pages
Abstract:
How well does the Jesus film communicate cross-culturally? This article shows that much more is communicated through a film’s cinematography than through its spoken message. Cultural differences can cause audiences to misunderstand a message, even if its words are translated into the local language. Localized films that take into account the visual culture of their target audiences are necessary for successful communication.
Description:
This paper was later published in "Missiology: An International Review," Vol. 38, No. 2, April 2010. Some paragraphs were rewritten for this later version. http://www.reap.insitehome.org/handle/9284745/42110
Publication Status:
Published
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Subject:
Jesus Film
Communication of the gospel
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Entry Number:
50333