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13 The Comings and Goings of Key Scenarios

TV Fiction, Culture, and Transnational Flows in Postcolonial Kinshasa

2. Media Production

3. Product and Content Flows

  1. Katrien Pype

Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems046

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

How to Cite

Pype, K. 2012. The Comings and Goings of Key Scenarios. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. 2:3:13.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

Abstract

On the basis of ethnographic fieldwork with Kinshasa's evangelizing television actors, this chapter describes the shifting production and circulation of religious media in terms of key scenarios for understanding quotidian life in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). It examines how and when local TV serials changed from producing a nationalist narrative toward Pentecostal interpretations of life, death, and the occult. This is related, first, to the generally increased popularity of Pentecostal churches all over sub-Saharan Africa and, second, to the South–South migration of sub-Saharan Africans. Pentecostal leaders occupy prominent positions in the production and circulation of local media. Pastors and other spiritual leaders become patrons, sponsors, and religious protectors for theater groups that produce television. The mobility of religion and of peoples has led to the spread of Nollywood films and to changing media aesthetics in Kinshasa's media world.

Keywords:

  • Congolese media;
  • key scenarios;
  • Nigerian film;
  • Pentacostalism;
  • religious media