Out of Africa / African Queen

ACTOR 2: Are we just gonna watch some white people fall in love all day? … This is some Out-of-Africa-African-Queen-bullshit y’all are pulling right here, OK?

Out of Africa:

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Out of Africa is a 1985 romantic drama starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. It is based on the true story of a wealthy Dutch woman who moved to British East Africa (now Kenya) to run a coffee plantation with her husband and fell in love with a free-spirited big game hunter.

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The African Queen:

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The African Queen is a 1951 romantic adventure film starring Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Hepburn plays a British missionary who persuades Bogart, a rough riverboat captain, to help her attack German warship in order to avenge her brother’s death. The story takes place in 1914.

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Despite the fact that both of these stories take place in Africa, the focus of both films are the white protagonists’ lives and loves. The African characters are either secondary or essentially non-existent. They are part of Hollywood’s long tradition of telling “the white version” of the story.

Ululating and African Dance

ANOTHER BLACK MAN: …we feast, and women ululate (ACTOR 5 ululates) and dance with naked breasts (ACTOR 5 performs “African” Dance. Others join)

If my sterile definition of ululation [a long, wavering, high-pitched vocal sound resembling a howl with a trilling quality] wasn’t enough for you, here’s a more helpful video:

What’s great about this is it shows there’s no right or wrong way to do it!

Perhaps Actor 5 draws on something like this for her “African” dance:

Maybe she’s taken a class?