This new book investigates the relationship of film to history, power, memory, and cultural citizenship. The book is concerned with two central issues: firstly, the participation of film and filmmakers in articulating and challenging projects of modernity; and, secondly, the role of film in shaping particular understandings of self and other to evoke collective notions of belonging. These issues call for interdisciplinary and multi-layered analyses that are ideally met through dialogue across place, time, identities and genres. The contributors to this volume enable this dialogue by considering the ways in which cultural expression and identity expressed through film serve to create notions of belonging, group identity, and entitlement within modern societies.
Table of Contents
Film, History, and Cultural Citizenship: An Introduction Section 1: Producing National and Transnational Imaginaries 1. Negotiating Mobile Subjectivities: Costume Play, Landscape, and Belonging in the Colonial Road Movies of Shimizu Hiroshi 2. Moore’s Utopia: Canada in the Cinematic Imagination of Michael Moore 3. Seeing Beneath the Veil: Saira Shah and the Problems of Documentary 4. Textual Communities and Localized Practices of Film in Maoist China 5. Transnational Communities of Affinity: Patricio Guzmán’s The Pinochet Case Section 2: Historical Feeling in the Sites of Production 6. Moving Intimacy: The Betrayals of a Mother called "Yesterday," a Child called "Beauty" and a Father called John Khumalo 7. Queer Grit: Jane West Rides Through the Violence of the Hollywood Western 8. Violence, Gender, and Community in Atanarjuat 9. Memory, Affect, and Personal Modernity: Now, Voyager and the Second World War Section 3: The Culture of Film and the Production of History 10. Alterity, Activism, and the Articulation of Gendered Cinemascapes in Canadian Indian Country 11. The Battle of Algiers: Pentagon Edition 12. Jacob the Liar and Historical Truth in Berlin and Hollywood 13. Abderrahmane Sissako: Les Lieux Provisoires of Transnational Cinema
Tina Mae Chen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and co-ordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism.
David S. Churchill is Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and co-ordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism.