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Film, Religion and Activist Citizens An ontology of transformative acts

By Milja Radovic Copyright 2017
    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Film can be a socio-political and artistic-transformative cultural practice through which acts and activism are performed. Going beyond ideological constructs of activism and legal definitions of citizenship, this book offers a novel approach to understanding the ontology of acts and activist citizenship, particularly in the context of their expression through film.

    The author approaches film as act and focuses on the scene of film as a space that goes beyond representation, constituting its own reality through which activist citizens emerge. By looking at autonomous creative acts through a range of directors' works from across the world, the author explores both the ontological and ontic dimensions of transformative acts of citizenship. In doing this the author poses the question of whether citizens are stepping out of dominant cultural ideologies to overcome social, ethnic, religious and economic divisions.

    This book is a fresh exploration of the ontology of acts and is essential reading for any academic interested in religion, theology, film and citizenship studies.


    Introduction: Acts, Film, Religion: Context and Perspectives

    1 Constituting a Figure of an Activist Citizen

    2 I Act – Therefore I Am

    3 I Create Therefore I Am: Towards The Cinema of Act

    4 Constructing Activism Through Film: Creation of New Scene

    5 Creation of Space – Unbroken Links Between the Citizens: Ana Arabia

    6 Acts of Citizenship And The Foreign "Other": Circles

    7 Enacting (European) Citizenship Through Film: Inferno

    8 Creating A Rupture: Wadjda

    9 Conclusion: Creative Acts, Transformation and Activist Citizens


    Milja Radovic is an academic working in the interdisciplinary field of religion, media and citizenship studies. Her academic studies traverse several fields, including citizenship, nationalism, conflict, peacebuilding and visual arts, gender studies, transnational cinema and ideology. Alongside her academic work she is actively engaged with the public sector, being an active member of Interfilm and serving as a juror at several International film festivals.

    ‘This book opens a new archive in which to investigate how creative and transformative acts of citizenship are performed. Through rich interpretations of carefully selected films Radovic constitutes filmmakers as activist citizens and the film as a site of activism. It is a genuine pleasure ‘seeing’ these films in a whole new way where scenes of making rights claims come alive. It is a splendid performance itself.’

    Engin Isin, Professor in International Politics, Queen Mary University of London and University of London Institute in Paris


    ‘The book is intellectually lively, well grounded in theory, and balanced with approachable and methodologically sound case studies.’

    Diana Murtaugh Coleman in Reading Religion