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Contemporary Political Cinema

by Matthew Holtmeier

Contemporary Political Cinema Synopsis

Explores political films that have emerged on the global film festival circuit (1990s-2010s) The political films that have emerged on the global film festival circuit since the 1990s mark a shift in cinematic strategies for critically addressing dominant, militant, or otherwise repressive ideologies. From a focus on the representation of oppression in films like The Battle of Algiers, films such as Timbuktu, Nobody Knows About Persian Cats and Chop Shop now contribute to the active formation of political characters and viewers, a form not fully realized until the 21st century due to shifts in information technologies and resulting political organization. This book demonstrates that a contemporary form of political cinema has emerged, centered on the production of subjectivity and networks of protest, which depicts the active formation of political identities that resonates with off-screen protest movements. Key Features Documents global political cinemas 1990s-2010s Argues for a contemporary shift in understanding political cinemas, beyond Third Cinema and political modernism Offers a new approach to cinematic independence by looking at understudied films, such as North/West African films and Kurdish films Revisits the cinematic politics of Gilles Deleuze

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474477710
Publication date: 30th November 2020
Author: Matthew Holtmeier
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 200 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism, Film theory & criticism,

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Matthew Holtmeier is Assistant Professor at Ithaca College

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