FILM FESTIVAL FILM: UK Premiere and Panel Discussion
We were delighted to launch the SOAS Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies and the ERC-funded project African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies with the UK Premiere of the groundbreaking movie FILM FESTIVAL FILM. We then welcome co-directors Mpumelelo Mcata and Perivi Katjavivi, as well as producer Anna Teeman, to a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A chaired by SOAS Professor of Film and Screen Studies, Lindiwe Dovey.
THE LETTER (2019) – Director Q+A with Film Africa
After an online screening of THE LETTER (2019) on the BFI Player as part of FilmAfrica2020, a Q+A session took place with directors Maia Lekow and Christopher King, protagonist Karisa Kamango, Docubox founder Judy Kibinge and Screen Worlds organiser Lindiwe Dovey.
SYNOPSIS: When Karisa receives a letter from relatives alerting him of accusations of witchcraft levelled against his grandmother, he rushes back home. And so this richly layered documentary unfolds, exposing tensions caused by a volatile mix of Christianity, consumerism, and misogyny. Young Kenyan men accuse their female elders of witchcraft to steal their land, begrudge them for their property because they are women. THE LETTER investigates the colonial triggers and the lingering structural injustices that give life to this unfortunate phenomenon.
For a Collective Common Creativity – Dr Oli Mould
Dr Oli Mould charts a history of self-interest, and posits more empathetic and collective ways of thinking about the self which might foster a collective common creativity.
Many of the current ills of this world – climate change, xenophobic nationalism, mental ill-health epidemics and the rest – can be blamed on a rampant self-interest that has fuelled a growth in neoliberal and populist rapacious capitalism. But this is not inevitable: self-interest is a socio-political ideological tool that has been carefully nurtured over time, and if understood, it can be challenged to create societies that oppose the injustices of capitalism.
Dr Oli Mould is Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. He is the author of Against Creativity (2018, Verso). His latest book Seven Ethics Against Capitalism: Towards a Planetary Commons (Polity Press) will be published in June 2021.
Consuming the ‘West’: Film and Fashion in Japan 1923-39
This inaugural PhD lecture with Dr Lois Barnett examines the interaction between the audience member and Japan’s film and fashion industries between 1923 and 1939, focusing on Western-inspired fashion objects (as opposed to indigenous Japanese items, such as the kimono). She consults surviving films, print media and advertising materials, allowing insights into lost films and the period’s thriving commercial context. The talk is chaired by Dr Marcos Centeno.
Since 2018 CCIMSS has been celebrating the achievements of its research students by holding an annual PhD inaugural lecture in which a recent doctoral student presents their work.
Contemporary Pakistani Film: a discussion with Meenu Gaur and Tabish Habib
CCIMSS and Screen Worlds organised a panel discussion about contemporary Pakistani cinema, with filmmakers Meenu Gaur and Tabish Habib, and moderated by Dr Zebunnisa Hamid (Assistant Professor of Film Studies at LUMS, Pakistan).
In the lead-up to this event we provided links for the award-winning feature film Zinda Bhaag (dir. Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, 2013) – Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars after a gap of more than fifty years – and the short film May I Have this Seat (dir. Tabish Habib, 2020).
Dr Meenu Gaur is a British-Indian-Pakistani filmmaker, artist, and academic. Tabish Habib is an American-Pakistani award-winning filmmaker. Dr Zebunnisa Hamid is Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.
K-Pop Taking Over Global Pop?
In this talk by Kim-Marie Spence – former head of Cultural Industries in Jamaica, co-author of Global Cultural Economy, cultural industries academic and unashamed K-Pop fan – she examines the rise and rise of K-Pop as a global cultural force. She outlines how both the business of K-Pop and Western hegemonic resistance continue to reconfigure global pop music.
The event will be chaired by Dr Caspar Melville (SOAS, co-chair of CCIMSS).
BOOK LAUNCH: The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures
The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Culture (2020, OUP) critically examines and historically reconstructs the visual practices that have accompanied social transformations initiated by communist ideals in various parts of the world in the twentieth century. Bringing together diverse and broadly understood visual texts, including architecture, interior design, cartoons, computer games, fashion, photography, film and television, this volume explores how communism engages the visual.
The speakers are: Aga Skrodzka (Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Clemson University, USA), Xiaoning Lu (Reader in Modern Chinese Culture and Language, SOAS), Katarzyna Marciniak (Professor of Media Arts and Culture, Occidental College, USA), Lindiwe Dovey (Professor of Film and Screen Studies, SOAS) and Dana Healy (Senior Lecturer in Vietnamese, SOAS).
Terraformed: Young black lives in the Inner City
Dr Joy White is a cultural researcher, academic and ethnographer who studies social mobility, urban marginality, youth violence, mental health/wellbeing and urban music.
The author of Urban Music and Entrepreneurship (2018, Routledge) joins us to discuss her highly acclaimed new book, Terraformed (2020, Repeater Books). Combining social history, ethnography and memoir, Terraformed focuses on young black lives in one of London’s most deprived areas, a generation on the frontline of gentrification, finding a way to live with racism, capitalism and austerity, and making their own lives meaningful through music.
Discussing PASSAGES (2019) with Professor Lúcia Nagib
Screen Worlds and CCIMSS are delighted to present a Q&A session with Professor Lúcia Nagib, centred on her film PASSAGES (2019). The renowned Brazilian film scholar Professor Ismail Xavier chaired this event.
PASSAGES (2019) showcases a selection of films in which artforms and media such as poetry, painting, theatre, music, literature, photography, radio and television, appear to function as a ‘passage’ to political and social reality. It interweaves these filmic examples with interviews with 15 exponents of the Brazilian film industry, including Fernando Meirelles, Kléber Mendonça Filho, Tata Amaral and Marcelo Gomes, all of whom are strongly connected with what became known as the Brazilian Film Revival, starting in the mid-1990s.
PASSAGES was made possible thanks to a BOISP (Building Outstanding Impact Support Programme) award from the University of Reading. The film is an output of the AHRC-FAPESP funded Intermidia Project.
Beside the Scenes: A Conversation with Director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
The award-winning filmmaker Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann sits down to discuss her feature-length documentary New Moon (2018) with CCIMSS Co-Chair and Screen Worlds’ Principal Investigator Professor Lindiwe Dovey.
With her deepest instincts guiding her, filmmaker and photographer Ndisi-Herrmann journeys to the stone town of Lamu. A gigantic port project and coal plant are the threatening external elements though the real disruption is that of Philippa’s internal journey. Her search takes her to Raya and her young son, Ahmed. It is in their home that she finds a narrative anchor and a more personal entry point into the mysteries of this old town.
Media, ‘Diversity’ and Racial Capitalism – Dr Anamik Saha
Drawing on his recent AHRC-funded project ‘Rethinking Diversity in Publishing’, based on interviews with over 100 professionals in the UK publishing industry, Dr Anamik Saha critically explores the ‘diversity’ paradigm that characterises creative industries policy. He explores how ‘diversity’ is understood and operationalised within UK publishing, and what this reveals about the nature of racial capitalism within the current conjuncture.
Dr Anamik Saha is Senior lecturer in Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he co-convenes the MA in Race, Media and Social Justice. His book Race and the Cultural Industries (Wiley) was published in 2017.