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City of Light
The Cultural Practice of Immigrant Filmmaking
The Conditions and Practices of Migrant Minor Cinemas in Sweden 1950-19901089
This book will be released as Open Access. Based on a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council, this book examines 40 years of post-war independent immigrant filmmaking in Sweden. John Sundholm and Lars Gustaf Andersson consider the creativity that lies in the state of exile, offering analyses of over 50 rarely seen immigrant films that would otherwise remain invisible and unarchived. They shed light on the complex web of personal, economic, and cultural circumstances that surround migrant filmmaking, discuss associations that became important sites of self-organization for exiled filmmakers, and explore the cultural practice of minor immigrant cinema archiving. The Cultural Practice of Immigrant Filmmaking applies film theory to immigrant filmmaking in a transnational context, exploring how immigrant filmmakers use film to find a place in a new cultural situation.
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"Compact, yet densely layered. . . . [With] observations that crystallize what makes this overlooked branch of cinema so essential to modern film discourse. . . . In a cinematic landscape where Sweden and Ingmar Bergman are virtually synonymous, this little book offers a stirring reminder that these other pieces of art deserve their own space. They need to be preserved and seen."--Thomas Puhr "Film International "
John Sundholm is chair of the Department of Media Studies and professor of cinema studies at Stockholm University. Lars Gustaf Andersson is professor of film studies at Lund University.
Introduction: The Cultural Practice of Immigrant Filmmaking Film and Theory Minor cinemas, the public sphere and the production of locality Migration and diaspora: Notes on recent research Outline of the book Chapter 1: Migrants' Minor Cinemas: Beyond Accented and Exilic Cinema Accented cinema Minor cinema Beyond textual models of the accented and exilic Chapter 2: Conditions of Production: Immigrant's Associations and Workshops in Sweden Immigration and culture in post-war Sweden Establishing experimental film culture: The Independent Film Group Immigrant film as cultural policy: The Stockholm Film Workshop The momentary agency: Cineco (Cinecooperativo) To be or not to be a filmmaker: Kaledioscope Do it yourself: The Tensta Film Association The production of film, the production of experience and the public Chapter 3: From Avant-garde to Communion: Ten Films by Immigrant Filmmakers in Sweden Fabulations in the minor key Study 1 (Awakening) by Peter Weiss (1952) Alone by the Tensta Film Association (1974) Do You Want to Join Me, Martha? by the Tensta Film Association (1980) Interference by Maureen Paley (1977) The Earthman by Muammer zer (1980) The Mirage by Guillermo lvarez/Cineco (1981) The Sea is Far Away by Reza Bagher (1983) The Promise by Menelaos Carayannis (1984) The Waiting by Myriam Braniff (1989) Five Minutes for the Souls of America by Csar Galindo (1992) Projecting a public, creating a context Chapter 4: The Cultural Practice of Minor Immigrant Cinema Archiving The archival life of cinema The archival trajectories of the immigrant films The Stockholm Film Workshop and immigrant filmmaking Performing accidental archives Dispostif in the making, palimpsests of minor histories and the politics of recognition Conclusion: Immigrant Filmmaking as Minor Cinema Practice