World Cinema and the afterlife of the tripartite world order

Tuesday Seminar
Event Speaker: 
Feroz Hassan
Event Time: 
03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Event Venue: 
LH 534 (Unusual venue)

World Cinema and the afterlife of the tripartite world order

This talk looks at the afterlife of the discourse of Third Cinema in the present global geopolitical and economic order, with a focus on how the newly emergent alternative-production space in India navigates this afterlife. Third Cinema became one of the casualties of the neoliberal economic order that emerged at the end of the Cold War; the same time that the alternate production space in India shrunk dramatically. Now, as Indian alternate cinemas have reemerged and move through the global film festival circuit, itself transformed by digital currents, this talk compares two of these films with two Brazilian films of recent years for traces of the fate of the project of postcolonial solidarities. The comparative framework is meant to highlight the consciousness and dilemmas that the present wave of Indian alternate cinemas shares with similar cinemas from other parts of the Global South within the neoliberal geopolitical order. Brazil, in particular, offers a good parallel to Indian concerns as some of its films confront similar social upheavals in the aftermath of economic liberalisation.

Feroz Hassan is Assistant Professor (English) at IIT-Kanpur. He works on the history of film theory, with a focus on the shifting conceptions of aesthetic politics