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Conflict and Controversy in Small Cinemas


Edited By Janina Falkowska and Krzysztof Loska

This book examines small cinemas and their presentation of society in times of crisis and conflict from an interdisciplinary and intercultural point of view. The authors concentrate on economic, social and political challenges and point to new phenomena which have been exposed by film directors. They present essays on, among others, Basque cinema; gendered controversies in post-communist small cinemas in Slovakia and Czech Republic; ethnic stereotypes in the works of Polish filmmakers; stereotypical representation of women in Japanese avant-garde; post-communist political myths in Hungary; the separatist movements of Catalonia; people in diasporas and during migrations. In view of these timely topics, the book touches on the most serious social and political problems. The films discussed provide an excellent platform for enhancing debates on politics, gender, migration and new aesthetics in cinema at departments of history, sociology, literature and film.

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Table of Contents

Janina Falkowska


Part 1: Politics in Small Cinemas

Iwona Kolasińska-Pasterczyk

1.    A call for freedom in the Spanish cinema (from a local perspective)

Karolina Kosińska

2.    The troubled image: The conflict in Northern Ireland as seen by the Irish and the British

Katixa Agirre

3.    Are they terrorists or victims? Basque cinema, violence and memory

Gorka Etxebarria and Josu Martinez

4.    A traditional stereotype for modern Spanish politics: The Basque pro-independence coalition Herri Batasuna and its depiction in cinema

Iratxe Fresneda & Amaia Nerekan

5.    New content and aesthetics in small cinemas: The case of the Basque-language films 80 egunean and Loreak

Paulina Cichoń

6.    The image of living of local people in the film Timbuktu: Between the literal and the symbol

Part 2: Gender and Sexuality

Jana Dudková

7.    Tourists, migrants and travellers: The role of women in reshaping Slovak (cinematic) identity

Katarína Mišíková

8.    Reality of corporeality: Female corporeality in recent Slovak social film dramas

Sebastian Jagielski

9.    Before coming out: Queer representations in contemporary Polish cinema

Bartłomiej Nowak

10.  To be or not to be yourself: Turkish diaspora and the foreign land – stereotypes, nation and (hetero)norms

Part 3: Stereotypes and Social Polarities

Jadwiga Hučková

11.  Exposed and concealed Roma conflict: Representation of contemporary Roma conflicts in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary

Iwona Grodź

12.  Stereotypes and attempts at challenging them in Papusza (2013) by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze

Part 4: Theory and Small Cinemas

Krzysztof Loska

13.  Migrants and exiles in the films by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

Agnieszka Kiejziewicz

14.  From controversy to contemplation: The thematic areas of the new Japanese avant-garde and experimental film in comparison to the “old masters” of Japanese avant-garde

Janina Falkowska

15.  Mockumentary cinema and its political might: Self-reflexivity and carnivalesque in the films of Michael Moore and Sacha Baron Cohen

Part 5: Aesthetics of New Small Films

Phil Mann

16.  De-centered subversion: Hukkle and the challenging of revisionist historiography

Chris LaLonde

17.  “I don’t know”: Linking past and present, the personal and the nation, and movement in Sterlin Harjo’s This May be the Last Time

Ilona Copik

18.  Post-industrial landscape in the “Silesian cinema”: Between the aesthetic and cultural experience

Marta Stańczyk

19.  Once upon a time there used to live a people… Neighborhooders and The Heritage as fairy tales about the Polish “excluded”