Posts made in July, 2013

CFP ‘Film Festival Activism: Actors, Spectators, Social Change’

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Celebrity Culture Readers, Our understanding of stable forms of identity and relations often occurs during the production and reception of blockbuster films and  fame-based practices.  Dr Sonia Tascon and  Dr. Tyson Wils appropriately point out that film festivals were originally established to subvert the dominance of Hollywood, promote national cinemas, and empower social change.  Tascon and Wils prompt us to consider critical engagement with the idea of ‘social change’ in human rights / activist film festivals and ask: how do these film festivals encourage the spectator...

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The Exotic ‘Other’ in Hollywood

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Critic's Area | 0 comments

Dear Readers, As you may know, Pitbull has teamed up with former Miss World and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra for new single ‘Exotic’.  For some, Marshall McLuhan’s “global village” may appear closer to a reality in this world.  However, a close reading of the video reveals that the production imagines breaking the world into pieces. Bollywood is a cultural construct in which the place ‘Bombay’ and its lived experiences often disappear in global formats of productions.  It appears to be changing in unique ways that favour multiculturalism.  At the...

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