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Posts from — May 2009

The Politics of Tamil Televison: The Bane of Cross Media Ownership?

I have already written on the the strange political economy of media in Tamil Nadu in several of my earlier posts. Pl. read them before going through the present post.

In a state where every major political party, barring the CPI (M) and CPI, owns one or several channels, depending on their political and financial prowess, the first casualty in the short term appears to be truthful accounts of local, national and international events. [Read more →]

May 30, 2009   1 Comment  

(CFP) Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities

NEMLA, April 7-11 2010, Montreal, Canada

Cinematic Representation of Immigration, Spaces and Identities: The representation of immigration and immigrants through films is very often linked to the space in which they choose to live. How could we define the dynamic between the notions of immigration, spaces and identities through movies in today’s cinema from different countries? How do immigration spaces foster the immigrants that live in them? How do these spaces affect their identity? Do immigrants also reshape the place where they have found asylum? This is the main frame of analysis that this panel will explore. [Read more →]

May 20, 2009   No Comments  

(CFP) Human Rights and Cinema

Virginia Bonner/SAMLA 2009 Conference in Atlanta

In keeping with the theme of the 2009 SAMLA Atlanta convention, this panel seeks papers that address the link between human rights and the humanities via national cinema(s). Possible topics may include but are not limited to: Ethics, Theories of Spectatorship, Documentary, Memory and Trauma, Individual vs. Collective Consciousness, Living in Exile, and Politics and Humanities. By June 14, 2009, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter’s name, academic affiliation and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Virginia Bonner, Clayton State University, at vbonner@clayton.edu

May 20, 2009   No Comments  

Death to film critics: Ebert’s woes

While we are on the topic of critics and criticism, here is a woeful, yet interesting piece by Roger Ebert. He manages to mention evey newspaper and all their very real short-comings when it comes to the state of film criticism, and yet there is a haunting silence on the word limit he manages to follow week after week, film after film.

The article, however, is a great read, and precisely puts down the problems most critics with any love for cinema face. To read more, click here.

May 19, 2009   3 Comments  

Of critics and criticism

One of the founder members of The Independent, UK, David Lister offers a frank description of the state of apple polishing, er film criticism, which could perhaps be now called a universal affliction — journalists who truckle at the sight of film stars and producers. A sample:

I will never forget the press conference given by Charlton Heston a few years ago, when the late actor was still performing. This was the first “question” from a Lebanese film critic: “Mr Heston, you are a god in my country. You are my father, my mother, my sister and my brother.”

For more read here (link)

May 13, 2009   No Comments  

RGV remixes Indian National Anthem

Never far from conrtoversy, Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma announced on Wednesday that the title track of his upcoming film Rann is a reworked version of the Indian national anthem.

The tune remains the same, and the lyrics take off from the original in a way that instead of praising the country, they speak of the current divided reality of India. [Read more →]

May 7, 2009   2 Comments  

Tamil Television and the War in Sri Lanka

These are indeed sad times in the land (TN) where political propaganda of several hues got their expositions and teeming audiences through political films, plays and newspapers since the late 1940s. In the face of the gripping tragedies that are befalling innocent Tamils in the war-torn Srilanka every day, what one encounters in Tamil Nadu is a sordid propaganda game where truths about the goings on in Srilanka have become the casualty. [Read more →]

May 1, 2009   2 Comments