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Journeys on ScreenTheory, Ethics, Aesthetics$
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Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421836

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.001.0001

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Diasporic Dreams and Shattered Desires: Displacement, Identity and Tradition in Heaven on Earth

Diasporic Dreams and Shattered Desires: Displacement, Identity and Tradition in Heaven on Earth

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(p.50) Chapter 3 Diasporic Dreams and Shattered Desires: Displacement, Identity and Tradition in Heaven on Earth
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Journeys on Screen
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Clelia Clini

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.003.0004

In Cartographies of Diaspora Avtar Brah writes that “at the heart of the notion of diaspora is the image of a journey” (1996:182). Indeed, the image of the journey is a dominant feature of filmic renditions of the diasporic experience, be it the one offered by Indian popular cinema or by South Asian diasporic filmmakers. This chapter analyses the representation of the diasporic experience offered by Deepa Mehta’s film Heaven on Earth (2008) as a text which engages with issues of displacement, home and belonging by focusing on the situation of a working-class family in the diasporic space of Canada. The analysis focuses in particular on the intersection of issues of displacement and identity with questions of gender and class, and on the use of tradition as a simultaneously constraining and liberating force.

Keywords:   Diaspora, displacement, tradition, identity, gender, India

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