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World Cinema and the Essay Film: Transnational Perspectives on a Global Practice

Brenda Hollweg and Igor Krstic


World Cinema and the Essay Film examines the ways in which essay film practices are deployed by transnational filmmakers in specific local and national contexts, in an interconnected world. The book identifies the essay film as a political and ethical tool to reflect upon and potentially resist the multiple, often contradictory effects of globalisation. With case studies of essayistic works by John Akomfrah, Frances Calvert, José Luis Guerín, Jonas Mekas, David Perlov, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Zhao Liang, amongst many others, and with a photo-essay by Trinh T. Minh-ha, the book expands cu ... More

Keywords: Essay film practices, World cinema, Transnational cinema, Globalisation, John Akomfrah, Frances Calvert, David Perlov, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Zhao Liang, Trinh T. Minh-ha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474429245
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brenda Hollweg, editor
University of Leeds

Igor Krstic, editor
University of Stuttgart

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Brenda Hollweg and Igor Krstić

Part One Cinephilic Dialogues

1. The Essay Film and its Global Contexts: Conversations on Forms and Practices

Laura Rascaroli, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Bo Wang and Susana Barriga

Part Two Mobilities and Movements

5. The World Essay Film and the Politics of Traceability

Giorgio Avezzù and Giuseppe Fidotta

Part Three Laboratory of Memories

8. Lovers in Time: An Essay Film of Contested Memories

Thomas Elsaesser and Agnieszka Piotrowska

Part Four Landscapes of Trauma

Part Five Archival Effects

Afterimages: A Photo-Essay

End Matter