Diasporic and Inter-cultural Cinema, the pro’s and the con’s.

Defining diaspora: “diaspora’ is derived from the Greek dia meaning ‘through’, and speirein meaning ‘to scatter’. It embodies the notion of a central home from which the dispersal occurs, and also invokes images of multiple journeys”, stated by Postcolonial theorist Avtar Brah (2003: 616).

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Diasporic and inter-cultural cinema is therefore, cinema that centres around one location but disperses internationally. Fan-bases of Diasporic media are therefore made-up largely of international migrants, as it is a connection to their homeland that is often readily accessible from their new home.

Production of Diasporic cinema is often difficult in considering ethics. Within cinema there is a fine line between representation of culture and mockery of that culture, and this is where problems arise. Although Diasporic media can help cultures understand the values and ethical standards of other cultures, it can also provide audiences with reasons to isolate migrants. For example, if a Bollywood television series aired in the US, social acceptance of Indian migrants among Americans may rise, however Americans may also become more educated about the differences between Western and Indian culture and create discriminative issues as a result. It is important for production of Diasporic media to be well planned and projected into society’s whereby the cinema will discourage cross-cultural discrimination. If consumed correctly, Diasporic media can be an invaluable asset to society worldwide in achieving peace.

Examples of Diasporic media include:

  • Bend it like Beckham
  • Slumdog millionaire
  • Films by Fatih Akin
  • The Saphires

For more information/references:


Diasporic media:

Bend it like Beckham trailer:


Slumdog millionaire trailer:


The Saphires trailer:


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