Innovation over Imitation in Popular Cinema Beyond the West
Film screening/discussion+Workshop - 7 to 8 October, 2016
Institute for Global Cinema and Creative Cultures, University of St Andrews
We seek to challenge the traditional vantage points of the West as the 'source' of global 'derivatives' with academics from the St Andrews' Department of Film Studies community, such as Prof. Dina Iordanova, Dr Dennis Hanlon and Dr Anjua Jain, guests such as Dimitris Eleftheriotis (Glasgow), Iain Robert Smith (London), Savas Arslan (Istanbul), Ahmet Gürata (Ankara) and Turkish-German director Cem Kaya, as well as the amazingly diverse cohort of our PhD students, including contributions related to the Gulf countries, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, China, Poland, India, Turkey, and more....
7 October 2016, The Arts Lecture Theatre, 6 p.m.
The event will kick off with a screening of the acclaimed documentary 'Remix, Remake, Ripoff' / 'Motör'(2014), followed by a Q&A session with director Cem Kaya. Cem Kaya's documentary takes us into the heart of the quirky, mysterious, innovative bylanes of the Yeşilçam cinema of Turkey. At once notorious for is "rip-offs" of The Exorcist and Star Wars, yet inherently subversive by using creative means to bypass political censorship, Yeşilçam brought joy, adventure and thrills to generations of Turkish audiences. 'Remix, Remake, Ripoff' is the incredible story of Turkey's popular cinema - 7 years in the making and constructed from hours of archival footage. This screening will be followed by a Q & A with director Cem Kaya.
8 October 2016, Students Union, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A day of provocations, interventions and contributions from international scholars and observers, intended to turn the tables and challenge the traditional patterns that rely on the hierarchical positioning of "originals" from the West and "ripoffs" in global cinema cultures. Along with a special focus on Turkish and Indian popular cinemas, we will explore the 'uplifting lifting' found in the hot territories of other traditions of popular cinema, and will foreground innovation over imitation, making important methodological interventions. The full programme can be found at the end of this message.
The event is open to all interested parties. Join us, as we seek to chart the transnational journey that binds global audiences together through cinematic experiences.
Tickets (inclusive of the screening and conference-day refreshments) are available at: http://onlineshop.st-andrews.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=29&catid=31&prodid=467
Ticket prices: £10 (Regular) £6 (Unwaged/Student)
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