Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective : Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium)Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective : Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium)
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center (ViDi)
2013Annandale, Va, 2013
Critical studies in media communication. - Annandale, Va
30(2013):4, p. 257-274
University of Antwerp
How and to what extent are diasporic film cultures influenced by power structures and power shifts? This question is addressed in a twofold case study of Moroccan and Indian film structures in the city of Antwerp (Belgium). The analysis presented here is based on 27 semi-structured interviews with experts such as distributors, exhibitors, social workers, and programming managers. The research results, uncovering a complex model of multileveled power structures, demonstrate that developments in diasporic film cultures are not only dependent on homeland production, but are also crucially influenced by local actors, who determine those developments to a large degree. It is further demonstrated that networks of both legal and informal/illegal transnational and transdiasporic circulation play crucial, intertwining roles. The case studies thus show how diasporic media consumption and film in particular can only fully be grasped when attempting to understand the tension between local environment, its position within transnational networks, and homeland industries.