An Accented Cinema : Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking

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In An Accented Cinema, Hamid Naficy offers an engaging overview of an important trend–the filmmaking of postcolonial, Third World, and other displaced individuals living in the West. How their personal experiences of exile or diaspora translate into cinema is a key focus of Naficy's work. Although the experience of expatriation varies greatly from one person to the next, the films themselves exhibit stylistic similarities, from their open- and closed-form aesthetics to their nostalgic and memory-driven multilingual narratives, and from their emphasis on political agency to their concern with identity and transgression of identity. The author explores such features while considering the specific histories of individuals and groups that engender divergent experiences, institutions, and modes of cultural production and consumption. Treating creativity as a social practice, he demonstrates that the films are in dialogue not only with the home and host societies but also with audiences, many of whom are also situated astride cultures and whose desires and fears the filmmakers wish to express.
Comparing these films to Hollywood films, Naficy calls them "accented." Their accent results from the displacement of the filmmakers, their alternative production modes, and their style. Accented cinema is an emerging genre, one that requires new sets of viewing skills on the part of audiences. Its significance continues to grow in terms of output, stylistic variety, cultural diversity, and social impact. This book offers the first comprehensive and global coverage of this genre while presenting a framework in which to understand its intricacies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691043914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691043913
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Customer Reviews

Interesting Academic read

One person found this helpful.
 on September 5, 2010
By kathy
This book is very interesting and provides insight into accented films. It is, however, academic based and not light reading. It is vital that one watches the movies he discusses to fully understand what Naficy is describing throughout the book.

Insightful look into developing film genre

7 people found this helpful.
 on January 2, 2002
This books offers an interesting look into the world of Accented Cinema. It skillfully defines the genre and gives wonderful examples of its characteristics via a wide variety of exilic and diasporic films from all over the world. Some knowledge of the film industry is virtually a necessity to comprehend this in-depth masterpiece; moreover, readers will gain the most from this book if they have viewed a substantial amount of what would be considered “art-house” and foreign films. This is very thick reading designed for academic and theoretical purposes, not for a relaxing pleasure read, but having said that, the material is quite interesting and it is difficult to find other books on non-mainstream cinema that explore such a wide variety of films.

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