Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Special issue of New Cinemas on ‘Turkish-German Dialogues on Screen’


The special issue of New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (7:1) was guest-edited by Network Leader Daniela Berghahn and was published in August 2009. Its title refers to the multiple dialogues recorded in this issue. These include dialogues between Turkish and Turkish-German filmmakers and the various cross-cultural exchanges that inform their work on the level of creation, production, distribution and reception, as well as dialogues between film scholars from different national and cultural backgrounds - Turkish, German, British and American - all of whom have extensively published on the cinemas under consideration. It also pertains to the 'dialogic tendencies', theorized by Mikhail Bakhtin and Kobena Mercer, in Turkish-German film.   

The volume includes an introduction and the following six articles: 

  • Rob Burns, 'On the streets and on the road: identity in transit in Turkish-German travelogues on screen'
  • Nezih Erdogan, 'Star director as symptom: reflections on the reception of Fatih Akin in the Turkish media'
  • Randall Halle, 'Experiments in Turkish-German film-makig: Ayse Polat, Kutlug Ataman, Neco Celik, Aysun Bademsoy and Kanak Attak'
  • Daniela Berghahn, 'From Turkish greengrocer to drag queen: Reassessing patriarchy in recent Turkish-German coming-of-age films'
  • Asuman Suner, 'Silenced memories: notes on remembering in new Turkish cinema'
  • Savas Arslan, 'The new cinema of Turkey'

Posted by Daniela Berghahn on 28 Sep 2009 •

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