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The Asian-African Film Connection: Cross-Cultural Imaginaries, Shared Sources, Parallel Histories

Collection launched: 08 Mar 2021

The four, co-authored articles presented here emerged out of a one-day workshop held at SOAS in July 2018, called “The Asian-African Film Connection” – an event specifically designed to bring UK-based scholars of Asian and African film into conversation with one another, to explore cinematic sources, themes and aesthetics that both link and divide these two regions, against a backdrop of our broader marginalisation within mainstream Film and Screen Studies. Ultimately, this is the first beginning step towards our goal is to take on the stimulating but often difficult work of collaboration and co-authorship with one another, across diverse regions and intersectional identities, to challenge a ‘lone ranger’ approach to knowledge production and to insist that the dreams of decolonisation can only be achieved if we work towards them collectively.

Guest edited by: Lindiwe Dovey is Professor of Film and Screen Studies at SOAS University of London. Originally from South Africa, she is a film scholar, curator, and filmmaker whose main region of focus has been sub-Saharan Africa. She was the co-founding director of both the Cambridge African Film Festival and Film Africa. She has published widely on screen media, film adaptation, representations of violence in film (and literature), and film festivals and curatorial practices. Her most recent book is Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which launched Palgrave's "Film Festival" series. Her current research interests include: comparative cinemas (particularly focusing on the Global South and former socialist bloc); contemporary global television drama in relation to gender; and how internet television and video-on-demand platforms are affecting the distribution, discovery and curation/aggregation of audiovisual storytelling. She is a member of the Decolonising SOAS working group and is involved in several activist and pedagogical projects on this front. From 2019-2024 she is the Principal Investigator for the ERC-funded project “African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies”.

Kate Taylor-Jones is Professor of East Asian Cinema at The University of Sheffield, UK. She has published on topics including colonial Japanese and Korean cinema, cinema and landscape in East Asia, and domestic violence and the sex trade. She is author of Divine Work: Japanese Colonial Cinema and its Legacy (2017) and editor-in-chief of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. She is co-editor of International Cinema and the Girl: Local Issues, Transnational Contexts (2015) and Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: New Takes on Fallen Women (2017). From 2019-2024 she is the Senior Researcher for the ERC-funded project “African Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies”.