A NEW WORLD IMAGE ORDER IS EMERGING. And it is not the one George
Bush wanted in 1991. We are looking for submissions for an anthology
called TRANSNATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES to navigate the multiple
relationships between documentaries and the post-cold war world. Old
categories linking documentary to the nation have disintegrated.
Internationally, documentaries have been reconceptualized and
reimained. Generic, psychic and national borders have been crossed.
Still, nationalism has erupted, demanding new political and artistic
tactics to combat murderous us/them splits.
TRANSNATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES explores this newly emerging, explosive
construct of transnationalism in its visual forms. to deconstruct the
complex relationships between political economies andmedia practices,
between transnational capital and transnationalized media, detween
corporate transnationalism and oppositional transnationalism, between
first and third world media, between the nation and some kind of
reimagined internationalism for the 21th century, new analytical
models and visual strategies are needed.
The 1989 Eastern European revolutions, Tiannamen Square in 1989, and
the 1991 Gulf War mark a massive reorganization of geopolitics.
international economics, the international media landscape, and the
nation.Nationalism has escalated both inside and outside our borders.
Bosnia, Neo-nazi movements in Germany, anti-immigration ideologies in
the U.S. and racialized and gendered discourses have fueled ethnic
and racial hatreds unprecedented since W. W. II. Diaspora, exile,
immigration, and migration of large populations from Africa, Latin
America, Eastern Europe, Bosinia, and Asia to the "west" have
irrevocably mutated "national identity" into a transnationalized
hybridity. A plethora of documentary work from all over the world has
erupted in response to these displacements of people and
developments of new international rethinking of politics and media:
Bosnian support films, Latin American video groups, Fourth World
projects, Paper Tiger/Deep Dish, Indian independent film, ew
Phillipino Cinema, US/Mexico border video art, the Trans-Voices
project in France.
TRANSNATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES aims to imagine new connections. To
forge new alliances to defy murderous nationlism. To remake Borders
to create possibilities for social justice. National identites,
national borders and nation states no longer explain these new social
and aesthetic formations.
T. D. argues for imagination and hope in this new world order. Hope
us find these new international documentaries. Write an essay. Join
For further information and proposals to:
John Hess & P. R. Zimmermann
Dept. of Cinema and Photo.
Ithaca, NY 14850
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