Media Studies Colloquium: Osmotic Cinema: Bonding Cinemas across time and Cultures I Dr Monia Acciari, De Montfort University, UK | 31 March 2021
March 31 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
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Abstract: The increasing emergence of film festivals across the world that are dedicated entirely to non-mainstream Indian cinema are aimed at giving space and transnational authority to independent productions.The vibrant productions of independent Indian cinema have witnessed a rejuvenation of the so-called regional cinemas and some of them, have been able to find an international voice and status, such as the case of Marathi cinema. While historically Bengali cinema was the “go-to” cinema to watch quality films, often inspired by international synergies with well know cinematic traditions that is Neorealism, other industries have been overshadowed by those persuasive histories of encounters between the aesthetic of post-war Italy and the one of a “resilient” India. This talk, seeks to re-interrogate Indian film history and look to uncover transnational connections unexplored so far, to call for a definition of “Osmotic cinema”.
Short Bio : Dr Monia Acciari is an Associate Professor in Film and Television History at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK). She was Visiting Professor at The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (India) in 2019 and had worked widely in the UK and US. Her principal research interests lie in the areas of film and film history; her areas of research are in: Film festival; Bollywood in Europe; new-wave Indian cinema; Indian Film distribution, film restoration and preservation of Indian film heritage and archives. She is Associate director and programmer at the UK Asian Film Festival, co-founder of the South Asian Film Festivals confederation and Director of the Indian Cinema archive at De Montfort University. She has actively worked towards the acquisition of private Indian cinema collections for De Montfort, relevant to the Diaspora in the UK. She has been publishing extensively on film festivals in India, co-edited special issues and is currently working towards her monograph.