Journal article / Empathetic Networks in Malayalam Short Films from the Gulf

Mini, Darshana Sreedhar. ‘Transnational Ethical Screens: Empathetic Networks in Malayalam Short Films from the Gulf’. Film History 32, no. 3 (2020): 141-69.
Abstract: This paper explores the emergence of ethical and empathetic modes of transnationality in the specific context of Malayali diasporic media in the Middle Eastern Gulf.
Through a combined analysis of short films, literature, advertisements, bureaucratic policies, and ethnographic vignettes, this paper looks at the figure of the migrant labourer as both a social force and a media object around which ideas of justice and empathy cohere.
I argue that such film and media constitute a mediated vision of ethical transnationalism—one that bypasses the red tape of the state and instead emphasizes an affective recognition of the other.

Reposted from Kerala Scholars eGroup

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