Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the Margins of Europe

Cypriot Cinemas: Memory, Conflict, and Identity in the Margins of Europe

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Overview

Cyprus, the idyllic “island of Aphrodite,” is better known as a site of conflict and division between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, rather than for its film production. Constandinides and Papadakis work to rectify this dearth of information by discussing the ouevre of filmmakers engaging with the island's traumatic legacies: anti-colonial struggles, post-colonial instability, interethnic conflict, external interventions and war. Starting with the cinema of the 1960s, when the island became a republic, the collection focuses on the recent decades of filmmakers exploring issues of conflict, memory, identity, nationalism, migration and gender, as well as the work of filmmakers who chose to cooperate across the ethnic divide. Cypriot Cinemas utilizes a methodology that engages all necessary perspectives for an illuminating critical discussion: historical, theoretical and comparative (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot films in relation to regional film cultures/practices). While the volume develops a discussion based on the reading of the political in Cypriot films, it also looks at other film cultures and debates such as (s)exploitation films and transnational cinema.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501319969
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/19/2016
Series: Topics and Issues in National Cinema
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Costas Constandinides is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the author of From Film Adaptation to Post-celluloid Adaptation (Continuum, 2010).

Yiannis Papadakis is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He is author of Echoes from the Dead Zone: Across the Cyprus Divide (2005), co-editor of Divided Cyprus: Modernity, History and an Island in Conflict (2006), editor of a special issue of Postcolonial Studies (2006) on Cyprus and co-editor of Cyprus and the Politics of Memory (2012).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Scenarios of History, Themes and Politics in Cypriot Cinemas
Costas Constandinides, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, and Yiannis Papadakis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

1. Archive, Evidence, Memory, Dream: Documentary Films on Cyprus
Elizabeth Anne Davis, Princeton University, USA

2. Aesthetics, Narratives and Politics in Greek Cypriot Films: 1960-1974
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, and Nicos Philippou, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

3. Cyprus Past, Present and Future: The Dervis Zaim Trilogy
Laurence Raw, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey

4. Tormenting History: The Cinemas of the Cyprus Problem
Costas Constandinides, University of Nicosia, Cyprus and Yiannis Papadakis, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

5. Transnational Views from the Margins of Europe: Globalization, Migration and Post-1974 Cypriot Cinemas
Costas Constandinides, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

6. Women and Gender in Cypriot Cinema: (Re)claiming Agency Amidst the Discourses of its Negation
Nayia Kamenou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

7. Postscript Cypriot Cinemas: Borders of Categories and Categories of Borders
Costas Constandinides, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

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