The Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) at the University of Roehampton is pleased to invite you to attend the forthcoming research seminar:
Professor Yosefa Loshitzky
Wednesday 28th March
Queen's Building room QB.254
University of Roehampton, London
Title: "Popular Cinema as Popular Resistance: Avatar in the Palestinian (Imagi)nation"
All are welcome.
Please see the abstract and speaker biog below:
Most of the readings of Avatar as a subversive film focus on the alleged critique provided by the film on predatory corporate capitalism, the destruction of the environment and the planet, the colonization and annihilation of indigenous people, and the militarization of the globe through the security bubble generated by disaster capitalism. As such, the film has been read allegorically as anti-corporatist, anti-capitalist, anti-militarist and anti-colonialist-imperialist text which champions the environment and the rights of indigenous people (and non-human animals) against the alliance of the military-industrial complex with science and technology. This presentation focuses on how the major interpretative frameworks of reading Avatar against the grain of the Hollywood blockbuster resonate with the Palestinian condition and therefore made the film popular with the Palestinian non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation and colonization.
Yosefa Loshitzky is Professor of Film, Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London. She is the author of The Radical Faces of Godard and Bertolucci (1995), Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen (2001), Screening Strangers: Migration and Diaspora in Contemporary European Cinema (2010), the editor of Spielberg’s Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler’s List (1997) and a guest editor of a special issue of Third Text on Fortress Europe: Migration, Culture, Representation (2006).
For further details on the CRFAC seminar series at Roehampton, please contact Dr Iain Robert Smith [log in to unmask]
We hope to see you there.
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