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Before East was East: British Pakistani Cinema in the 1980s

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British diasporic film has often been seen as a counter-culture to mainstream British cinema. The 1990s however saw the popularisation of particularly British Asian films, leading with the seminal East is East. This lecture is focused on the preceding decade, when British Pakistani films fell under the rubric of ‘Black Britain’. Its aim is to unearth them, study their individual expression and discuss how cinema and representation are connected in regards to this diasporic community. This latter point includes a discussion of homeland – what homes are created and reiterated in front of the lens. Before East was so definitely, so tangibly and so incontrovertibly East, it was a malleable mix of acceptance and rejection – this lecture at its heart asks about the place of ‘home’ and what role visual culture has in defining it.

This talk is part of the Visual Constructions of South Asia (2014-15) series.

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