Far-flung Families in Film

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


In the age of globalisation, diasporic and other types of transnational family are increasingly represented on film, yet they have been neglected in film studies. Building on her extensive work on migrant and diasporic European cinema, Professor Daniela Berghahn will examine the cinematic representation of British Asian, Maghrebi French and Turkish German families. She sees the preponderance of family narratives as related to the family’s dual function as a prime site of identity formation and as a trope of belonging. By affirming or challenging prevalent media images of immigrants and ethnic minorities, films about diasporic families make important contributions to wider socio-political debates about immigration, cultural diversity and the success or failure of multiculturalism in Europe.

Inaugural Lecture
Period11 Mar 2013