Far-flung Families in Film: The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema

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In the age of globalisation, diasporic and other types of transnational family are increasingly represented in films such as East is East, Le Grand Voyage, Almanya – Welcome to Germany, Immigrant Memories, Couscous, When We Leave, Monsoon Wedding and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. While there is a significant body of scholarship on the representation of the family in Hollywood cinema, this is the first book to analyse the depiction of Black and Asian British, Maghrebi French and Turkish German families from a comparative transnational perspective.

Drawing on critical concepts from diaspora studies, anthropology, socio-historical research on diasporic families and the burgeoning field of transnational film studies, this book is an essential read for Film Studies scholars and students who are researching families and issues of race and ethnicity in cinema, the media and visual culture.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9780748642908
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2013


  • migrant cinema, diasporic cinema, transnational cinema, family, weddings, family secrets, family memories, coming-of-age, hybridity, identity

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