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Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective: Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium)

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How and to what extent are diasporic film cultures influenced by power structures and power shifts? This question is addressed in a twofold case study of Moroccan and Indian film structures in the city of Antwerp (Belgium). The analysis presented here is based on 27 semi-structured interviews with experts such as distributors, exhibitors, social workers, and programming managers. The research results, uncovering a complex model of multileveled power structures, demonstrate that developments in diasporic film cultures are not only dependent on homeland production, but are also crucially influenced by local actors, who determine those developments to a large degree. It is further demonstrated that networks of both legal and informal/illegal transnational and transdiasporic circulation play crucial, intertwining roles. The case studies thus show how diasporic media consumption and film in particular can only fully be grasped when attempting to understand the tension between local environment, its position within transnational networks, and homeland industries.
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COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITIES, ECONOMY, SPACES, Media and diaspora, cinema and diaspora, multi-level analysis, Moroccan diaspora, Indian diaspora

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Smets, Kevin, Iris Vandevelde, Philippe Meers, et al. “Diasporic Film Cultures from a Multi-level Perspective: Moroccan and Indian Cinematic Flows in and Towards Antwerp (Belgium).” CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION 30.4 (2013): 257–274. Print.
APA
Smets, Kevin, Vandevelde, I., Meers, P., Vande Winkel, R., & Van Bauwel, S. (2013). Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective: Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium). CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION, 30(4), 257–274.
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Smets, Kevin, Iris Vandevelde, Philippe Meers, Roel Vande Winkel, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2013. “Diasporic Film Cultures from a Multi-level Perspective: Moroccan and Indian Cinematic Flows in and Towards Antwerp (Belgium).” Critical Studies in Media Communication 30 (4): 257–274.
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Smets, Kevin, Iris Vandevelde, Philippe Meers, Roel Vande Winkel, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2013. “Diasporic Film Cultures from a Multi-level Perspective: Moroccan and Indian Cinematic Flows in and Towards Antwerp (Belgium).” Critical Studies in Media Communication 30 (4): 257–274.
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Smets K, Vandevelde I, Meers P, Vande Winkel R, Van Bauwel S. Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective: Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium). CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION. 2013;30(4):257–74.
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K. Smets, I. Vandevelde, P. Meers, R. Vande Winkel, and S. Van Bauwel, “Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective: Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium),” CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 257–274, 2013.
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  abstract     = {How and to what extent are diasporic film cultures influenced by power structures and power shifts? This question is addressed in a twofold case study of Moroccan and Indian film structures in the city of Antwerp (Belgium). The analysis presented here is based on 27 semi-structured interviews with experts such as distributors, exhibitors, social workers, and programming managers. The research results, uncovering a complex model of multileveled power structures, demonstrate that developments in diasporic film cultures are not only dependent on homeland production, but are also crucially influenced by local actors, who determine those developments to a large degree. It is further demonstrated that networks of both legal and informal/illegal transnational and transdiasporic circulation play crucial, intertwining roles. The case studies thus show how diasporic media consumption and film in particular can only fully be grasped when attempting to understand the tension between local environment, its position within transnational networks, and homeland industries.},
  author       = {Smets, Kevin and Vandevelde, Iris and Meers, Philippe and Vande Winkel, Roel and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1479-5809},
  journal      = {CRITICAL STUDIES IN MEDIA COMMUNICATION},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {257--274},
  title        = {Diasporic film cultures from a multi-level perspective: Moroccan and Indian cinematic flows in and towards Antwerp (Belgium)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2012.672758},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2013},
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