The Ghost in the Projector: New Pakistani Cinema & its Hauntings

Gaur, Meenu and Madani, Adnan. 2020. The Ghost in the Projector: New Pakistani Cinema & its Hauntings. In: Vazira Zamindar and Asad Ali, eds. Love, War & Other Longings: Essays on Cinema in Pakistan. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press Pakistan, pp. 48-72. ISBN 9780190701857 [Book Section]

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A collection of essays on Pakistani Cinema, edited by the organisers of the Harvard-Brown Pakistani film festival.

Has there been a ‘revival’ of Pakistani cinema? Or can the very question be put to scrutiny? Can we think beyond a national cinema, and instead simply think with films to explore the fraught politics and aspirations of our times? Love, War & Other Longings brings together historians, anthropologists, artists, and film-makers to offer new lines of enquiry that probe the tensions between cinema’s past and present, absences and the archive, seduction and respectability, class and consumption, as well as genre and censorship. At times experimental in form, the essays seek to draw readers into conversations that engage political theory and postcolonial history, and become part of ongoing writing, thinking, and the making of films in Pakistan and the global south more broadly.

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March 2020Published

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15 Aug 2018 13:30

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