Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

John A. Lent

in Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083602
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209114 | DOI:
Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

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To discuss Southeast Asian Independent Cinema is to encounter problems of definition, first, in trying to delineate the region itself, and second, in setting the parameters of independent film. Southeast Asia is a diverse mixture of many languages, cultures, and beliefs pulled together for political convenience; it is a colonial, and later, Cold War construct of Western origins. The region and in turn, its film, are not entities unto themselves; they are inseparable from their Indian, Malay, Chinese, and other roots.

Keywords: Independent Cinema; Southeast Asia; Philippines; Singapore; Indonesia; Thailand; Malaysia

Chapter.  2674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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