Americo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies Colloquium Presents Lotte Hoek, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Amsterdam

'Unstable Celluloid: Film Projection and the Cinema Audience in Bangladesh'

Mon, October 26, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

dr.  L.E. Hoek
Instituut voor Interdisciplinaire Studies
Afdeling Sociologie en Antropologie

Prins Hendrikkade 189B
1011 TD Amsterdam

OZ Achterburgwal 217-19
1012 DL Amsterdam



I have recently completed my PhD thesis entitled Cut-Pieces: Obscenity and the Cinema in Bangladesh,  which is an ethnography of the Bangladesh film industry. This thesis analyses the controversy over ‘obscenity’ in the Bangladesh film industry. Since the early 1990s, the national film industry of Bangladesh has seen a strong increase in the production of action films that have uncertified material of a sexually explicit or violent nature inserted intoitsreels. Thismaterial is known as ‘cut-pieces’ and is generally considered to be obscene and vulgar (oshlil in Bengali). To investigate this phenomenon, I tracked the entire life-cycle of a single Bangladeshi romantic action film.This film had a number of cut-pieces and its production and consumption practices were mainly given form by these cut-pieces.

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