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ERIC Number: EJ799170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
The Journey Is the Film Is the Journey: Michael Winterbottom's "In This World"
Farrier, David
Research in Drama Education, v13 n2 p223-232 Jun 2008
This essay examines Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film "In This World," which follows the journey of two Afghan migrants from Peshawar to London. Winterbottom's preparation involved travelling from London to Peshawar and then in reverse overland as far as Istanbul; he then returned to Peshawar and filmed the same journey using two non-professional actors, one of whom replicated the journey once filming was completed, to claim asylum in London. I read the way in which the contexts of the film's production repeat and reverse the journey of its subject as a form of chiasmus, a rhetorical strategy identified by Henry Louis Gates and others as a means of reclaiming a subject status from an experience of displacement. In "In This World," however, chiasmus signifies not the potential for the displaced to redefine themselves but a condition of perpetual displacement. I explore the way in which the filmmaker's notion of a production that continually crosses between genres has different implications for the film and its subject, and how the depiction of space and movement is determined by very different experiences of the exclusionary powers of Nation and State on the part of filmmaker and migrant. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Istanbul); United Kingdom (London)