This dossier takes up a different sort of topic from our dossiers past: we will be discussing cinema, which Lenin called “the most important of the arts”, from the perspective of independent and revolutionary cinema. Independent and revolutionary cinema was the result of the demand of the oppressed to tell their own stories against the hegemonic commercial cinema. As with dossiers past, we hope for your support with this dossier which is a small contribution to and the result of our search for an answer to the need to look at the practical experience of this cinema in practice from diverse fronts.
Just as every hegemony gives rise to its own opposition, so too did commercial cinema, since its first days of emergence in the United States of America where, following its invention by Edison, it was converted into a money machine for the newly established studios and became perhaps the largest part of the entertainment industry. Against the major studios and companies, among initiatives for independent studios came the progressive, realist cinematic trends of Europe, and in criticism of them, discovering a revolutionary direction in cinema came the rise of the Third Cinema. Carrying the economic, political, and cultural influences of the periods in which they found themselves, the history of revolutionary and independent cinema has continued up until the present day.
Below you may find our recommended topics. We are also open to suggestions of your contributions along the lines of other topics other than those named below.
The film industry from the US studio system to today’s independent studios
European art cinema and realist cinematic trends
The first years of Soviet cinema and Soviet cinematic technology
Third Cinema of Latin America and Africa
Independent and revolutionary cinema in Turkey (from the Young Cinema Movement to Yılmaz Güney, from the New Turkish Cinema to the New Cinema Movement)
Kurdish cinema, discussions of national and post-national cinema
The revolutionary possibilities of documentary film
Trends in documentary film
Possibilities for the mutual influence of documentary and fiction
Guerrilla film production
Cinema and the practice of confrontation, the social possibilities of cinema
The Rojava film commune and similar cinema collectives
Cinema as a tool of propaganda
Criticisms and analytical writings on diverse examples of independent and revolutionary films
Deadline for submissions:December 1st for Turkish pieces.
November 20th for pieces to be translated into Turkish.