Title

Living with diversity: what difference can film-making make?

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook

Publication Date

10-2009

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

9

Last Page

27

Keywords

Canada, Danish film culture, documentary film, film and cultural policy, globalisation, multiculturalism

Abstract

When it comes to meeting the multicultural challenge that currently confronts some of the smaller European nations, film-making has an important role to play. For a variety of reasons, documentary film-making has a particularly significant contribution to make. With its capacity to bring the concrete other into clear focus and its emphasis on basic epistemological norms, a properly assertoric approach to film-making helps to counteract stereotyped thinking while encouraging depth of understanding. In contexts characterized by thoughtful cultural policy, by visionary programming efforts, and by a clear sense of the opportunities that new platforms for debate and exchange afford, documentary film-making emerges as a particularly powerful means of both forging and strengthening the social bonds on which civil society be it local, regional, or global depends.

DOI

10.1386/nl.7.9_1

Print ISSN

1601829x

Publisher Statement

Northern Lights Volume 7 © 2009 Intellect Ltd

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Recommended Citation

Hjort, M. (2009). Living with diversity: what difference can film-making make? Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook, 7(1), 9-27. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/nl.7.9_1