Interstitial filmmaking, spatial displacement and quasi-family ties in Postcards from the Zoo (2012)

Teo, Miaw Lee (2021) Interstitial filmmaking, spatial displacement and quasi-family ties in Postcards from the Zoo (2012). Journal of Chinese Cinemas. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1750-8061

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This article examines Chinese Indonesian filmmaker, Edwin’s feature film, Postcards from the Zoo (2012). The lifting of the media regulations and the resurgence of Chinese identity in the reformasi era, a period after the downfall of Suharto’s government (1966–1998), transformed the filmmaking scene in Indonesia. A young Chinese Indonesian filmmaker, Edwin emerged to take part in independent filmmaking. This article takes into consideration the filmmaker’s ethnic Chinese background and the complexity of his hybrid identity and sense of in-betweenness, which plays an important role in structuring his cinematic practice. Through a close textual analysis of the film, the article interrogates the questions of spatial displacement and the potential of forging quasi-family ties that are not based on ethnic or racial identity. The discussion also focuses on the interstitial mode of production that evidenced through the multiple funding sources received by the film and the various roles the filmmaker plays in the productions. The film, Postcards from the Zoo (2012) shows Edwin works within an interstitial mode of production and, more specifically, the adoption of, what Hamid Naficy has called, “chronotopes of imagined homeland”. This article provides a more in-depth examination of the concept in an attempt to analyse the notion of spatial displacement and interstitiality in Edwin’s filmmaking. Keywords: Interstitial filmmaking, spatial displacement, interstitial mode of production, Chineseness, Chinese Indonesian Films, film analysis

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interstitial filmmaking; spatial displacement; interstitial mode of production; Chineseness; Chinese Indonesian Films; film analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Lee
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 04:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 04:01

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