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Global cinema is creating a language for conversation about significant issues. 


            (i)  Each year, there are films which evoke deep emotion about themes like globalization and cultural change,    Zhang Ziarui's quiet masterpiece When Ruoma was Seventeen showed globalization, this time, in the hands of a Beijing photographer who plays Enya tapes.  It  shows the complexities of a traditional society like the Hani culture of Ruoma confronting the modern world.   Nonzee Nimibutr's Baytong created the world where Islam and Buddhism intersect in southern Thailand and made a powerful statement about the nature of cultural intersections in a globalizing world.   Film transforms worldviews and it is worth noting specific films whose political importance frame the 21st century political debate 

            (ii)  Film has also become a magnificent and powerful vehicle for teaching history, for debating historical accuracy and historical perspectives.    It is a vehicle for teaching history and transforming our perspectives on how learning interpretive skills can be accomplished without deteriorating into moral relativism.

             (iii)               The entrepreneurial economics of film has made the creation of a film industry a fundamental part of economic growth, whether the Brazilian digital industry or the cottage industry in Kurdistan which has grown up around the introduction of foreign investment and job creation in film-making.   The South Korean film industry has become a cutting-edge cultural force in Asia, demonstrating the potential for a film industry to provide cultural dynamism while managing globalization.

           These trends will be highlighted as frequently as possible in the accompanying Global Cinema updates.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2005 )