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THE CHILD IN WORLD CINEMA edited collection

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

A new collection edited by Debbie Olson, The Child in World Cinema, will be published by Lexington Books this month. I contributed a chapter called "Abandon the Young in Tokyo: Yoshitaro Nomura's The Demon and Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows", in which I look at the phenomenon of child abandonment in postwar Japan and how it's represented in these two excellent films.

Kichiku / The Demon

Notes from the publisher:

This collection seeks to broaden the discussion of the child image by close analysis of the child and childhood as depicted in non-Western cinemas. Each essay offers a counter-narrative to Western notions of childhood by looking critically at alternative visions of childhood that does not privilege a Western ideal. Rather, this collection seeks to broaden our ideas about children, childhood, and the child’s place in the global community. This collection features a wide variety of contributors from around the world who offer compelling analyses of non-Western, non-Hollywood films starring children.

The hardback and eBook versions will be available through the publisher and on Amazon within the next few days.

NOBODY KNOWS Melbourne Cinémathèque annotation

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I wrote an annotation for Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows, for a season of the director's films screening at The Melbourne Cinémathèque titled "Dreams of Everyday Life: The Quixotic Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda". The annotation has been published as part of the new issue of Senses of Cinema

The season runs from July 5–19 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Nobody Knows screens (on 35mm) on July 19 alongside Koreeda's 1996 documentary, Without Memory. See the program here