Crossover Cinema – Diasporic and Intercultural Cinema

Developing an understanding of crossover cinema and it’s impacts.

It is important to define diaspora and the idea of diasporic and intercultural cinema as it plays a vital part in many communities and cultures. Diaspora embodies the idea of a central home from which one disperses or scatters from, the dispersion of people from their homeland. This term transformed from describing that of the Jewish population to it’s expanded use following widespread immigration to industrialised locations. Diasporic media functions similarly to both global and local media, bringing people together through the creation and socialisation that it encourages.

Diasporic media provides those who are marginalised and stigmatised with a platform that encourages the socialisation of these migrant communities and gives their host countries an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the immigrated population. A clear example of this has been demonstrated by the University of Western Sydney and Information and Cultural Exchange, in which the conclusion reached through a research project is that community media is able to recognise changing attitudes toward migrants and refugees.

Berghahn (2007) describes diasporic media as that which is “fundamentally concerned with questions of belonging and identity, with place and displacement” and inevitably involves the crossing of borders and cultural divides. Diasporic and intercultural cinema provides communities with an opportunity to represent themselves on a global scale and in turn, this form of cinema crosses cultural borders in all levels of production, from conceptualisation to distribution.

Angelica Xidias



Berghahn, D. (2007). No place like home? Or impossible homecomings in the films of Fatih Akin. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 4(3), pp.141-157.

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