Colloquium | Masha Salazkina

Apr 19, 2023 @ -

330 Fisher-Bennett Hall | Penn Campus

Masha Salazkina

World Socialist Cinema: Alliances, Affinities and Solidarities in the Global Cold War

Salazkina’s forthcoming book – and this talk – focuses on the history of the Festival of Cinemas of Asia, Africa and Latin America which took place in Tashkent, Soviet Union in the 1960s-1980s. It identifies a specific configuration of world cinema that emerges from the intersection of the entangled cinematic geographies and histories of internationalist solidarities and of trans-racial affinities, of personal bonds and institutional connections, and of multi-faceted artistic expressions and political commitments, which formed the festival’s history. Irreducible to North-South, East-West, Orientalist or Cold War binaries, the cinematic networks that formed the festival both borrowed and transformed epistemological and aesthetic models across its various divides, offering a unique historic cinematic formation through which to explore the cultural and political dynamics of its era.  As such, it reproduces not only a different geography or cinema but also a different geography of knowledge; one that resists both, our Anglo-Atlantic Eurocentric canon of film history and the compartmentalization Area studies. The talk offers an overview of the festival’s programming and the unique culture it created, focusing in particular on the status of women on and off screen.

Masha Salazkina is Concordia University Research Chair in Transnational Media Arts and Cultures and Professor of Film Studies in Montreal, Canada. She is the author of In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein’s Mexico and co-editor of Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema and of Global Perspectives on Amateur Film Histories and Cultures. Her World Socialist Cinema: Alliances, Affinities and Solidarities in the Global Cold War is coming out with California University Press in June, 2023. She is currently working on a new project on the circulation and reception of Latin American melodramatic media in the Socialist Bloc in the 1950s-1980s and co-editing an MLA volume on Teaching Migration in Literature, Film and Media.