Connected in “another way”

Repetition, difference and identity in Caribbean cinema

Authored by: Dunja Fehimović

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138918801
eBook ISBN: 9781315688251
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There is no defining Caribbean cinema. This task, fundamental to the project of the present chapter, rests on another essential question: What is the Caribbean? Rather than constituting a basis for further intellectual enquiry and artistic creation, however, this deceptively straightforward interrogative is at the heart of unresolved debates and repeated attempts at (self-)definition by Caribbean writers, artists, intellectuals and filmmakers. If we start from the decision, reassuringly grounded in the physical realm, to equate the Caribbean with the geographical feature of the Caribbean basin, we are soon thwarted by the realisation that there are in fact five interconnected basins, covering the islands in the Caribbean Sea and touching on the mainland territories of Central America, Venezuela and Colombia. If this is the case, then should we consider these mainland territories, for example, as Caribbean? Where might we draw the imaginary line between the Caribbean and South or Central American “sections” of the relevant countries? With all this in mind, we might ask, where does Caribbean cinema begin, and where does it end? Which routes does it follow and what forms does it take?

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