Global Films: Nollywood & Korean Cinema

nollywoodNollywood is a term you probably haven’t heard of before. Don’t worry I was the same. Nollywood is Nigeria’s film industry, which is the third largest film industry in the world. These films draw on traditional characteristics and situations that are present in Nigeria as well as TV series that are imported from other places such as Argentina, Mexico and Korea. The producers of these films draw on the motif of corruption using a mixture of melodrama and magical culture which is very popular in the Nigerian and African communities in the West.

One of the characteristics that marks Nollywood as an autonomous local cinematic expression is that it looks inwards and not outward (Ryoo, W. 2009, p.1) Meaning Nollywood as previously stated looks towards to the problems which are current in their population such as corruption, instead of incorporating other influencing problems in the West. Overall it values the entertainment of its clients which is its primary motion, as well as produce culture from the bottom of the street. It does this by providing the imaginary for certain sections of the society where it operates like the poorer part of its postcolonial bases (Ryoo, W. 2009, p.2). However, outside of Nigeria and overall Africa, Nollywood is still largely a curiosity to most of the world. Example of a Nollywood Movie in the making.Read More »

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Transnational Films & Cultural Appropriation

Transnational films are those which blend a variety of elements from a diversity of nations, these, in turn, cannot be easily defined as belonging to one nation as they become transnational. However, I would like to raise the question of whether using transnational elements in films would impact on or change the overall culture that was being presented. Because overall you are in fact using elements from a variety of cultures which you may or may not belong to which could lead to a distortion of meanings within a culture. Culture can be defined as the ideas, customs and social behaviours and characteristics of a particular society.Read More »

International Students studying in Oz

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Australia is often characterised and defined by other countries as a multicultural society, does this ideology however stretch to include international students planning to gain an education in our country? Overall international education is Australia’s third/fourth largest export industry, meaning that international education is a very profitable business.

Marginson suggests that ‘international education is not the rich intercultural experience it could be’ (Marginson 2012, p.1). Yes, international students do seem to ‘dominate’ the university scene, which allows for a lot of cross-cultural experiences but does this in turn lead to a cultural acceptance? International students do seem to hit a lot of walls when it comes to integrating into the university scene as well as gaining acceptance into society as a whole. Barriers for international students would include the obvious differences that include culture, lifestyle and language.

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