UNSW Lecture video: There’s No Place Like Home

In this lecture, part of the So What? series from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, Stephanie discusses child migrants in cinema since 1939. The lecture took place on 30 July, 2014.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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Fairfield Students’ Films

14th Street — Princess and the Witch — Beneath the Crazy Love  — Indian Dance View the trailers for all four films View the complete films    

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The Red Balloon

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Sydney students’ movies: Squirt’s Journey

Follow this cute character’s adventure on the first day of school!

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Sydney students’ movies: Ghost Story

Just an ordinary day in an ordinary school … or is it?

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Sydney students’ movies: Bullied Teacher

It all started with a thrown banana … will these unruly students get away with bullying their teacher?

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Fieldwork: Guangzhou 2014

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Stephanie Donald lecture – There’s No Place Like Home: Child Migrants in World Cinema

In this lecture, part of the So What? series from UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, Stephanie will discuss child migrants in cinema since 1939.

When: 30 July 2014, 6pm – 7.30pm

Where: Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

RSVP: click here to go to UNSW page to RSVP

In a world maimed by war, climate change, economic dysfunction and political failures, the flows of migration are as intense as they have ever been. Child migrants are central actors in this movement of people across borders and continents. As those in receiving countries such as Australia know well, however, the child migrant is not always kindly greeted on arrival.

As recently as November 2012, the current Minister for Immigration commented that ‘It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child, … it doesn’t matter whether you’re an unaccompanied minor, it doesn’t matter whether you have a health condition, … if you’re fit enough to get on a boat, you’re fit enough to … end up in offshore processing’. Is this the only way to think about journeys, arrivals and settlement?

The lecture looks at how the child migrant has figured in world cinema since 1939, and argues that the child retains a special power in describing, performing and critiquing the great movements and translations that make the world global.

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Colloquium – Modern Languages and Film Studies: The Border Film

This one-day colloquium is the final event in the AHRC-funded Skills Development project at the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

When: Friday 31 January 2014, 9.30am to 5pm
Where: Rm 103, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU


9.30 Tea & Coffee.

10.00 The Border Film: Téchiné in Tangier (Bill Marshall).

An illustrated talk followed by discussion. For further reading, see:
P.Pisters, ‘Filming the times of Tangier: nostalgia, postcolonial agency, and preposterous history’, in: D. Iordanova, D. Martin-Jones, B. Vidal (eds.). Cinema at the Periphery. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010, pp. 175-189.

11.00 Student-led discussions on border films. Suggested viewing:

Bon Cop Bad Cop/Good Cop Bad Cop (Erik Canuel, 2006).
Loin/Far (André Téchiné, 2001).
Die Mitte/The Centre (Stanislaw Mucha, 2004).
Rien À  déclarer/Nothing to Declare (Dany Boon, 2010).
Les Temps qui changent/Changing Times (André Téchiné, 2004).
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958).

12.30 Lunch

14.00 (Chair, Erica Carter, KCL). Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald from the University of New South Wales, an expert on Chinese and also migrant cinema, will give a talk and lead seminar discussions on films such as:

Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988).
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011).
Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012).
Welcome (Philippe Lioret, 2009).

16.00 An hour-long discussion on ‘where we go from here’: how to keep a Modern Languages and Film PG network going, publication possibilities, etc..

17.00 Colloquium ends.

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SBS Interview on International Children’s Film Festival

I recently spoke to SBS journalist, Biwa Kwan, about children’s perspectives on this year’s ChildFund Connect film festival. We discussed the goals of the program and the impacts on children in taking part in rural Australia and Timor-Leste.  Biwa also asked about my PhD research into the use of video for intercultural learning and we talked about the potential of video to:

  • put children in charge of telling stories – about culture, community, and daily life
  • provide a vehicle for cultural dialogue between geographically and linguistically diverse groups of children

Listen to the interview here:

Kids connect over international film festival – Interview with Kelly Royds

For the full story go to SBS WNA online

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