Trans-National Cinemas (EAF1505)

StaffDr Ranita Chatterjee - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims


This module aims to introduce you to a range of cinemas from across the world and familiarise you with key debates and frameworks in the study of world cinema. You will consider how the idea of national cinema, a foundational concept in film studies, has been re-evaluated  in recent decades in relation to concepts such as ‘transnational cinema’, ‘world cinema’, ‘globalisation’ and ‘accented cinema’. The module will explore the relationship between the local and the global, introducing you to a range of case studies from  around the world, including popular and independent films produced in diverse filmmaking cultures such as Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Denmark, Britain, France, Cuba and the US. Using these case studies you will explore the socio-cultural contexts of production and circulation and  analyse how issues of the transnational relate to questions of border-crossing, diasporas and cross-cultural exchange in the production, exhibition and distribution of films across the history of cinema.


ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts relating to national, world and transnational cinema
  • 2. Demonstrate skills in applying these concepts to analyse specific films produced in diverse national and transnational contexts
  • 3. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex network of cross-cultural, economic and artistic negotiation that facilitates the production, distribution and exhibition of cinemas in a transnational context

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to use basic concepts of film analysis
  • 5. Demonstrate skills of evaluation of the visual, aural and the written in the analysis of film
  • 6. Demonstrate intellectual skills including the ability to garner appropriate knowledge, to analyse and evaluate film form, and to express arguments and ideas effectively
  • 7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic theoretical concepts in film studies

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. assimilate, select and organise material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written or oral argument
  • 9. Plan and write an essay to a specified length and deadline on a given theme
  • 10. Demonstrate basic word-processing and IT presentation package skills

Syllabus plan


An indicative list of weekly study:

  • Approaches to National Cinema

  • The Nation and the Region

  • Approaches to  World Cinema

  • Approaches to Transnational Cinema

  • Routes of Migration: Global Bollywood

  • Genre Crossings

  • Diaspora and the ‘Myth of Return’

  • Border Crossings: Multicultural British Cinema

  • The Return of the National

  • Global Hollywood: Stars

  • Transnational Cinema in the Age of the Digital

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Lecture, 11x1hr
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities22Seminar, 11x2hr
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities66Two weekly screenings with introductions
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Weekly 1 hour workshop OR guided study group work
Guided independent study190Independent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Presentation 20 minutes1-8, 10Cohort feedback in seminars with opportunity for office hours follow-up.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar participation10Continuous1-7Oral feedback from tutor and opportunity for office hours follow-up
Exam451.5 hours1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up.
Essay451500 words1-10Feedback sheet with opportunity for office hours follow-up.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Seminar participationSeminar participation1-7Referral/deferral period
ExamExam1-8Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-10Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


Core reading:


Ezra, Elizabeth, and Rowden, Terry (eds.) (2006) Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader, London: Routledge

Hjort, Mette and MacKenzie, Scott (eds.) (2000), Cinema and Nation, London: Routledge.

Vitali, Valentina and Willemen, Paul (eds.) (2006) Theorising National Cinema, London: BFI Publishing.

Williams, Andy (ed.) (2002) Film and Nationalism, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers University Press.

Indicative Core Viewing:

Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957)

Dil Se (Mani Ratnam, 1998)

The Idiots (Lars von Trier, 1999)

Festen (Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)

Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)

What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-liang, 2001)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

Hero (Zhang Yimou, 2002)

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge  (Aditya Chopra, 1995), 

Rang de Basanti (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, 2006)

News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1977)

The Edge of Heaven (Fateh Akin, 2007)

Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)

Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, 1986)

Last Resort (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2000)

Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)

Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995)

Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata , 1988)


Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources: Exeter Learning Environment webpages for the module will include electronic versions of Powerpoint lecture slides and links to relevant websites.

Available as distance learning?


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Key words search

Film, National Cinema, Transnational Cinema, World Cinema, Diasporic Cinema