Cinema and Culture of Post-communism
I am deeply personally involved with the cinema and culture of post-communism. So far, my life falls apart in two distinct halves: in the first one I lived in communist Bulgaria, and in the second — I became cosmopolitan citizen of the post-communist world. Having emerged from behind the iron curtain, I find tendencies to preventing free travel, meeting people and exchanging ideas particularly troublesome.
Matters related to the realities that came about after the end of communism have been in the centre of all my writing. In the course of many years I was also able to supervise doctoral work that addressed various aspects of the phenomenon — from the cinematic representations of Hungarian village life to the postcolonial transformations of the Soviet empire. I have written chapters and articles on aspects of the post-communist film industries, on the position of women, on migrations (also in the book Moving People, Moving Images, 2010), on minorities and rising nationalism, on the management of culture, as well as on individual films that I consider representative. My most recent writhing, soon to see the light of day, aimed to explore the leitmotives of the post-communist world, as revealed in transnational cinema.
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EAST EUROPEAN FILM INDUSTRIES (1996)
THE NEW RUSSIANS IN FILM (2000)
GOODBYE LENIN (2003)
STRAINED LOYALTIES, ELUSIVE CLUSTERS (2005)
KARLOVY VARY FESTIVAL IN THE 1990s (2006)
CASHING IN ON DRACULA (2007)
MIGRATION AND CINEMATIC PROCESS (2010)
COMPANION TO EASTERN EUROPEAN CINEMA (2012)
NATIONALISM AND RACISM EXPOSED IN DOCUMENTARY (2019)