Love, War & Other Longings
Has there been a ‘revival’ of Pakistani cinema? Or can the very question be put to scrutiny? Can we think beyond a national cinema, and instead simply think with films to explore the fraught politics and aspirations of our times? Love, War & Other Longings brings together historians, anthropologists, artists, and film-makers to offer new lines of enquiry that probe the tensions between cinema’s past and present, absences and the archive, seduction and respectability, class and consumption, as well as genre and censorship. At times experimental in form, the essays seek to draw readers into conversations that engage political theory and postcolonial history, and become part of ongoing writing, thinking, and the making of films in Pakistan and the global south more broadly.
About the Editors
Vazira Fazila-Yacoobali Zamindar is associate professor of History at Brown University, and works on twentieth century histories of decolonization, displacement, war, non-violence, the visual archive, and contemporary art. She is most well-known for her book The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia: Refugees, Boundaries, Histories (2007), and is presently completing a manuscript entitled The Ruin Archive: Art and War at the Ends of Empire, that interrogates colonial films and photographs from the north-west frontier for the writing of an anti-colonial history. She co-organized with Asad Ali the two Brown-Harvard Pakistani film festivals in 2014 and 2015 on which the book is based.
Asad Ali is a sociocultural anthropologist whose work focuses on the relationship of the political and the religious, as mediated by language and law. He is particularly interested in rethinking the historical formation and contemporary possibilities of liberalism, secularism, and religion in postcolonial Pakistan. His current interests and projects include work on censorship and populist language of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Before becoming an anthropologist, he worked as a journalist and documentary film-maker, and then taught at Harvard for some years where he, along with Vazira Zamindar, organized the two Brown-Harvard Pakistani film festivals.
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