Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe


Cine de inmigración / Cine de inmigrantes

Language: Spanish

Immigrant cinema / Cinema of immigrants

Term used in Spanish film criticism and scholarship to refer to the growing number of films dealing with the relatively recent phenomenon of large-scale immigration over the last fifteen or twenty years. Las cartas de Alou (Armendáriz, 1990) is often referred to as the earliest example of this type of cinema in Spain. The terms, however, do not have such wide currency as in English, French or German, as little has been written on the topic in Spanish so far. It is noteworthy, moreover, that most feature films that concentrate on the experience of immigration in Spain have been made by non-immigrant filmmakers, a situation which will no doubt change as the various immigrant communities settle in the country and gain access to the mainstream channels of representation.   

Cf. also Migrant and diasporic filmmakers

Example film: Las cartas de Alou / Alou’s Letters


Santaolalla, Isabel. 2005. Los "otros". Etnicidad y "raza" en el cine español. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza; Madrid: Ocho y Medio.

Castiello, Chema. 2005. Los parias de la tierra. Inmigrantes en el cine español. Madrid: Talasa Ediciones S.L.

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