Cultural Identity and Multiculturalism on Film (Canada)

Intercultural Pedagogyi am… Films about cultural identity, multiculturalism, and integration, available for free from Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada.

Graduate students from across Canada were invited to submit proposals to be part of an exciting opportunity to capture their individual expressions of identity and belonging or not belonging in a three-minute film. Through a competitive selection process, 28 students were selected to receive professional mentorship and support to produce an engaging short film of their unique story. Most of them had little or no filmmaking experience but got busy inside their pandemic bubbles for six months. These short films together weave a tapestry of Canadian identity today. Project led by Toronto Metropolitan University professor Anna Triandafyllidou, the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration, and by Gemini award-winning filmmaker and scholar Cyrus Sundar Singh.

For an article explaining more about the project, see: 

Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation. (2022). Telling stories of identity and multiculturalism through film. Innovation Newsletter, Toronto Metropolitan University.


Knowledge is the Beginning

Intercultural PedagogyKnowledge is the Beginning, a documentary produced and directed by Paul Smaczny about Daniel Barenboim, Edward Said, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

At least there is a chance for dialogue.

Barenboim and Said established the orchestra to bring together young musicians from across the political divide in the Middle East. They hoped that music would help to bring understanding and tolerance of different beliefs and cultures. The name comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems, West-Eastern Divan. The film covers the years 1999-2004; the orchestra is still performing today, and makes a point of putting on concerts in the musicians’ home countries whenever possible. In 2007 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon named Barenboim UN messenger of peace, and in 2016 the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was named a UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding. The conversations among young musicians from a variety of countries would make this a good choice of film for someone teaching about intercultural dialogue.

Those wishing more information might read: Barenboim, D., & Said, E. (2002). Parallels and paradoxes: Explorations in music and society. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

David: Using Film in ICD

Intercultural PedagogyDavid, the film co-written, co-produced and co-directed by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly, would be a great conversation starter for any discussion of intercultural dialogue, or broader issues of intercultural communication.

The film shows what happens when 11-year-old boys interact without having labels (in this case, “Jew” and “Arab”) to use as their starting point. To quote a line from the trailer, this is “a film about possibilities.”

If you use other films in your work or teaching that relate to intercultural dialogue, please take a moment to send an email with a short note, as CID is currently preparing a list of such films to post as a resource.



U New Hampshire job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Media Studies, beginning August 2014. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related discipline (outstanding ABDs considered), excellent teaching credentials, and an active research program.

The Department seeks a broadly trained communication scholar with expertise in critical, theoretical, and historical approaches to areas such as (but not limited to) digital media, global media, film, political economy of the media, and media and gender, race, and/or sexuality. The successful candidate will be expected to develop courses in his or her areas of expertise in ways that complement the department’s undergraduate major curriculum. The successful candidate should also be able to teach existing courses, including Introduction to Media Studies. The teaching load is four courses per academic year (two per semester).

The Department has approximately 500 undergraduate majors and offers a curriculum that integrates critical media studies, rhetorical studies, and studies of language and social interaction.

Application procedures can be found here. Pleaser refer to job # 0901816
or click on the direct link . Required materials include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., syllabi and teaching evaluations), three professional references contact information and samples of scholarly work.  Three letters of reference are also required and should be sent by email attachment from the letter writers to media.position AT  Inquiries (but not applications) may be directed to Prof. John Lannamann, media.position AT

The Application Deadline is September 17, 2013.

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston, 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 14,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Hiring is contingent upon funding and the candidate’s eligibility to work in the U.S.


U Illinois Chicago job

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position in media and film studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 16, 2012, pending budgetary approval. We seek a scholar of Latin American and/or Latino studies with expertise and a transnational/global perspective in any of the following areas: cultural study of media and multimedia forms; film and moving images; photography and other forms of visual expressions; and/or new media. Applicants must have  PhD or have completed all requirements for doctoral degree in film studies, media studies, ethnic studies or related field by the time of appointment.

Candidates must complete an on-line application and attach an application letter, a curriculum vitae, and one writing sample. Please provide the names and emails of 3 references. Deadline for submission of application is *November 15, 2011*. The University of Illinois at Chicago is an AA/EOE. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

For questions please contact Javier Villa-Flores (, Chair of Search Committee, Latin American and Latino Studies (MC 219), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1511 University Hall, 601 South Morgan Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7115

HJFRT Call for articles

“A Newsreel of Our Own”: the culture and commerce of local filmed news
Special issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

The international history of the ‘major’ newsreels and their activities in free-market countries has been relatively well studied by film historians. There is also a growing corpus of literature on newsreel production and distribution in ‘closed’ markets that were controlled by authoritarian regimes: “No-Do” in Franco’s Spain, “Luce” in Mussolini’s Italy, “Die Deutsche Wochenschau” in Hitler’s Germany, and several newsreels in the Soviet Union. However, there is a lack of comparative research on local producers’ attempts to break the hegemony of international newsreel companies.

Many small countries without a national film industry or centralized newsreel production were worried about the creeping cultural and economic imperialism (particularly from the United States, Great Britain, and France) that foreign-made filmed news represented. Individual businessmen and organized interest groups (political parties, cultural organizations) therefore tried to create newsreels of their own, which were to ’emancipate’ or ‘enlighten’ their own people. Most of these newsreels were produced without substantial government funding and therefore expensive, which made it easy for international companies to undersell them. In addition, local production companies typically did not have a large catalogues of feature films at their disposal, making it difficult or impossible to sell their newsreels as part of a larger distribution package. These conditions often doomed local newsreels to a short existence and has relegated them to footnotes in film history. 

This thematic issue of the HJFRT will explore the history of locally-produced newsreels. The focus is on the initiatives of small companies, organizations and communities. State produced newsreels, funded or made obligatory by political regimes, will not be included. Submissions are welcomed on the commercial aspects (financing, production, and distribution) of local newsreels as well as on their structure and content. Of particular interest is the extent to which local newsreels did (or did not) model themselves after their international competitors. The substance of the newsreels is also of special interest, particularly the ways in which those newsreels tried (or not) to offer ‘other’ kinds of news. Also welcome are analyses on the political, social, and cultural discourses surrounding those newsreels.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the issue, please send a short abstract by 4 April 2011, where you summarize your contribution. Please also include a short CV and a selected list of publications. The editors of this theme issue will get in touch with everyone before 4 May 2011 and invite some authors to submit a complete manuscript. Articles, ideally between 6000 and 8000 words (including notes and references), should be sent to the editors by 3 October 2011. Accepted and revised contributions will be due by 6 February 2012, with the issue scheduled to appear in the second half of 2012.

Please send your proposals to Daniel Biltereyst (, to Brett Bowles ( and to Roel Vande Winkel (

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