Denmark beyond Denmark: Soft Power, Talent Development, and Filmmaking in the Middle East

Hjort, Mette (2019) Denmark beyond Denmark: Soft Power, Talent Development, and Filmmaking in the Middle East. In: Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 287-302. ISBN 9781474438056

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This chapter focuses on Danish soft power, reform and democratization, and on dialogue and collaboration. Soft power here is as framed by the Danish Arab Partnership Programme, facilitating new forms of “direct speech” in the Middle East. Particularly significant in this regard is the work of small-scale institutions such as the AIF and SIB, and, more recently, FilmLab Palestine (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark n.d., 67). Especially striking is the fact that many of the filmmakers who are gaining support for their independent documentary projects are deeply committed, as Sandra Madi puts it, to telling some of the “dramatic stories” that “go under the same title,” under “Palestine.” Soft power, it appears, is not a matter in this case of instituting certain desires and values, but of creating the conditions under which an already existing desire to articulate stories of deep personal significance can be realized, and this within an independent space offering scope for a whole range of values, including, especially, cultural, and artistic ones. Soft power, in this case, would appear to be a rather hopeful phenomenon.

Keywords:soft power, film education, talent development, Arab Institute for Film, Screen Institute Beirut, Palestinian Cinema Association, Denmark, Middle East, Palestine, Arab, Partnership, documentary
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
ID Code:49652
Deposited On:16 Jun 2022 17:01

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