Interview with director Jayan K. Cherian

Misrahi-Barak, J. and Thiara, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-6006-4730, 2017. Interview with director Jayan K. Cherian. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. ISSN 0021-9894

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In this interview with Judith Misrahi-Barak and Nicole Thiara, Jayan K. Cherian discusses his work as an independent filmmaker in India and the USA, his artistic and political commitment, and the challenges he has faced with the Central Board of Film Certification in India after the release of his first feature film Papilio Buddha (2013), which focuses on Dalit land struggles in Kerala, and again with his second feature film KaBodyscapes (2016). The interview explores how holding a dual status as an American citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India makes his situation more complex because it offers him both the freedom and constraints of being a permanent outsider. The discussion of Papilio Buddha and its representation of the Dalit land struggle is the focus of the interview. He also speaks about his intended audience(s) and the way he works on location with his crews. Since Cherian is a poet and a writer as well as a filmmaker, he explains his choices for specific media, in the particular contexts in which he positions himself.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Creators: Misrahi-Barak, J. and Thiara, N.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 20 June 2017
ISSN: 0021-9894
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Jun 2017 08:04
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 08:04

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