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Postcolonial Film Club


The first of its kind for the College, the GTA Enhancing Education Fund provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate researchers (PGR), who have experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London, to lead the design of a course or skill-specific engagement activity for students, in collaboration with module convenors. Seven projects have been funded, including Claire Crawford's Postcolonial Film Club.


This project sees the establishment of a fortnightly film club, consisting of a 3-hour film showing and discussion group, for undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, through the Autumn term of 2021. The film club will run alongside the Postcolonial Theory module in the Department of Political Economy, and will look at themes such as post- and de-coloniality, the nation state and nationalism, resistance and social movements, race and racism, gender and sexuality, development and neo-colonialism. The project hopes to interest first year undergraduate students in questions of colonialism and postcolonialism, before they choose their specialist module options in their second and third years.


Films for discussion include:

  • The Battle of Algiers, the 1966 anticolonial classic about the Algerian War;
  • Embrace of the Serpent, the 2015 Oscar-nominated drama about representations of indigeneity in the Amazon;
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley, a 2006 drama set during the Irish War of Independence;
  • Monsoon Wedding, a 2001 comedy set around a Punjabi wedding, with themes of gender, sexuality, globalisation and modernity;
  • Xala, the 1975 Senegalese satire of post-independence governance.

Details of the sessions to follow – watch this space!


Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators

Claire Crawford

Leverhulme Doctoral Fellow


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