Accented Spatial Representations in the Internal Exilic Eelam-Tamil Film Viduthalai Moochu

Ramesh Loganathan, Shanthini Pillai, Pramela Krish
2019 Kritika Kultura  
Studies have shown that accented filmmaking features and strategies are indeed appearing in wide-ranging films of contemporary cinemas. The main focus of this paper is to analyze Viduthalai Moochu, an internal exilic Eelam-Tamil film from Sri Lanka, using a concept derived from Hamid Naficy's theorization of An Accented Cinema known as the "preoccupation with the place. " The concept is cinematically expressed through the open, closed, and third spacetime cinematic formations. It needs to be
more » ... . It needs to be noted here that Naficy's theory offers a range of accented cinematic features that express accent in the film. However, the paper will only focus on the film's spatial representations that are configured according to the space-time formations. Space-time formations are cinematic features that are employed to produce and reproduce the "accent" through cinematic representations of spaces and places rendered in the film. The configurations of the space-time formations will be used as the basis to examine Viduthalai Moochu, a film that does not seem to demonstrate the familiar conventions of filmmaking. The film mainly grapples with themes that enunciate the Eelam-Tamil displacement and deterritorialization in the internal exilic situation. The analysis shows how a particular version of alternative filmmaking strategy exclusively uses spatial representations to render themes Loganathan, Pillai, Krish / Accented Spatial Representations 477 Kritika Kultura 33/34 (2019/2020): 477-502 © Ateneo de Manila University of displacement and deterritorialization. The findings prove that the makers of Viduthalai Moochu have indeed employed the space-time formations to highlight the displacement and the deterritorialization of the Eelam-Tamil community through cinematic spatial representations.
doi:10.13185/kk2020.03323 fatcat:yp3gevbbf5d3bixs63ufgae2ja