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A semi-public diasporic space: Turkish film screenings in Belgium

  • Kevin Smets EMAIL logo , Philippe Meers , Roel Vande Winkel and Sofie Van Bauwel
From the journal Communications


This article presents an analysis of Turkish film screenings in Belgium as a case study of diasporic media practices in Europe. Turkish blockbusters have only recently become part of the programs of Belgian mainstream film theaters. This study provides insight into both historical and recent dynamics that characterize this new film and audience segment in film exhibition. After analyzing transnational patterns of distribution, selection and promotion (in Belgium and in Europe), we put forward that changing circulation patterns and the associated power relations (co-)define the social and spatial conditions of reception, resulting in the creation of new semi-public diasporic spaces. Thus, the links between the political economy of media and audience research are discussed. The findings of this article are based on archival and press research and a series of semi-structured expert interviews with exhibition and distribution professionals, as well as social workers and representatives from Turkish cultural associations.

Published Online: 2011-10-09
Published in Print: 2011-October

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