The Routledge Companion to World Cinema explores and examines a global range of films and filmmakers, their movements and audiences, comparing their cultural, technological and political dynamics, identifying the impulses that constantly reshape the form and function of the cinemas of the world. Each of the forty chapters provides a survey of a topic, explaining why the issue or area is important, and critically discussing the leading views in the area. Designed as a dynamic forum for forty world-leading scholars, this companion contains significant expertise and insight and is dedicated to challenging complacent views of hegemonic film cultures and replacing outmoded ideas about production, distribution and reception. It offers both a survey and an investigation into the condition and activity of contemporary filmmaking worldwide, often challenging long-standing categories and weighted—often politically motivated—value judgements, thereby grounding and aligning the reader in an activity of remapping which is designed to prompt rethinking.

chapter |20 pages


The longitude and latitude of World Cinema

part I|243 pages


chapter 2|11 pages

Southeast Asian independent cinema

A World Cinema movement

chapter 3|15 pages

Global intimacy and cultural intoxication

Japanese and Korean film in the twenty-first century

chapter 4|14 pages

Media refashioning

From Nollywood to New Nollywood

chapter 5|14 pages

Framing democracy

Film in post-democracy South Africa

chapter 8|11 pages

Connected in “another way”

Repetition, difference and identity in Caribbean cinema

chapter 10|10 pages

Popular cinema/quality television

The audio-visual sector in Spain

chapter 11|11 pages

Contemporary Scandinavian cinema

Between art and commerce

chapter 12|10 pages

British cinemas

Critical and historical debates

chapter 14|11 pages

Cinema at the edges of the European Union

New dynamics in the South and the East

chapter 17|12 pages

The forking paths of Indian cinema

Revisiting Hindi films through their regional networks

chapter 18|12 pages

American indie film and international art cinema

Points of distinction and overlap

chapter 19|15 pages

Canadian cinema(s)

chapter 20|12 pages

Conventions, preventions and interventions

Australasian cinema since the 1970s

part II|232 pages


chapter 21|12 pages

Cinemas of citizens and cinemas of sentiment

World Cinema in flux

chapter 22|11 pages

Transworld cinemas

Film-philosophies for world cinemas’ engagement with world history

chapter 23|9 pages

Transnational cinema

Mapping a field of study

chapter 25|13 pages

Realist cinema as World Cinema 1

chapter 26|14 pages

Regional cinema

Micro-mapping and glocalisation

chapter 27|10 pages

Global women’s cinema

chapter 28|12 pages

Provincialising heterosexuality

Queer style, World Cinema

chapter 29|10 pages

Stars across borders

The vexed question of stars’ exportability

chapter 30|13 pages

Film Fusions

The cult film in World Cinema

chapter 31|11 pages

Perpetual motion pictures

Sisyphean burden and the global screen franchise

chapter 32|11 pages

Screening World Cinema at film festivals

Festivalisation and (staged) authenticity

chapter 33|11 pages

Cinephilia goes global

Loving cinema in the post-cinematic age

chapter 34|11 pages

Another (hi)story?

Reinvestigating the relationship between cinema and history

chapter 35|10 pages

Archival cinema

chapter 36|9 pages

Digital cinemas

chapter 37|10 pages

Access and power

Film distribution, re-intermediation and piracy

chapter 40|15 pages

Eyes on the future

World Cinema and transnational capacity building