Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

ISSN: 2165-7912

Open Access

Viewing Diversity in the Caribbean Diaspora: A Critical Guide to the Contemporary Film Movement


Materre Michelle

It is an obvious statement that the people of the Caribbean diaspora are varied and abundant, and, in fact, scattered to the far reaches of the globe. It is therefore no surprise that independent media representations of this diaspora are equally as diverse and plentiful. When these independent representations (as opposed to commercially produced media) are initiated from within the community by one of the many talented, skilled and creative filmmakers actively working in the region, the results are singular and distinctive. Media makers from this region work across genres, across geographic boundaries, and for the most part, with extremely limited budgets, and still manage to produce engaging, culturally specific and relevant work that challenges mainstream media representations of people of African descent from around the globe.


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