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Malaysian Cinema in the New Millennium

Transcendence beyond Multiculturalism

A pioneering and comprehensive study of recent Malaysian cinema.

Malaysian Cinema in the New Millennium offers a new approach to the study of multiculturalism in cinema by analyzing how a new wave of filmmakers champion cultural diversity using cosmopolitan themes. Adrian Lee offers a new inquiry of Malaysian cinema that examines how the “Malaysian Digital Indies” have in recent years repositioned Malaysian cinema within the global arena. The book shines a new light on how politics and socioeconomics have influenced new forms and genres of the post-2000s generation of filmmakers and provides a clear picture of the interactions between commercial cinema and politics and socioeconomics in the first two decades of the new millennium. It also illustrates how the Malaysian Digital Indies functions as a site for questioning and proposing a new national identity in the era of advanced global capitalism and new Islamisation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Malaysian Digital Indies and a Cinema beyond Multiculturalism: New Forms, Aesthetics, and Genres in post-2000 Malaysian Cinema
1. The Malaysian Digital Indies (MDI): Transnational Malaysian Cinema, Problematising the National
2. The Malaysian Digital Indies: A Digital Independent Transnational Cinema
3. ‘Beyond Multiculturalism’: The Malaysian Postethnic Cosmopolitan Cinema
4. ‘The Malaysian Decade of Horror’: The Malaysian Horror Renaissance
5. Conclusion: Towards the Fourth Phase of Malaysian Cinema
Filmography: Malaysian Films
Filmography: Non-Malaysian Films
Appendix I: Database for the Malaysian Digital Indies, 2000–2011
Appendix II: Database for Commercial Mainstream Films in Post-2000 Malaysian Cinema, 2000–2011
Appendix III: Database for Horror Films in Post-2000 Malaysian Cinema, 2000–2011

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