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The Proximity of Other Skins: Ethical Intimacy in Global Cinema

Celine Parreñas Shimizu


Transnational films representing intimacy and inequality disrupt and disgust Western spectators. When wounded bodies within poverty entangle with healthy wealthy bodies in sex, romance and care, fear and hatred combine with desire and fetishism. Works from the Philippines, South Korea, and independents from the United States and France may not be made for the West and may not make use of Hollywood traditions. Rather, they demand recognition for the knowledge they produce beyond our existing frames. They challenge us to go beyond passive consumption, or introspection of ourselves as spectators, ... More

Keywords: film, sex, race, transnationalism, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190865856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190865856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Celine Parreñas Shimizu, author
Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies, San Francisco State University