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Affiliated Fellow
Bindu Menon

The project focuses on films made in different regions in South Asia on the experience of migration to the gulf council cities. To navigate this complex terrain, it moves between specificities of the local and deep histories of migration, interdisciplinary history of migration and media anthropology and pays attention to visual and material economies of film production. Relinquishing the focus on mainstream film and television production, the body of work that the project reads closely is linguistically diverse -Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu and Telugu and formally heterogeneous- DVD films, Music videos, cell phone production. It encompasses a wide range of genres; consolidated genre like Malabar Home films to fragmented short films circulated as viral videos. The project looks closely at themes like work, alienating conditions of labor under the Kafala system, belongingness, citizenship, familial relations, sexuality and emotional politics as they get addressed through temporal and spatial explorations in media.


  • Media Studies

Country of origin


Period of stay at IIAS

01/08/2017 to 31/05/2018

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Research topic

Migrant cartographies: migrant media in the Gulf Council cities

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