Where is Billet? # 224

Where is Billet?

14:00, Friday 14th June, CMB 3

rai 224 where-is-billet

  • Director/Anthropologist: Paul James Gomes, Lotte Hoek
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 20 mins
  • Country of Production: UK / Bangladesh
  • Location: UK / Bangladesh
  • Ethnic Group: Bengali Migrants
  • Language: English, Bengali (English)

This film takes an auto-ethnographic perspective on a longstanding fantasy formation of South Asian culture: billet. This foreign paradise is a shared imaginary place that drives migrants from Bangladesh towards the UK. My film explores that cultural imagination ethnographically and starts from the visual culture of street print in Dhaka. My training in both anthropology and filmmaking allows me an ethnographic perspective on this cultural phenomenon and contributes to the anthropology of South Asian migration and contemporary British post-colonial society.

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