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    Dissent and displacement of subalternity in Malayalam cinema: a cultural analysis of Papilio Buddha by Jayan K. Cherian
    (2016) Raj, Sony Jalarajan; Gopinath, Swapna; Sreekumar, Rohini
    The theme of subalternity with its inherent ramifications is yet to find favour among film makers in India. Progressive film makers of the 1960s attempted to address the theme of subaltern and dared to give the subaltern a voice, but they remained singular attempts. Through a case study on a Malayalam film (a regional film industry from the state of Kerala in India) Papilio Buddha this article tries to analyze the representation of Dalit community in Indian cinema. Though Malayalam film industry has tried to address the concern of Dalits, they have been stereotyped in many ways and reduced to being sidekicks to villains or unskilled labourers having no identity. They remained as instruments to idolize the hero, to act as a contrast to the elite protagonist or as the poor helpless victims who offer the protagonist an opportunity to display his heroism. Papilio Buddha grabbed media attention when it was denied clearance by the censor board as it explores the territory of Dalit consciousness by focusing the lens on the land strike by the Dalit communities and creating a counter narrative to the hitherto idealized images created by the state.
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    Screaming mothers in Malayalam cinema: motherhood as a genre-defying identity in Malayalam cinema
    (2022) Raj, Sony Jalarajan; Suresh, Adith K.
    The image of the mother is perhaps one of the most recurring identities in cinema. Even if we do not count those films where a mother is the main protagonist, there are countless films in which the presence of mothers cannot be overlooked. This familiarity with which mothers get over-identified in films makes their representations stereotypical and strictly adhering to the cultural and political mores of the society. Traditionally considered as the most powerful version of femininity, motherhood is often overtly romanticized as the symbolization of ideal female expression. The visual language of Indian cinema has been contributing greatly to the construction of the ideal mother image for a long time, and it chiefly consists of a semiotics full of signifiers that glorify the emotional vulnerability, sacrifice, courage, and suffering associated with motherhood. The performative aspects of motherhood can easily be observed as important in the context of the melodramatic and sentimentalist tradition of Bollywood cinema.
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    Ranchland gnomes
    (2021) Wurfel, Marlene
    Ranchland gnomes Tumbles and Hilda, and their twins River and Kit, help gophers afraid of a rattlesnake.
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    Three witchy ghosty fairy stories for Halloween 2021
    (2021) Wurfel, Marlene
    Happy Halloween to my favourite witches, ghosts, fairies, gnomes, golems, princesses, ghostbusters, Cruellas, Ted Lassos, dragon protectors, cats, mice, zombies, doctors, pokemons, skeletons, clowns, superheroes, athletes, jack-o-lanterns, and dinosaurs. Three stories about a tiny family that lives in a pumpkin, a little ghost who learns a lesson about overcoming his fears from a smart little witch, and a sequel to Twin Baby Unicorn's called The Witch's Recovery. "The Tiny Family Who Lives in a Pumpkin" and "Boo" by Marlene Wurfel. "The Witch's Recovery" by Tiffany Passey. Music: Tiptoe out the Back by Dan 'Lebo' Leibowitz courtesy YouTube Audio Library.
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    The dream train
    (2021) Wurfel, Marlene
    You are the hero of this audio adventure through a dreamscape. Happy New Year 2022! Wishing you great sleeps, much growth, and big love. Story, voicework, and audio mix by Marlene Wurfel > www.marlenewurfel.com Train sounds & miscellaneous by: Benboncan; Caquet; Mredig & Inspector J via a Creative Commons Attribution Licence freesound.org https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music: A Simple Lullaby by Jesse Keller via Jamendo, Blue Dream by Cheel via YouTube audio library, Sea of Ancestry by Jesse Gallagher via YouTube audio library, Snowy Peaks by Chris Haugen via YouTube audio library. * Emily Carr and Woo are real historical figures you can learn more about :)