CINELOGUE
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who we are

Cinelogue is a collaborative film streaming platform and an evolving film archive. Cinelogue promotes critical dialogue around cinema, representation and politics by presenting cinema exclusively from the Global Majority.

our programmes

Cinelogue represents, revives and celebrates critically acclaimed filmmakers from the Global Majority. Our selection includes cinema from countries and communities within Africa, Asia, South America and Oceania. Our platform shares the work of filmmakers who have left a groundbreaking mark on the art house world, putting issues of race, gender and class (amongst many other forms of oppression) at the center of their filmmaking practice.

For each program, Cinelogue invites film-collectives, cultural producers, filmmakers and academics who are representative of the contexts to which the films speak. While carefully curating a selected number of films under a chosen theme, it is this collective and collaborative effort that creates a unique dialogue through and between the showcased films.

our starting point

Cinelogue seeks to act as a curated intervention that challenges the status quo of cinema and the discourse around anti-colonialism within the film industry, by centering the works of BIPOC filmmakers from the Global Majority.

Our approach is guided by the continued effects of colonialism on global social and political dynamics. The hegemonic forces of the so-called Global North are well established and continue to threaten the autonomy and empowerment of countries over which they, to this day, hold much political, economic and social power. The Euro-American film and entertainment industries continue to produce cinema that fails to challenge European perceptions that often find their roots in colonization.

The widely accepted binary and hierarchical categories of ‘foreign film’ or ‘world cinema’ only serve as a continuation of colonial relations. They project the non-western world as a homogenous space without diversity, specificity and complexity. This results in the visual consumption of films from the Global Majority as something to be passively gazed upon rather than actively seen.

our way forward

Cinelogue invites viewers to reimagine how to watch films from the past and engage with them as commentaries on the present day.

Cinelogue is committed to showcasing filmmakers who use film as a political and artistic vehicle. Cinelogue’s films centre the lived experiences of those most affected by systems of social, cultural and state oppression, such as religious and ethnic minorities, women, working class people and people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

The films, discourses and stories featured on this platform allow us to engage with complex layers of inner and outer truths tied to the larger societies, histories and collective trauma of places.

Cinelogue considers the act of searching, excavating and re-screening postcolonial cinema as a political act in itself. It is not only a form of resistance against forgetting and erasure, but also a way to revisit historic cinematic works and place them in contemporary discourse.

We want our audience to feel inspired and curious about new and innovative ways of accessing art house cinema, and we hope to make our contribution to changing the narrative.

our profits

All additional profits that exceed the costs of running Cinelogue, along with appropriately compensating all collaborators and expanding access to streaming, will be reinvested in anti-colonial cinema movements by funding film projects that align with Cinelogue’s vision.

general inquiries
info@cinelogue.com

support
support@cinelogue.com

founder and film programmer
Rehana Esmail
re@cinelogue.com

marketing manager
Priyanka Hutschenreiter
ph@cinelogue.com

credits
Art Direction and Design
Ghazaal Vojdani and Julia Novitch

Web Development
Ben Romvari

Licensing
Pawel Wieszczeciński

Thanks to:
Sina Zekavat, Pırıl Gündüz, Laetitia Walendom

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