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date: 09 July 2020

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The social, political and economic upheavals that marked the end of empire were mediated through the medium of film, while film was used to present new post-war conceptions of empire—for example, based on partnership and development. This chapter will examine how film was used to represent, legitimize and prolong colonial rule, within and beyond Europe. It will use the subject of film to open up wider questions of how culture could operate variously as a form of camouflage to disguise what was happening in the colonies during decolonization, or as a way of registering underlying discursive shifts in metropolitan ways of thinking about empire, or as an arena in which conflicting perspectives on the collapse of colonial rule confronted each other.

Keywords: decolonization, film, media, documentary, propaganda, popular culture, imperialism, empire

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