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Diasporic dreams and shattered desires: Displacement, identity and tradition in heaven on earth (Deepa Mehta 2008)
chapterposted on 04.02.2019 by Clelia Clini
Division of a book, which in a scholarly context usually treats a part of a larger subject in a stand-alone manner.
This chapter addresses the question of travel through the analysis of Deepa Mehta’s 2008 film Heaven on Earth. Through the narration of the journey of a young Punjabi bride from India to Canada, the film provides a critical analysis of the concept of diaspora which on the one hand emphasises the difference between ‘casual travels’ and diasporic journeys (Brah 1996: 182), and on the other focuses on the political, economic and cultural conditions within which people move, as well as their positions in terms of gender, race and ethnicity.
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