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Abstract: While listening to a film or singing a song, one cannot help pondering: how do film sound and acoustic culture resonate with particular socio-historical-political situations and struggles? How can they inspire a communal experience and spirit? This talk examines how cinematic soundscape, popular music, and sound media were employed to express messages and sentiments of anti-colonialism and internationalism from the 1930s to the 1960s. Using film examples from mainland China and around the globe, this talk demonstrates how sound could defy national boundaries and linguistic barriers to build far-reaching transnational alliances as well as to mobilize different peoples to struggle in solidarity for progressive ideals.
Xinyi Wang (Master, Cinema Studies, Nagoya University)