Essay about The Concept Of Third Cinema

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Barry Barclay (2000, p.1) coined the term ‘Fourth Cinema’, a classification in which he encompasses all means of Indigenous Cinema, made by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people. Barclay also puts emphasis on Fourth Cinema ‘Indigenous’ being spelt with a capital “I”, a category he created for his own personal satisfaction but has since caught on globally. This essay will discuss the concept of Fourth Cinema as outlined by Barry Barclay in general, as well as, in relation to Taika Waititi’s Māori film, Boy (2010). First, Second and Third Cinema are all Cinemas of the Modern Nation State and from an Indigenous place of standing, these are all invader Cinemas according to Barclay (2000, p.7).
Barclay (1990, p.9) suggests that over the years a camera becomes like a friend, something you learn to take with pride into places of great power and the humblest of villages and that subsequently a filmmaker is faced with the challenge of how to respect this age-old process of discussion and decision-making while using technology with a climate which so often demands precision and answers, such as that of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Māori people and culture. According to Barclay (1990, p.17), the beliefs are that further exploration on how to make the camera a listener is needed when creating a film.

To be any sort of Māori, you have to be a listener. You do not interrupt a person who is talking, no matter how humble that person may be – the rules about that are quite firm when formal…

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