Representation of Adoption in Global Cinema: A Descriptive Historical Review of Changing Cultural Portrayals

By Kristine Mirrer.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Plot development and character revelation regarding adoption and the related theme of illegitimacy have been present since the advent of early narrative silent film. Filmmakers from varied global perspectives have explored this topic in narrative film, both indirectly and explicitly. Characteristics of these depictions are examined over time and location, with emphasis placed on the creation of and reaction to these films at the time of release, and in relationship to the events that have shaped them. This article emphasizes common themes across cultures.

Keywords: Film History, Adoption, Global, Narrative Film, Characters, Plot, Intercultural Communication, Cinema

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.147-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 994.270KB).

Dr. Kristine Mirrer

Media & Film Program, Department of Communication, Kean University, Union, NJ, USA

Dr. Kristine Mirrer works in the Media & Film Program in the Department of Communication at Kean University, Union, NJ, USA. She holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She served as Chairperson of the Media & Film department at Kean University. She has led international courses for students in France, the United Kingdom, China, and Spain, as well as offering certificate programs in American Media for Chinese media professionals. She worked full-time as a consultant for the largest broadcast news research and consulting firm at television networks in the United States and Australia, and has been a faculty fellow of the International Radio and Television Society. She teaches in the areas of Film and Media.


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