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There's No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema

There's No Place Like Home: The Migrant Child in World Cinema
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

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The Wizard of Oz brought many now-iconic tropes into popular culture: the yellow brick road, ruby slippers and Oz. But this book begins with Dorothy and her legacy as an archetypal touchstone in cinema for the child journeying far from home. In There's No Place Like Home, distinguished film scholar Stephanie Hemelryk Donald offers a fresh interpretation of the migrant child as a recurring figure in world cinema. Displaced or placeless children, and the idea of childhood itself, are vehicles to examine migration and cosmopolitanism in films such as Le Ballon Rouge, Sammy Going South and Le Havre. Surveying fictional and documentary film from the post-war years until today, the author shows how the child is a guide to themes of place, self and being in world cinema.

Author Info

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald is incoming Distinguished Professor of Film at the University of Lincoln and visiting Distinguished Professor at the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research at the University of New South Wales. Her research covers film, the media, childhood, migration and Chinese visual culture. She is co-editor of Inert Cities: Globalization, Mobility and Suspension in Visual Culture (I.B.Tauris, 2014), among other publications.


There’s No Place Like Home stands out for its immediacy, poignancy, and elegance. By capturing the fragility and elasticity of childhoods, this book makes a compelling addition to world cinema, and the real world of precarious migration.’ – Ying Zhu, The City University of New York; author of Two-Billion Eyes: The Story of China Central Television

There’s No Place Like Home is a brilliant and timely meditation on migration and visual culture. Donald’s rich readings on the powerful concept of “child life” – transient, formative, elusive – shows cinema’s attempts to close the gap between the world we live in and the world we want.’ – Vicky Lebeau, University of Sussex

‘Drawn from years of research, this book is an extraordinarily wide-ranging volume, mixing film analysis with forms of auto-ethnography. Donald highlights how the image of the migrant child in film provides a power commentary on the material and psychological consequences of social upheavals.’ – Paul Cooke, University of Leeds

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784534233
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2018
Number of Pages: 272
Height: 254
Width: 159

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