Representation in Danish Films: Representation in Danish Films

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Nahida Vasie
4. term, Global Refugee Studies, Master (Master Programme)
This MA thesis seeks to explore representation of female minority groups with Middle Eastern ethnicity in Danish films. I will be exploring recent claims of Middle Eastern women being represented as oppressed in films, thus I will be investigating and answering the following research questions: How is the stereotype of oppression applied to the non-white Danish character with Middle Eastern background in the two films Kald Mig Bare Aksel and Fighter? How are the characters (not) represented as oppressed? To analyse this matter, I select two films which I will be analysing (1) Kald Mig Bare Aksel (Bovin, 2002), (2) Fighter (Arthy, 2007). I will use grounded theory method when approaching my research and structuring the analysis of the films. My theoretical framework will consist of three theories. First is Representation theory by Hall (1997), Racialisation by Murji and Solomos (2005) and Banton (2005), and Post-Colonial Feminism by Mohanty (1988). The findings of the analysis shows that film characters are complex regarding their representation as victims of oppression. Oppression is racialised as an issue among communities with Middle Eastern ethnicity, and it is used as an obstacle for the non-white Danish female with Middle Eastern background to overcome. However, the characters are presented as strong individuals who break free of conservative ideas of what females should do and in the process their families come around as well and reconsider their treatment towards their daughters, therefore, these women are not just portrayed as battered.
Publication date28 May 2021
Number of pages57
ID: 412599407