New Open Access Journal: "Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia"

The first volume of the new open access journal "Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia" is out!

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Dastavezi: The Audio-Visual South Asia is a journal for scholars and filmmakers, filmmakers as scholars, and filmmaking scholars working on regional and transregional South Asia. The journal provides a platform for linking audio-visual and scholarly practice from and on South Asia.

Dastavezi is an open-access archive of audio-visual knowledge. By providing films published in the journal with Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers, Dastavezi encourages filmmakers and scholars working on South Asia to cite documentary film as a legitimate source of academic production. Furthermore, it aims to make the films accessible to audiences beyond the structures of the market domain.

Through linking the production of audio-visual material with the filmmaker’s own conceptual writing we hope to widen the horizons of the existing field of documentary film-studies, visual-anthropology, and film practices on and from South Asia.

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The first issue includes an introduction by the main editors (Max Kramer and Jürgen Schaflechner) and films and essays by:

-Fathima Nizaruddin. My Mother’s Daughter (19:05). Delhi.

-Mahera Omar. Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist (1:06:57). Karachi.

-Yaminay Chaudhri. Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema (22:22). Karachi.

-Aditya Basu. Kaifiyat (8:13). Mumbai.


Dastavezi welcomes films and essays on South Asia related topics for its future volumes!

Films may have a wide range of formats and lengths (up to 120 min). The corresponding essays (around 3000 words) can describe the production, shooting, and writing process, or deal with conceptualization, theorization, and interpretation of the audio-visual submission.

Further information on the journal can be attained from and

Submissions (film-links and essays) should be sent to: 


Nähere Informationen

Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner, University of Heidelberg; Dr. Max Kramer, LMU Munich

Juergen.schaflechner[ at ]

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Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner, University of Heidelberg; Dr. Max Kramer, LMU Munich

Dastavezi[ at ]