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Making the strange familiar

The functions of empathy in intercultural film narrative

Jan Nåls

Stories foster empathy, which allows us to experience the subjectivity of others. The dissertation explores the functions of empathy in intercultural film narrative. Based on the authors’ personal experience as a film educator in 2006-16, case studies of documentary film production and education are introduced. These took place within an exchange programme between academic institutions in Africa and Europe, as part of the North South South Exchange (NSSE), supported by the Finnish Foreign Ministry. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining narrative and cognitive studies.  Several functions of empathy are highlighted. Empathy invites understanding between distant others, enhancing trust and creating shared meaning. The study also considers strategies of how empathy can be enhanced in narrative text and process.


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  • Julkaisija Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta (Helsingin yliopisto)
    Julkaisuvuosi 2018
    Sivumäärä 168
    Kieli Englanti
    Ulkoasu B5,pehmeäkantinen
    ISBN 9789515133359
    ISSN 2343-273X