The Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations and Histories, the first installment in Samuel's video trilogy, focuses on the Orient in intellectual history.
In order to examine world history from a non-European perspective, contemporary and historical views are analyzed through interviews with Amin Maalouf (Léon L'African); Thierry Hentsch (Imagining the Middle East); Sara Suleri (The Rhetoric of English India); Nourbese Philip (Looking for Livingstone, Frontiers) and Ackbar Abbas, commentator on Walter Benjamin and Hong Kong cinema.
Issues addressed include the partition of India in 1947, the future of Hong Kong, Islamic fundamentalism and Occidental modernism.
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