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Hall traces a shift in black cultural politics that is marked by a transformation in the dominant regimes of representation.

Chapter 5 is a transcript of a conversation between Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, and Homi Bhabha. The speakers talk about films and how race, identity, and representation are integral to thinking about the cultural work that films do.

Hall considers Julian Henriques’s documentary film Babymother.

Hall moves away from talking about film per se to asking a question: who is the emergent new subject of “Caribbean cinema”? In seeking to answer this question, Hall concludes that cinema is not “a second-order mirror held up to reflect what already exists” but “a form of representation that is able to constitute us as new kinds of subjects and thereby enable us to discover who we are.”

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