Cinema Illuminating Reality: Media Philosophy through Buddhism

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How can a philosophical discourse generated in Asia help us reframe and renew cinema and media theory? Cinema Illuminating Reality provides a possible way to do this by using Buddhist ideas to examine the intricate relationship between technicity and consciousness in the cinema. The resulting dialogue between Buddhism and Euro-American philosophy is the first of its kind in film and media studies.

Victor Fan examines cinema’s ontology and ontogenetic formation and how such a formational process produces knowledge, political agency, and in-aesthetics. Buddhism allows Fan to deconstruct binary thinking and reimagine media as an ecology, rethinking cinema in relational terms between the human and the machine. Along the way, Fan considers a wide variety of case studies from around the globe, while paying special attention to how contemporary Tibeto-Sinophone filmmakers have adopted relational thinking to detail ways of rebuilding a world that appears to be beyond repair.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMinneapolis
PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
Number of pages356
ISBN (Print)978-1-5179-0992-5, 978-1-5179-0991-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Buddhism
  • Film Philosophy
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Media Philosophy
  • Sinophone


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