SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

The King of the Cockroaches by Timothy Cooper 70 min / 2016


Date: 18 October 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 18 October 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

The degraded surfaces of mass-copied films - the glitches, scanlines, errors, and coding artifacts - rather than the filmmaker’s imprint, reveal the material culture and social life of film consumption. The film studies the informal infrastructures, practices, technologies and institutions that, in the absence of a national film archive, have kept Pakistani film heritage alive. Looking to both cinema distribution and the conditions of its circulation, the film is a found-footage journey through orphaned VHS master copies, grey-market VCDs, and lossy YouTube transfers, celebrating the indestructible archive of Pakistani cinema.

Organiser: Dr. Stephen Hughes