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Title: A jornada: uses of filmed narrative in migration between Brazil and Ireland
Author: Neylin , Jo
ISNI:       0000 0004 5914 7912
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2016
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The PhD with Practice ‘A Jornada: Uses of Filmed Narrative in Migration between Brazil and Ireland’ is an audiovisual narrative inquiry consisting of a written thesis and eight interlinking short digital video works. The timeframe is Ireland’s period of economic buoyancy referred to as the “Celtic Tiger” (Kevin Gardiner 1994) when a significant number of Brazilian nationals started to work in Irish meat factories. This study examines the filmed narratives expressed by a community of Brazilian meat workers in migration between Brazil and Ireland. It also includes the narrative of an Irish missionary priest whose return to Ireland from Brazil interconnects with this migratory movement, and my own as returned Irish emigrant. This inquiry seeks an understanding of the narrative in migration rather than one of migration. Filmed narratives are expressed conversationally and take the form of anecdote, narrative fracture and visually expressed narrative. In this regard argument is made that no narrative is too slight for critical examination. Questions are directed towards examining themes that emerge from these filmed expressions. What visual glimpse or narrative fracture reveals a further story beyond the narrative being filmed? How does the filmmaking process influence this narrative expression? This inquiry’s contribution to knowledge operates at two distinct, but interrelated levels. At one level it offers a unique set of filmed narratives about migration to Ireland from the perspective of Brazilian meat workers new to this experience and to this country. Such narratives of arrival offer a view ‘from without’ of Ireland as emergent host country. Arguably voices like these are rarely heard, or attended to, in discourse about Ireland, a factor that informs their selection for critical examination by this study. At another level narratives of return (the Irish missionary and myself) offer an evolving view of host country Ireland ‘from within’. This inquiry’s narratives are mediated through a series of short practice films available online that participate in a transnational cinema concerned with those whose lives are “caught in the cracks of globalization” (Elizabeth Ezra and Terry Rowden 2006: 7). By situating these assembled perspectives in this audiovisual narrative inquiry, a multifaceted version of Ireland is critically explored as it emerges from a period of accelerated economic growth into the 21st century. This inquiry thus seeks to make significant contribution to new knowledge. Case studies are examined through the filmed narratives of Brazilian meat workers located in meat-producing areas of Ireland (that include Cork, Roscommon, Dublin, Meath and Cavan), and a village in central Brazil (Vila Fabril, Anápolis, State of Goiás). Case study contributors are: Luciano Santana Borges, Alfredo Costa Ramos, Pat McNamara, Leandro André Tinôco and myself (Jo Neylin). The thesis is published in written and audiovisual interrelated texts. These can be read and viewed separately, but benefit from being read in close reference to each other. The written thesis falls into three sections: the first part overviews a theoretical framework in which narrative and filmmaking are discussed in relation to this study; the second part examines the interlinking practice films as narrative case studies; in conclusion this inquiry’s findings are reviewed and evaluated in the third section.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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