Since the Era of Exploration and colonization, beginning in the early fifteenth century, the institutionalization of certain Western and ethnocentric ideas have been globally established and implemented.
The current politics that govern the modern world is centrally based on the various ideas that the Western world or “first world” acts as the core and the Global South or “second” and “third world” acts as the periphery areas surrounding the core. Known as the World Systems Theory, the structure of this theory proceeds to form the culture of the modern globalized society.
These ideas continue to reign over all realms within the modern world, including the politics of circulation and judgement of art and cinema.
Growing up I spent my weekends at home with my mother who would reminisce the days of her childhood by marathoning episodes of the 1960s TV show, That Girl on our DVD player. Little did I really know, was that one of my mother’s favorite childhood shows had changed the future of TV forever, and all the shows I watched when I was a kid would have never been the same without “That Girl.”
In one of my film courses we were asked if we could name a female director and only about two or three students in my class of thirty could utter a name.