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Iqbal Barkat wrote his PhD on novelty in cinema, tracing the history through from the work of Dziga Vertov, a pioneering film-maker in the early Soviet Union.

As part of his research he has produced the independent feature film Mortarswhich seeks to explore what Robert Koehler calls the 'cinema of in-between-ness' - refusing categories of fiction or non-fiction. It follows the life of a woman whose house was destroyed by demolition exercises carried out by the Australian Defence Force. She has lived in a broken house for over fifty years and is still seeking reparations.

His research interests include Independent Cinema; Early Soviet Cinema; Dance; Community Filmmaking; The Cinematic Practice of Dziga Vertov; The Philosophy of Alain Badiou.

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  • Witnessing, saving, serving? A relational approach to community development in the suburbs of a global city

    Howitt, R., McLachlan, K., Tofa, M., Barkat, I., Misra, G., Moulds, N., Susanto, J., Osborne, P., Grenot, D., Rajan, N. & Yates, J., 2 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. 39, 1, p. 90-110 21 p.

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  • Terrorist/Apostate: a multi-arts project

    Burtt, J., Lavers, K. & Barkat, I., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Performing Islam.

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  • Agrarian Utopia, cinema of in-between-ness and the Vertov legacy

    Barkat, I., 2018, In : Studies in Documentary Film. 12, 1, p. 28-42 15 p.

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  • Beyond resistance: subtraction as methodology in Badiou and Vertov

    Barkat, I., 2017, In : Global media journal : Australian edition. 11, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

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