Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering / Edition 1

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Documentary Testimonies explores the varying forms, institutions, and practices of audiovisual testimony: the "moving testimonies" that compact us to bear witness, stir us to anger or tears, and possibly mobilize us to action.

Comprising ten new essays and a substantive introduction, this interdisciplinary volume provides an in-depth analysis of archives of social suffering tied to particular locales: Cambodia, Chiapas, Darfur, India, Indonesia, Korea, New Orleans, Norway, Rwanda, South Africa, and Washington, DC. Topics include technologies of capture, storage, and circulation; problems of historical veracity/frail memory; limits and potentialities of documentary as public record; architectonics of memory; and ethics of witnessing. Focusing on the generation and use of testimonial archives by documentary filmmakers, public administrators and institutions, and others with interest in social and environmental justice and genocide commemoration and prevention, the volume aims to investigate, from a critcal and translocal perspective, testimony as social practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415996648
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/11/2009
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bhaskar Sarkar is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition.

Janet Walker is Professor and former chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her many authored and edited books include Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry, Feminism and Documentary, Westerns: Films through History, and Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Moving Testimonies Bhaskar Sarkar and Janet Walker

1. Embodied Memory: The Institutional Mediation of Survivor Testimony in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Noah Shenker

2. "We Shall Drown, But We Shall Not Move": The Ecologics of Testimony in NBA Documentaries Bishnupriya Ghosh

3. Rights and Return: Perils and Fantasies of Situated Testimony after Katrina Janet Walker

4. From "Superbabies" and "Nazi Bastards" to Victims Finding a Voice: The Memory Trajectory of the Norwegian Lebensborn Children Bjørn Sørenssen

5. Reclamation of Voice: The Joint Authorship of Testimony in The Murmuring Trilogy Hye Jean Chung

6. Trauma, Memory, Documentary: Re-enactment in Two Films by Rithy Panh (Cambodia) and Garin Nugroho (Indonesia) Deirdre Boyle

7. On Documentary and Testimony: The Revisionists’ History, the Politics of Truth, and the Remembrance of the Massacre at Acteal, Chiapas José Rabasa

8. Mediating Testimony: Broadcasting South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Catherine Cole

9. Mediating Genocide: Producing Digital Survivor Testimony in Rwanda Mick Broderick

10. Between Orbit and the Ground: Conflict Monitoring, Google Earth and the "Crisis in Darfur" Project Lisa Parks

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