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Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering

Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering

by Bhaskar Sarkar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415996635

ISBN-13: 9780415996631

Pub. Date: 11/11/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Documentary Testimonies examines documentary films that compel us to bear witness, move us to anger or tears, and possibly mobilize us to action.

Comprising ten new essays and a substantive introduction, this interdisciplinary volume examines audiovisual testimonial practices, forms, and institutions. Topics include: technologies of capture, storage

Overview

Documentary Testimonies examines documentary films that compel us to bear witness, move us to anger or tears, and possibly mobilize us to action.

Comprising ten new essays and a substantive introduction, this interdisciplinary volume examines audiovisual testimonial practices, forms, and institutions. Topics include: technologies of capture, storage and circulation; problems of historical veracity/frail memory; generation of video archives--official, renegade, and ephemeral; limits and potentialities of documentary as public record; architectonics of memory; ethics of witnessing and commemoration; human rights and activist publics.

The essays provide 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. The contributors focus on the generation and use of testimony by public administrators and institutions, human rights activists, documentary filmmakers, and others with interest in environmental justice, human rights, social advocacy, and the commemoration/prevention of genocide. Thus, this volume aims to investigate, from a critical and translocal perspective, testimony as social practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415996631
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/11/2009
Series:
AFI Film Readers Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: moving testimonies Bhaskar Sarkar Janet Walker 1

1 Embodied memory: the institutional mediation of survivor testimony in the united states holocaust memorial museum Noah Shenker 35

2 "We shall drown, but we shall not move": the ecologies of testimony in nba documentaries Bishnupriya Ghosh 59

3 Rights and return: perils and fantasies of situated testimony after Katrina Janet Walker 83

4 From "super babies" and "nazi bastards" to victims finding a voice: the memory trajectory of the norwegian lebensbom children Bjørn Sørenssen 115

5 Reclamation of voice: the joint authorship of testimony in the murmuring trilogy Hye Jean Chung 135

6 Trauma, memory, documentary: re-enactment in two films by rithy panh (cambodia) and garin nugroho (indonesia) Deirdre Boyle 155

7 On documentary and testimony: the revisionists' history, the politics of truth, and the remembrance of the massacre at acteal, chiapas Joié Rahasa 173

8 Mediating testimony: broadcasting south africa's truth and reconciliation commission Catherine M. Cole 196

9 Mediating genocide: producing digital survivor testimony in rwanda Wick Broderick 215

10 Between orbit and the ground: conflict monitoring, google earth and the "crisis in darfur" project Lisa Parks 245

Contributors 268

Index 272

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