Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Author Biography

Baskar 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. She is author of Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry as well as Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust; She is co-editor of Feminism and Documentary (With Diane Waldman) and editor of Westerns: Films through History.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: moving testimoniesp. 1
Embodied memory: the institutional mediation of survivor testimony in the united states holocaust memorial museump. 35
"We shall drown, but we shall not move": the ecologies of testimony in nba documentariesp. 59
Rights and return: perils and fantasies of situated testimony after Katrinap. 83
From "super babies" and "nazi bastards" to victims finding a voice: the memory trajectory of the norwegian lebensbom childrenp. 115
Reclamation of voice: the joint authorship of testimony in the murmuring trilogyp. 135
Trauma, memory, documentary: re-enactment in two films by rithy panh (cambodia) and garin nugroho (indonesia)p. 155
On documentary and testimony: the revisionists' history, the politics of truth, and the remembrance of the massacre at acteal, chiapasp. 173
Mediating testimony: broadcasting south africa's truth and reconciliation commissionp. 196
Mediating genocide: producing digital survivor testimony in rwandap. 215
Between orbit and the ground: conflict monitoring, google earth and the "crisis in darfur" projectp. 245
Contributorsp. 268
Indexp. 272
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