The unwar film

Lebow, Alisa (2015) The unwar film. In: Juhasz, Alexandra and Lebow, Alisa (eds.) A companion to contemporary documentary film. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey. ISBN 9780470671641

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Abstract

While the pro- and anti-war documentaries remain locked in a tense stand-off, the one priming the pump for any given war effort, the other taking the cinematic counter-offensive, two further forms have emerged: what I call the “para-militarist” war documentary and the “unwar” documentary. This essay explores these two modes, the former whic comprises the latest addition to the militarist tradition, and the latter, which poses a laudable antidote to this trend. The “unwar” documentary, it is argued, works to undo very logic that subtends the war documentary, paramilitarist or otherwise, which operates within a direct sphere of “engagement” with militarism, never entirely outside of its bellicose imperatives.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures > PN1995.9.A-Z Other special topics, A-Z > PN1995.9.D6 Documentary films
U Military Science > UH Other services > UH700 Public relations. Press. War correspondents
Depositing User: Alisa Lebow
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 13:11
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2016 14:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/50489
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