Death, image, memory: the genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath in photography and documentary film

Cieplak, Piotr (2017) Death, image, memory: the genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath in photography and documentary film. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London. ISBN 9781137579874

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Abstract

This book explores how photography and documentary film have participated in the representation of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath. This in-depth analysis of professional and amateur photography and the work of Rwandan and international filmmakers offers an insight into not only the unique ability of images to engage with death, memory and the need for evidence, but also their helplessness and inadequacy when confronted with the enormity of the event.

Focusing on a range of films and photographs, the book tests notions of truth, evidence, record and witnessing – so often associated with documentary practice – in the specific context of Rwanda and the wider representational framework of African conflict and suffering. Death, Image, Memory is an inquiry into the multiple memorial and evidentiary functions of images that transcends the usual investigations into whether photography and documentary film can reliably attest to the occurrence and truth of an event.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Rwanda, Genocide, Photography, Documentary Film
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Piotr Cieplak
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 08:05
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 08:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70090
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