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Recording Memories from Political Violence

A Film-maker’s Journey

Based on work the author has carried out with survivor groups in Northern Ireland and South Africa, Recording Memories from Political Violence draws on written and audiovisual texts to describe and analyze the use of documentary filmmaking in recording experiences of political conflict. A variety of issues relevant to the genre are addressed at length, including the importance of ethics in the collaboration between the filmmaker and the participant and the effect of location on the accounts of participants. Cahal McLaughlin draws on the diverse fields of film and cultural studies, as well as nearly twenty years of production experience, in this informed and instructive contribution to documentary filmmaking and post-conflict studies.

164 pages | 24 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2010

Culture Studies

Film Studies

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Raising Heads above the Parapet: Research Questions, 
                 Context and Methodologies
Chapter 2: Telling Our Story: The Springhill Massacre
Chapter 3: A Prisoner’s Journey: Educational Film-making
Chapter 4: We Never Give Up: Reparations in South Africa
Chapter 5: Inside Stories: Memories from the Maze and Long Kesh Prison
Chapter 6: Prisons Memory Archive: Multi-Narrative Story-Telling
Chapter 7: Unheard Voices: Collaboration with WAVE
Chapter 8: Conclusion

Bibliography and Filmography

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