Through a Lens Darkly

Through a Lens Darkly Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

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Synopsis

While the ashes of the Holocaust were still fresh, Polish Jewish attorney Raphael Lemkin put a name to the tragedy that had decimated his family - genocide. The twentieth century was brutally scarred by the massive scale of genocide and its manifest forms of ethnic cleansing, massacres, and atrocities. We ask how these horrors can be visually translated to the screen while both maintaining their authenticity and serving as commercial (S0(Bentertainment(S1(B. Through an analysis of a series of poignant films on the plight of the Native Americans, the controversial Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and its legacy, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the Hutu-sponsored massacres in Rwanda, the reader can grasp the driving mechanisms of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The oft-repeated, (S0(BNever again(S1(B rings hollow to our ears in the wake of these tragedies in a post-Holocaust era. The films discussed here, both features and documentaries, are set in an historical context that sheds light on the dark side of humanity and are then discussed with the hope of better understanding our frailty. In the end, however, we ask can the (S0(Bunrepresentable(S1(B ever be represented?

Book information

ISBN: 9781433122934
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 283
Weight: 436g
Height: 227mm
Width: 231mm
Spine width: 20mm