Human Rights Cinema: The Act of Killing and the Act of Watching
Collins, B. 2017. Human Rights Cinema: The Act of Killing and the Act of Watching. No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice. 14.
Over the past twenty years, the phenomenon of Human Rights Cinema has emerged as an important way to think about the relationship between visual culture, human rights and activism. This article will interrogate some of the presuppositions behind this phenomenon and examine what it means for both cinema and the concept of human rights. The article will then look at The Act of Killing, a 2012 documentary that has raised many questions for the project of Human Rights Cinema. It will be argued that The Act of Killing does not fit easily within the canon of Human Rights Cinema, not simply because of controversies surrounding its making, but also because of the challenges it poses for ideas of spectatorship and authority. Furthermore, this article will propose that Slavoj Žižek’s observations on The Act of Killing provide a useful means to critique the understanding of human rights predominant in the concept of Human Rights Cinema.
|Journal||No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice|
|Web address (URL)||http://nofoundations.com/NoFo14_Collins.html|
|Online||01 Jun 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||29 Nov 2017|
|Copyright holder||Colllins, Barry|
|Copyright information||© 2017 NoFo|
|License||All rights reserved|
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