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Film that 'brings human rights to life'

Nash, Kate. 2018. Film that 'brings human rights to life'. Public Culture, 30(3), pp. 393-412. ISSN 0899-2363 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this article I explore what feature-length films of the kind that are shown in human rights film festivals contribute to human rights culture. Analysing films that feature victims (including, in some detail, Sonita) and perpetrators (notably The Act of Killing), I argue that a viewer is called on to identify with the protagonist who drives forward a narrative of self-responsibilisation – regardless of any commitment s/he may make then to either organised political action or to ethical deconstruction of a film’s narrative. It is principally through work on the self to become a subject of human rights that human rights films are contributing to human rights culture – in advance of a global community of citizens and institutions that might regularly and routinely secure human rights for all.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-6912103

Keywords:

cultural politics, humanitarian gaze, individualization, subjectivity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
30 June 2017Accepted
1 September 2018Published Online

Item ID:

20620

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2017 16:24

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2018 07:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20620

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