Recording Memories from Political Violence (Book)

A Film-maker's Journey

Based on work the author has carried out with survivor groups in South Africa and Northern Ireland, Recording Memories from Political Violence combines written and audiovisual texts to describe and analyse 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. 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.


Cahal McLaughlin is a senior lecturer at the School of Media, Film and Journalism at the University of Ulster. He is also a documentary filmmaker whose recent projects include Inside Stories: Memories of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison and We Never Give Up.

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 Filmmaking 
Chapter 4: We Never Give Up: Reparations in South Africa 
Chapter 5: Inside Stories: Memories from The Maze and Long Kesh Prison 
Chapter 6: Inside Stories: Insider Outsider Perspectives 
Chapter 7: Prisons Memory Archive
Chapter 8: Unheard Voices

A book about memory, trust, and an invaluable historical recording. It would be a disservice ... if the memories and voices in these films didn’t attract as wide an audience as possible.

Jenny Meegan and Philip O’Sullivan, Irish Studies Review

A good example of how research and practice can walk hand in hand. ... Very well written.

Laura Santos Lopes de Aguiar, Crime, Media and Culture
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