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