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[Commlist] New special issue: The Perpetrator of Crimes Against Humanity in Global Documentary Film

Tue Jun 30 21:53:41 GMT 2020

Fernando Canet is pleased to announce a new edited journal special issue for /Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies/ titled *The Perpetrator of Crimes Against Humanity in Global Documentary Film *(

Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the Fine Arts College (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) (

Special Issue Description:

In recent years, the number of diverse forms of cultural productions focused on the perpetrators has increased significantly eliciting thus a turn toward this problematic figure. The originality of these narratives lies in the shift in point of view they propose: their protagonists, rather than being the victims of the atrocities, are instead their perpetrators. A significant number of documentary films examining crimes against humanity from the perpetrators’ perspective have been released in the two first decades of this century. This current tendency, which I call ‘perpetrator documentary film’, together with the growing scholarly interest in the explorations of the perpetrator underscore the timeliness of this special issue. It aims to explore how the perpetrator of crimes against humanity is represented in recent documentary films (2000–2019) in different sociocultural contexts around the world.


Introductory Reflections on Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity and their Representation in Documentary Film (Fernando Canet).

Perpetrating and resisting fortress USA: documentary strategies of National Bird and Fahrenheit 11/9 (Janet Walker).

Witnessing the perpetrator: testimony and accountability in current Israeli documentary film (Shmulik Duvdevani & Raz Yosef).

From ‘exorcism’ to engagement: the private sphere of perpetratorship in twenty-first century South African documentary film (Michelle E. Anderson).

Remembering perpetrators through documentary film in post-dictatorial Chile (Daniela Jara).

Against family loyalty: documentary films on descendants of perpetrators from the last Argentinean dictatorship (Lior Zylberman).

Facing the perpetrator’s legacy: post-perpetrator generation documentary films (Javier Moral, Gerd Bayer & Fernando Canet).

Refiguring the perpetrator in Rithy Panh’s documentary films: S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine and Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (Didem Alkan).

Using Bourdieu to understand perpetrators in The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence (Oki Rahadianto Sutopo).

‘Forgiveness is something that can be seen from behind’. Visualizing a conversation with a perpetrator and a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in a reconciliation village (Antonio Traverso & Mick Broderick).

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