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Through a Lens Darkly

Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Edited By John J. Michalczyk and SJ Raymond G. Helmick

While the ashes of the Holocaust were still fresh, Polish Jewish attorney Raphael Lemkin put a name to the tragedy that had decimated his family – genocide. The twentieth century was brutally scarred by the massive scale of genocide and its manifest forms of ethnic cleansing, massacres, and atrocities. We ask how these horrors can be visually translated to the screen while both maintaining their authenticity and serving as commercial «entertainment». Through an analysis of a series of poignant films on the plight of the Native Americans, the controversial Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and its legacy, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the Hutu-sponsored massacres in Rwanda, the reader can grasp the driving mechanisms of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The oft-repeated, «Never again» rings hollow to our ears in the wake of these tragedies in a post-Holocaust era. The films discussed here, both features and documentaries, are set in an historical context that sheds light on the dark side of humanity and are then discussed with the hope of better understanding our frailty. In the end, however, we ask can the «unrepresentable» ever be represented?

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A Ajami, dirs. Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani (2009) ...................................................... 207, 210 Amen., dir. Costa-Gavras (2002).................................................90, 91, 121–131, 132, 139, 144 And Crown Thy Good: Varian Fry in Marseille, dir. Pierre Sauvage (forthcoming) ............. 110 L’Année dernière à Marienbad, dir. Alain Resnais (1961) .................................................... 101 Amreeka, dir. Cherien Dabis (2009)............................................................................... 208, 210 Ararat, dir. Atom Egoyan (2002)......................................................................... 36, 38–47, 274 The Architecture of Doom, dir. Peter Cohen (1989)....................................................... 115–120 B The Big Sky, dir. Howard Hawks (1952).................................................................................. 12 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, dir.Mark Herman (2008) ...................................................... 92 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, dir. Yves Simoneau (2007) ......................................... 17–21 C Calendar, dir. Atom Egoyan (1993) ........................................................................................41 Chariots of Fire, dir. Hugh Hudson (1981)............................................................................ 164 Cheyenne Autumn, dir. John Ford (1964)............................................................................. 9, 15 Cimarron, dir. Wesley Ruggles (1931) ....................................................................................12 City of Life and Death, dir. Chaun Lu (2009) .................................................................... 62–66 Confessions of a Monster: (Film clip, Sarajevo Ground Zero, 1994) .................................... 202 Congo: White King, Red Rubber, and Black Death, dir. Peter Bate (2004) ................... 263–266 Crash, dir. Paul Haggis (2004) .............................................................................................. 207 Cry Freedom, dir. Richard Attenborough (1987)................................................................... 220 D Death Mills, dir. Billy Wilder (1945).......................................................................................76 Dessine Moi (Children’s Hospital) (Film clip, Sarajevo Ground Zero, 1994)....................... 202 The Devil Came on Horseback, dirs. Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (2007)............... 250–254 Devils on the Doorstep, dir. Wen Jiang (2000) ........................................................................ 63 The Diary of Anne Frank, dir. George Stevens (1959) ........................................ 80–83, 98, 137 Divine Intervention, dir. Elia Suleiman (2002) .............................................................. 208, 210 Dogs and Bums (Film clip, Sarajevo Ground...

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