Perpetrators’ testimonies versus film directors’ ethics
A growing number of documentary films examine crimes against humanity from the perpetrators’ perspective. Many feature interviews with perpetrators and are directed by victims. Despite the growing interest in the films, relatively little is known about the representation of perpetrators in academic literature. In this context, the EU-funded PERPREP project will study documentary filmmakers’ political and ethical narrative strategies of representing genocidal perpetrators. Using narratology to analyse directors’ depiction of perpetrators, the focus will be on four genocides: the Holocaust, the 1965-1966 Indonesian massacres, the Cambodian genocide, and the genocide of the Tutsi. The findings will shed light on how documentary filmmakers reframe the perpetrators’ self-deceptions to undermine the perpetrators’ accounts of history.
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