Radical Documentary and Global Crises: Militant Evidence in the Digital Age (Paperback)

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When independent filmmakers, activists, and amateurs document the struggle for rights, representation, and revolution, they instrumentalize images by advocating for a particular outcome. Ryan Watson calls this "militant evidence."

In Radical Documentary and Global Crises, Watson centers the discussion on extreme conflict, such as the Iraq War, the occupation of Palestine, the war in Syria, mass incarceration in the United States, and child soldier conscription in the Congo. Under these conditions, artists and activists aspire to document, archive, witness, and testify. The result is a set of practices that turn documentary media toward a commitment to feature and privilege the media made by the people living through the terror. This footage is then combined with new digitally archived images, stories, and testimonials to impact specific social and political situations.

Radical Documentary and Global Crises re-orients definitions of what a documentary is, how it functions, how it circulates, and how its effect is measured, arguing that militant evidence has the power to expose, to amass, and to adjudicate.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Misericordia University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253058003
ISBN-10: 0253058007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 254
Language: English