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Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship

Shohini Chaudhuri


A few days after 9/11, US Vice-President Dick Cheney invoked the need for the USA to work ‘the dark side’ in its global ‘War on Terror’. This book explores how contemporary cinema treats state-sponsored atrocity, evoking multiple landscapes of state terror. It investigates the ethical potential of cinematic atrocity images, arguing that while films help to create and confirm normative perceptions about atrocities, they can also disrupt those perceptions and build different ones. Asserting a crucial distinction between morality and ethics, the book proposes a new conceptualisation of human righ ... More

Keywords: atrocity, cinema, ethics, embodied spectatorship, human rights, torture, genocide, enforced disappearance, deportation, apartheid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748642632
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shohini Chaudhuri, author
University of Essex