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The Invisibilities of Political Torture: The Presence of Absence in US and Chilean Cinema and Television

Berenike Jung


In this book, I analyse how torture committed during the War in Iraq and under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile was documented and dramatised across a range of material, including photographs, nonfiction films and television series. Beyond addressing the representational ethics of such images, my work explores affect as critical mode. I demonstrate how some audiovisual texts succeed in making emotional and collective consequences of torture experientially available to the audience, thereby expanding epistemological approaches towards torture to include such long-term and seemingly ‘invisible ... More

Keywords: Torture in cinema, War on terror, Abu Ghraib, contemporary Chilean cinema, Pinochet dictatorship, haptic visuality, affective epistemology, cinematic ethics, representation of violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474436991
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474436991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berenike Jung, author
University of Warwick