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Diary of a documentary in the making: filming the local imaginaries of post-dictatorship Argentina

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Philippa Page



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This article constitutes the diary of a documentary in the making, a documentary that aims to create a cinematic map of the local imaginaries of post-dictatorship transition. It charts the development and unfolding of a project that uses film as a medium—both its reception by audiences and its creative potential as a mode of documenting and expressing social phenomena artistically—in order to map and produce fresh understanding of the multifaceted and layered, polysemous set of social imaginaries of the memory of Argentina’s civic-military-ecclesiastic dictatorship and the ensuing post-dictatorship transition to democracy. This cinematic journey into the Dantesque labyrinth of the imaginary unfolds in the liminal space between the imagination and the real. In doing so, intimate lived experience resonates through public displays of trauma taking us into a yet-to-be-defined space that is neither documentary nor fiction.

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Author(s): Page P, Sosa C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Comunicación y Medios

Year: 2019

Volume: 39

Pages: 186-197

Online publication date: 30/06/2019

Acceptance date: 16/05/2019

Date deposited: 16/05/2019

ISSN (print): 0716-3991

ISSN (electronic): 0719-1529

Publisher: Universidad de Chile


DOI: 10.5354/0719-1529.2019.52982


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AH/R006512/1Arts & Humanities Research Board-AHRB (now AHRC)