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Towards a cultural geopolitics: on the making of a documentary-poetry film about a post-conflict place

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



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Made in collaboration with an independent filmmaker and two poets, the documentary-poetry film Bridges <Bosnia 20> presents life in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina, and delivers a clear message: the war in Bosnia is not yet firmly located in the past. Shot through a computer screen, Bridges <Bosnia 20> forces the viewer to witness the war in Bosnia and its aftermath via-the-gaze of an unknown spectator, sitting on an Apple Mac laptop. Through this modern technological distancing, we re-present here images of war in a digital age, question how war is usually packaged and represented on television, and in turn interrogate, through poetry, how war is traditionally remembered and memorialised. In so doing, Bridges <Bosnia 20> leads us to a conclusion, in Srebrenica, in 2015: in order to invest in the possibility of a just future after conflict, it is necessary to acknowledge the unthinkable realities to which traumatic experience bears witness.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Riding J, Wake-Walker J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fennia

Year: 2017

Volume: 195

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-84

Print publication date: 20/06/2017

Online publication date: 20/06/2017

Acceptance date: 20/05/2017

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0015-0010

ISSN (electronic): 1798-5617

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura, Geographical Society of Finland


DOI: 10.11143/fennia.60213

Notes: Gold open access: fully open access journal


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