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Accepted Paper:

Narrating truth and doing justice: Imagining (alternative) futures in contemporary Andean cinema  

Author:

Martha-Cecilia Dietrich (University of Amsterdam)

Paper short abstract:

Since the end of the internal armed conflict, a group of self-taught filmmakers have taken up cameras to tell their stories of violence and conflict in the Peruvian Andes. This paper argues that cinema from the Andes resists contemporary memory regimes and allows for reimagining alternative futures.

Paper long abstract:

Corruption, gang violence, and organized crime have fueled a general distrust in politicians and state authorities in the Peruvian Andes since the end of the internal armed conflict (1980-2000). As a response, a group of self-taught filmmakers from Ayacucho have taken up cameras to tell their own stories of violence and conflict in the region. These films provide a highly critical, if not radical, social commentary on the country's ruling elite and its official narratives of conflicted pasts. Fiction here has the role of narrating truth and delivering justice that is otherwise unobtainable. In this paper, I argue that cinema from the Andes is a form of doing memory politics that resists contemporary memory regimes and allows for reimagining alternative futures.

Panel P121
Filming Futures: ethnographic film and future-making in critical contexts [FAN and VANEASA]