My repeated experiences with Beatrice in Padibe Internally Displaced Person’s Camp in Northern Uganda showed that social justice documentary and art work in, or about, situations of mass human rights abuses and war requires a conceptual shift from rational, to implicated, to critical witness. Coupled with my practical experience of using ethnographic research that privileges marginalized voices, and pursuing alternative dissemination opportunities, the critical witness stance can re-conceptualize dominant media and humanitarian narratives on issues such as internal displacement and children in armed conflict. These are first steps in challenging hegemonic practices that tend to bind social documentary media and art-work to a production and dissemination process that simply serves to reinforce prevailing political and economic agendas.
|Keywords:||Documentary, Advocacy Art, Political Art, Witnessing, Conflict, Northern Uganda, Politics of Storytelling|
MFA Documentary Media, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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