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Title: The issue of emotion in stories of conflict : documentary filmmaking in a post conflict Northern Ireland
Author: Keeney, Declan
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 1094
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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Utilising a practice-based methodology, articulated through an engagement with cognitive film theory, this study is concerned with the construction processes of documentary films that seek to record traumatic stories from victims and survivors of conflict. The implications for participants and the integrity of the film work are explored by employing various filmic strategies across three original documentary film productions, created for this study. In particular, this study is concerned with the manifestation of emotion in documentary film. The motivation for this research comes from the author’s substantive professional experience in the production of broadcast documentary and television news outputs in the period immediately after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Meeting victims, survivors and former combatants, often years after significant traumatic events in their lives, it was striking how recounting their lived experience on camera, was still a highly emotional experience for many. Bound up in the recording process of these stories, are significant ethical and editorial challenges for the filmmaker. The overarching aim of this study was to contribute to an informed understanding of how trauma functions in the making of documentary film work about conflict. The contention is that where trauma manifests, so too can be found a significant number of difficult ethical, moral and editorial challenges for the filmmaker. This study seeks therefore, to interrogate the processes of managing emotion in the production of new film work where testimony is a core component. The films created for this study, feature stories from victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland conflict known as the Troubles, and the Siege of Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. This study will argue that emotion is a significant modifier of memory and that documenting emotional testimony has significant implications for the participant, the audience’s reception of the story and the creative process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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