LSE Workshop: International Criminal Justice on/ and Film

The London School of Economics and Political Science, The Centre for International Studies (CSI), 12-13 September 2016


This one a half day interdisciplinary workshop will look at the role of film in the scholarship and practice of international criminal justice. It will explore and consider the various genres of film on international criminal justice, the way histories of international crimes, criminals and their trials and punishments are written through film, the functions and ‘veracity’ of films, the agendas and ideologies in films on international criminal justice, the hierarchies of violence, suffering, ‘crime’ engendered by dominant images and narratives, and the political economy of filming ‘atrocity’ and ‘justice’.

How and why do fiction films use ‘real’ images and documentaries? How do different genres of film stand the charge of commodification? Are films ‘illustrating’ real crimes and real criminals? What role do ‘reenactments’ and new representations play? Does international criminal justice provide a particularly fertile ground for visual means of communication? Why is violence pictured so spectacularly—or is the aim simply to represent it ‘realistically’? Are films gendered and how? Who are the good guys? What are the effects of the identity of the filmmaker on the perceived veracity of the film? Is the act of filmmaking—and the economy of filmmaking, given that clips can command high prices on the news market—changing the behavior of those engaged in conflict or in international criminal justice?

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