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Testimony and memory : re-writeable video memoirs

Goddard, Stephen 2009, Testimony and memory : re-writeable video memoirs, in FHAANZ 2008 : Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand : Remapping Cinema, Remaking History, University of Otago, Department of Media, Film and Communication, Dunedin, N.Z., pp. 44-55.

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Title Testimony and memory : re-writeable video memoirs
Author(s) Goddard, Stephen
Conference name Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (14th : 2008 : Dunedin, N.Z.)
Conference location Dunedin, N.Z.
Conference dates 27-30 Nov. 2008
Title of proceedings FHAANZ 2008 : Proceedings of the XIVth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand : Remapping Cinema, Remaking History
Editor(s) Fowler, Catherine
Simmons, Rochelle
Publication date 2009
Conference series Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand
Start page 44
End page 55
Publisher University of Otago, Department of Media, Film and Communication
Place of publication Dunedin, N.Z.
Summary In Chris Marker’s Sunless (1985), the narrator states: “We do not remember, we re-write memory much as history is rewritten.” This presentation considers the ways in which my parents’ stories have been (and can be) re-written. In 1996, my father and mother engaged in a process of remembering, narrating and re-considering their histories when their video testimonies were recorded for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. They experienced much of World War II in different locations – only re-united after many months. For these video testimonies, they were recorded separately – once again, with a distance of many months between. Whenever there is an attempt to protect a story from interruption and contradiction, narrative multiplicity arises. By comparing and analysing their separate stories in terms of what was said, what was not said, what was unspeakable, and what was unknowable, I am interested in the uncertainties, the gaps, and the different ways in which they attempted to re-make their own histories whilst in the midst of storytelling. I am also interested in re-editing these memoirs into a multi-perspectival family video album, in which the stories and storytellers re-inhabit a shared and re-writeable space of storytelling.
ISBN 9780473148867
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2009, University of Otago
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019285

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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