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Film/Video Testimony Of The Holocaust. Includes An Excerpt From ""Night" By Ellie Wiesel.

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Violent events, such as the Holocaust, are perceived aberrations or anomalies from the cultural norm. Whether reason's include popular culture's morbid curiosity, a film director's desire for a contrived image, or a writer's need to make credible otherwise incredible events there seems an almost unending need for their retelling. A narration back into the apparent sociological standard which they defy.Film/Video testimony and written text are two forms of Holocaust representation that have been adopted by individuals to shape, interpret, testify and reflect the 'facts' of the Holocaust.The purpose of this particular inquiry is to explore kind's of meaning and expression that each of the above mentioned forms create. In addition compare the strength's and weaknesses of each medium.If you have ever watched Claude Lanzmann film Shoah it would seem to the undiscerning eye a very atypical form of expression. A question is asked, the victim responds, the viewer assesses the response and subsequently reacts. But is it all so common place? There must be something within the video testimony which causes, in some cases, very strong responses from the viewer.Film and video narrative is a basic structure with at least two levels of narrative intersect. That of film which consists of its lateral movement, editing, and related images and of the survivor's own story from which the video medium revolves around.The purpose of filmed testimony is not to document experiences or present related facts but to preserve broken pieces of memory through the filming of Holocaust survivor's recollections. Unto that a documentation of the understanding and meaning of events generated in the activity of testimony itself.In addition video testimony secures time and space, ties continuities through a combination of experienced events (which then creates new perpetuity and new insights), highlights cause and effect relationships, and validates historical meaning.Holocaust video testimony is dependent on the voice of the individual and the narrative it frames itself around his/her related story. It is these apparent nuances and how they are used which compels us to listen. We can find this in literary testimony but a characteristic that video testimony can give, that literary testimony can not, are the individuals that lies behind them. By showing whole human beings, however inwardly scared they are, video humanizes the survivors. We find the survivors as they are now, which suggests the humanity they had before the attempt to destroy it by the Nazi's during Word War II.We can see the victims' pain through their tears and body language but we also perceive traces of a story the survivors are not telling. In fact it is not even the words that best convey the story. Look at any of the victims in Shoah. Look at their eyes as they swell with tears. Look at the uncomfortable, nervous shifts of their bodies in their chairs as they are retelling their experiences. Hear the uncomfortable...

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