Fathers and sons: Loss and truth in war films from Bosnia and Sri Lanka
Cham : Springer
InLippens, R.; Murray, E. (ed.), Representing the experience of war and atrocity: Interdisciplinary explorations in visual criminology, pp. 93-121
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Lippens, R.; Murray, E. (ed.), Representing the experience of war and atrocity: Interdisciplinary explorations in visual criminology
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
In their chapter on cinematic - fictional - representations of fatherhood in postwar Bosnia and Sri Lanka the authors analyze cinematic representation of the protagonist Fathers' sense of loss, and their search for the truth about their soldier-Sons' deaths. They argue that Prasanna Vithanage's Death on a Full Moon Day (1997) and Pjer Zalica's Fuse (2003) engage in a rare but beautifully executed construction of alternative masculinities. This is done by stressing three characteristics of the Father figures: their physical and mental impairments and capacities; their position vis-à-vis their communities; and their relation to the state. The non-heroic, anti-ideological aspects of the Sons' soldiering further help the Fathers to resist appropriation of their war-suffering and loss, and to stubbornly insist on their specific understanding of the truth about the war and its devastating effects.
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