This AHRC-funded international conference, part of the Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 programme, is hosted by Queen’s University Belfast and will explore the relationship between history and film in a global context. The keynote speaker is Dr Alan Marcus (University of Aberdeen). The programme of events includes a screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, followed by a Q&A with the film's producer.
How should film as a medium frame the past and represent historical events? What is the role of film in shaping public perceptions of the past? How have film-makers addressed contested histories and divided societies in different parts of the world, including Ireland? Can film enhance historical understanding and post-conflict reconciliation?
These questions will be addressed in a series of discussions between historians, film and media scholars, community organisers, educators and film-makers.
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