Framing Trauma: The Crises of Witnessing

October 11, 2018
1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
National Union Building

Filmmakers and journalists are often drawn, if not driven by a sense of obligation, to tell stories of injustice. School girls kidnapped and forced into becoming sex slaves for Islamist guerrillas, sex workers embroiled in the U.S. criminal courts system, and citizens, police, and community advocates facing escalating violence on the streets of Baltimore: all of these are major stories of 2018, and all of them involve trauma. How do, and how should, journalists and filmmakers tell these important stories? How to balance the need to know and tell “the whole truth” with the emotional well-being of a source who has already suffered deeply? We will hear from directors of new films in which trauma or acute crisis played a role, prominently or as a seemingly inescapable undercurrent.

Session Category :  2018  Sessions