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Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the Internet

Leshu Torchin


Since the beginning of the conflict in 2003, more than 300,000 lives have been lost in Darfur. Players of the video game Darfur Is Dying learn this sobering fact and more as they endeavor to ensure the survival of a virtual refugee camp. The video game not only puts players in the position of a struggling refugee, it shows them how they can take action in the real world. This book examines the role of film and the Internet in creating virtual witnesses to genocide over the past 100 years. The book asks how visual media work to produce witnesses—audiences who are drawn into action. The argument ... More

Keywords: virtual refugee camp, Darfur is Dying, film, Internet, genocide, visual media, Holocaust, WITNESS, witnessing, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816676224
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leshu Torchin, author
Lecturer in Film Studies at University of St. Andrews