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How film and media inspire a response to genocide as an international  

CREATING THE WITNESS: Documenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the  
By Leshu Torchin
University of Minnesota Press | 280 pages | 2012
ISBN 978-0-8166-7623-1 | paperback | $25.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-7622-4 | cloth | $75.00
Series: Visible Evidence, Vol. 26

Creating the Witness examines the role of film and the Internet in  
creating virtual witnesses to genocide over the past one hundred  
years. Leshu Torchin’s broad survey of media and the social practices  
around it investigates the development of popular understandings of  
genocide to achieve recognition and response, ultimately calling on  
viewers to act on behalf of human rights.

"Stunning, urgent, forceful, and necessary, Creating the Witness  
exorcises the ghostly and ghastly representations of genocide and  
pushes them beyond the graveyards and the archives of trauma. This  
magnificent, grounded, and rigorously researched book boldly probes a  
century of imaging genocides in Armenia, Germany, Rwanda, the Balkans,  
the Philippines, the United States, and Darfur across photography,  
documentary, popular culture narrative films, user-generated media,  
and gaming. Leshu Torchin guts how we see and think about genocide: no  
longer spectres or spectacles, those images of the dead from across  
the globe animate dynamic ethical engagements, converting horrified  
reactions into collective action." —Patricia R. Zimmermann, author of  
States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies

Leshu Torchin is lecturer in film studies at the University of St.  

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