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Cinematic perspectives on the 'war on terror' : the road to Guantanamo (2006) and activist cinema.

Bennett, Bruce (2008) Cinematic perspectives on the 'war on terror' : the road to Guantanamo (2006) and activist cinema. New Cinemas : Journal of Contemporary Film, 6 (2). pp. 111-126. ISSN 1474-2756

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    Abstract

    Starting from the premise that Michael Winterbottom’s films exemplify a certain model of transnational cinema, because they are made with international crews and casts, shot on location around the world, financed by transnational capital, and concerned with questions of borders, immigration, imperialism and identity, this article offers a close analysis of The Road to Guantánamo (2006) in order to set out the kind of political practice it claims Winterbottom’s cinema enacts. The Road to Guantánamo appears to have been conceived as a very precise and partial intervention in the mediated public sphere: it was released simultaneously in cinemas, on broadcast television, on DVD and over the internet for streaming and downloading. By addressing multiple and overlapping publics in this particularly direct way, the film was revealing its partial and contestatory status, a status deriving as much from the multiple media of its transmission as from its content. Offering a close analysis of the heterogeneous composition of The Road to Guantánamo and the striking coolness and neutrality of its style of docudrama (also characteristic of Winterbottom’s other films), the article concludes that the film may refrain from political affect because of its concern with political effects, and addresses specific and informed publics in a new type of political practice made possible by transnational media and a recently transnationalized public sphere.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New Cinemas : Journal of Contemporary Film
    Uncontrolled Keywords: borders ; Guantánamo ; transnational ; terrorism ; docudrama ; heterogeneity ; cinema ; war on terror ; Michael Winterbottom
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 26039
    Deposited By: Dr Bruce Bennett
    Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 14:58
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:19
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26039

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