‘The war is so young’:masculinity and war correspondence in Welcome to Sarajevo and Territorio Comanche.

Maroto Camino, Mercedes (2005) ‘The war is so young’:masculinity and war correspondence in Welcome to Sarajevo and Territorio Comanche. Studies in European Cinema, 2 (2). pp. 115-124. ISSN 1741-1548

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The paradigm faced by war correspondents can be paralleled to that encountered by ethnographic observers in that, while often claiming to merely watch, they cannot but become involved in the situation before them. The war correspondent is determined not only by his or her culture, but also by the constraints of the discourses of war reporting. Also, and, perhaps more importantly, they are clearly influenced by the ratings that their items have to attract. This is apparent in two films located during the siege of Sarajevo (1992–95), which were made soon after the Bosnian War ended: Gerardo Herrero's Territorio Comanche (1997), and Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo (1996). In both films, the directors present the work of journalists as enabling audiences to see events from their armchairs; so that our voyeurism renders us accomplices in the presentation of war as spectacle. Ultimately both films bring home the impossibility of neutral reporting and demonstrate how claims to stand aside can be seen as nothing but political positions that are as ethical (or unethical) as they are utopian. In addition, although the directors set out to criticize war, the films deal with gender stereotypes that effectively undermine their challenge.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in European Cinema
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/pb
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 583
Deposited By: Dr Mercedes Maroto Camino
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2007
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 07:12
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/583

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