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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Film, Culture and Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

Film, Culture and Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

(p.504) Film, Culture and Accountability for Human Rights Abuses
Law and Popular Culture

Carolyn Patty Blum

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an analysis on the relationship between film, culture, and accountability for human rights abuses. It examines the Florida trial of the case of four American churchwomen who were raped and murdered by National Guardsmen in El Salvador in 1980. It explores how popular Hollywood motion pictures reflect broader notions of responsibility and political accountability. It analyses how popular culture influence the relationship between the individual and the broader context of his actions.

Keywords:   human rights abuses, motion pictures, popular culture, political accountability, trials, murder, rape, churchwomen, National Guardsmen, Florida

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