- Title Pages
- 1 Artistic Citizenship
- 2 Art and Citizenship
- 3 New York Reimagined
- 4 Artistry, Ethics, and Citizenship
- 5 Arts Education as/for Artistic Citizenship
- 6 Art as a Bad Public Good
- 7 Movement Potentials and Civic Engagement
- 8 Dance It, Film It, Share It
- 9 Moving Comfortably Between Continuity and Disruption
- 10 Re/imagining Artivism
- 11 Queer and Trans People of Color Community Arts Collective
- 12 Slow FAST Forward
- 13 Tactical Citizenship
- 14 Ghostly Testimonies
- 15 Music, Social Change, and Alternative Forms of Citizenship
- 16 Citizens or Subjects?
- 17 Arts-Based Service Learning with Indigenous Communities
- 18 Alchemies of Sanctioned Value
- 19 The Points Are Not the Point, But Do They Still Matter?
- 20 Poet as Citizen in a Contested Nation
- 21 Songs of Passage and Sacrifice
- 22 Applied Theater and Citizenship in the Puerto Rican Community
- 23 Performing Citizenship
- 24 Valuing Performance
- 25 A New Letter Named Square
- 26 Working All the Time
- 27 Image as Ignorant Schoolmaster
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Re-enactment and Ethical Responsibility in Contemporary Israeli Documentary Cinema
- (p.272) 14 Ghostly Testimonies
- Artistic Citizenship
- Oxford University Press
The chapter examines the civic ethical role played by contemporary Israeli documentary film artists in representing testimonies related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It discusses the special use of documentary re-enactment in depicting those testimonies, focusing on the film Testimony. The performative re-enactment in this film has a spectral power to retrieve the voices and bodies of the original testimonies and witnesses to which no listener had been found and, at the same time, to give them a new form, unveiling the ghostly presence of hidden and silenced historical pasts of Palestinians and Israelis, Arab and Jews, as well as of Arab-Jews, haunting both the film and the viewers. The artistic civic role that the filmmaker has taken upon himself is to encourage spectators to bear witness and take ethical responsibility for the lost stories we did not wish to see and which we wanted to forget.
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