#069 Divergent Histories, Dissonant Wars
Gita created this programme in 2019 as part of her internship at IMPAKT, inspired by the IMPAKT Panorama programme of 2003 called 'Alternative Histories of Modern Conflict'.
“Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one.”
The following selection consists of works which subvert the dominant ideologies and discourses surrounding war, its legitimation, representation, and the ways in which it is mediated to us. The issues addressed by works included in it are still as pertinent today, as much as they were in 2003. Concerns addressed through the programme such as the media industrial complex, its complicity in the support of the U.S military industrial complex and the global implications of their intersection, are still relevant. In today’s new media environment, this programme is especially interesting to consider. We can now try to see and trace how the media as an industry has either been disrupted or further co-opted by various industries using new media technologies and platforms.
Another point to explore is what do these ‘alternative’ histories tell us? Can we identify who writes these histories? What happens when people are denied historical representation through images? Are the histories shown in this programme really ‘alternative’ or do they demonstrate the ‘true’ realities of modern conflict? When history is written by the victors, conceptions of what is considered as ‘alternative’ or ‘truth’ must be called into question.
Films in this programme
(VE 2014, 03:49 mins)
(US 2005, 5:03 mins)
(US 2001, 6:33 mins)
(CA 1988, 7:37 mins)
(IN 2019, 4:10 mins)
(UK 2003, 2:58 mins)
(UK 2009, 8:29 mins)