Memory Devices: Reflections about the Animated Documentary Films


Documentary films have an impact on the construction of historical memory. As cultural devices aren__t neutral means to reach ends and goals; are extremely varied and are keys to foster massive and reciprocal knowledge between societies in this increasingly global and technology-mediated world. To create a documentary artwork that has an effect on the community, involves producing the increased communication. To increase the effect of meaning, it must start from the fragmentation of a unique landmark event in its essential qualities, which must be re-created with the voice of the witnesses, with other constructions as metaphors, synthesizing its information with graphics and infographics. Sounds represent the blasts of the bombs in the war, harangues the crowd clamoring for justice, the sound of rain depicting distress and helplessness, its colorimetry leads to the perception of the viewer to experience the moment of heat, powerlessness and violence. The documentary must represent the annihilation of a reality of which they were part, and the destruction of structures that were part of their heritage and their collective memories. Position the animated documentary film as a __transcultural device__ for the construction and memories transmission, and as a transcultural device, enables the transmission of traumatic events of the Colombian armed conflict by re-creating and resignifying them, and by reaching a large public. In a few words, animated documentaries can show what memories by themselves are not able to represent.

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Bianca Su√°rez, Universidad Manuela Beltr√°n, Colombia
Angela Urrea, Universidad Manuela Beltr√°n, Colombia

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Conference: FilmAsia2015
Stream: Anime and Digital Film Production

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