The Rwandan Genocide in Popular Film

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Matthew Edwards
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This is a call for papers for a new anthology on The Rwandan Genocide in Popular FIlm and how this tragic event has been represented in popular film and documentary.

Through films such as Hotel Rwanda, Shooting Dogs, Shake Hands with the Devil the collection will look to analyse the cultural aftermath of the genocide through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political aftermath of the genocide (both from a Western and African standpoint)? How do these films portray the Tutsi/Hutu peoples and do they call argue for reconciliation as a means of easing the memory of the past.

The collection is looking for scholarly essays on any aspect of the Rwandan Genocide in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered/documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event.

Please send a full abstract and full biography to All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system).

Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and a forthcoming anthology on German actor Klaus Kinski (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which will be published in 2016 by McFarland and Co. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.