Cultural Producers In Perilous States
Editing Events, Documenting Change
We meet a South African playwright who is shaping a distinctive form of activist journalism; a New Guinean producer who manages several media careers; Polish and German filmmakers developing critical documentaries on compromised new orders; a Columbian artist who provides powerful representations of endemic violence in her society; and writers from Martinique and Argentina with varied careers in the arts, media, and politics who provide tragicomic accounts of the marginal situations of their societies.
Cynical, hopeful, ambivalent all at once, these cultural producers in perilous states share a keen awareness of the marginality of their societies in the broader context of global change, and associate integrity in the reporting of local events with a critical politics of representation.
George E. Marcus
I: Cultural Producers as Journalists
1: Natural Cockroaches Fly: Khaba Mkhize and Communitarian Journalism in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2: The Most Visible Hand: Russian Journalism and Media-Context
Thomas C. Wolfe
II: Cultural Producers as Filmmakers and Artists
3: Filming Poland: The Ethnographic (Documentary, Narrative) Films of Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
Michael M. J. Fischer
4: Correspondences: A Letter from Germany
5: The Accented Style of the Independent Transnational Cinema: A Conversation with Atom Egoyan
6: Art and Media-tion: Reflections on Violence and Representation
III: Cultural Producers as "Intellectuals"
7: Mediating Martinique: The "Paradoxical Trajectory" of Raphael Confiant
8: Interview with Albert Toro
9: Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande - Small Town, Large Hell: Toward the Global Village?
IV: Looking Backward and Forward: A Pre(re)view
10: Pescando en Rio Revuelto: The Crisis of Human Rights in Colombia