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The documentary call for action: solidarity films, media activism and public broadcasting in Sweden during the Vietnam war
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 1970 on the evening of March 10, the Swedish TV audience was presented with an in-house documentary entitled 7 ton bomber per person (”7 tons of bombs per person”). The traces of five years of intense bombing over North Vietnam appeared in the framings of ruins and bomb craters, and through filmed testimonies of everyday life in the shadow of war.

Departing from a case study on the Swedish context of media activism and public television, this paper offers a conceptual account of the “solidarity films” of this era. A related problem is the articulated subjectivity of first person documentary. As Michael Chanan reminds us, the style and ideals of cinéma vérité coincided with “the television reporter crossing the gap from the voice-over to the talking head in front of the camera”, and, we may add, with the appearance of ordinary people in close-up, the intimacy of the small screen, and the domestic screen culture of television.[1]

[1]/ Michael Chanan, ”The Role of History in the Individual”, in Alisa Lebow ed., The Cinema of Me, p. 24.

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Keyword [en]
Documentary cinema, public broadcasting, media activism, Vietnam War
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95156OAI: diva2:658800
The NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) conference "Media Politics ‒ Political Media", Prague, 19-21 June 2013
The Documentary Call for Action: War Protest, Solidarity Film, and Public Broadcasting in Sweden 1962-1975
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-10-22 Created: 2013-10-22 Last updated: 2013-10-25Bibliographically approved

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