Death, Image, Memory

The Genocide in Rwanda and its Aftermath in Photography and Documentary Film

  • Piotr Cieplak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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    Pages 1-23
  3. Piotr Cieplak
    Pages 25-53
  4. Piotr Cieplak
    Pages 195-199
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-230

About this book


This book explores how photography and documentary film have participated in the representation of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath. This in-depth analysis of professional and amateur photography and the work of Rwandan and international filmmakers offers an insight into not only the unique ability of images to engage with death, memory and the need for evidence, but also their helplessness and inadequacy when confronted with the enormity of the event. 

Focusing on a range of films and photographs, the book tests notions of truth, evidence, record and witnessing – so often associated with documentary practice – in the specific context of Rwanda and the wider representational framework of African conflict and suffering. Death, Image, Memory is an inquiry into the multiple memorial and evidentiary functions of images that transcends the usual investigations into whether photography and documentary film can reliably attest to the o
ccurrence and truth of an event. 


death documentary film genocide memory photography Rwanda image Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Piotr Cieplak
    • 1
  1. 1.Brunel University LondonUxbridgeUnited Kingdom

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