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Militant/Activist/Insurgent Media Publications

Alisa Lebow sent a query to the Visible Evidence listserv on 1/30/2021, asking for publications from the last 10 years about militant/activist/insurgent/revolutionary media and film. This list compiles the responses to her query.


Allan, Diana K. “Watching Photos in Shatila: Visualizing Politics in the 2011 March of Return.” Visual Anthropology 29, no. 3 (April 14, 2016): 296–314.

Anden-Papadopoulos, Kari. “Image Activism After the Arab Uprisings| Producing Image Activism After the Arab Uprisings ‒ Introduction.” International journal of communication 14 (2020).

Bamba, Mahomed. “In the Name of ‘cinema Action’ and Third World: The Intervention of Foreign Film-Makers in Mozambican Cinema in the 1970s and 1980s.” Journal of African Cinemas 3, no. 2 (March 1, 2012): 173–85.

Boyle, Deirdre. Subject to change: Guerrilla television revisited. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997

Eshun, Kodwo, and Ros Gray. “The Militant Image: A Ciné‐geography.” Third Text 25, no. 1 (January 2011): 1–12.

Gray, Ros. Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution: Anti-colonialism, independence and internationalism in filmmaking, 1968-1991. Boydell & Brewer, 2020.

Gregory, Sam. “Cameras Everywhere Revisited: How Digital Technologies and Social Media Aid and Inhibit Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy.” Journal of Human Rights Practice 11, no. 2 (July 1, 2019): 373–92.

Gregory, Sam. “Ubiquitous Witnesses: Who Creates the Evidence and the Live(d) Experience of Human Rights Violations?” Information, Communication and Society 18, no. 11 (August 4, 2015): 1378–92.

Hadouchi, Olivier. “‘African Culture Will Be Revolutionary or Will Not Be’: William Klein’s Film of the First Pan‐African Festival of Algiers (1969).” Third Text 25, no. 1 (January 2011): 117–28.

Lebow, Alisa. Filming Revolution. Stanford University Press, 2018.

Manoukian, Setrag. “Where Is This Place? Crowds, Audio-Vision, and Poetry in Postelection Iran.” Public Culture 22, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 237–63.

McLaughlin, Cahal, and Siobhán Wills. “Possibilities and Challenges: Issues in Ethical Filmmaking Using It Stays with You as a Case Study.” Ethics and Integrity in Visual Research Methods, June 5, 2020, 93–103.

Mestman, Mariano. “Third Cinema/Militant Cinema: At the Origins of the Argentinian Experience (1968–1971).” Third Text 25, no. 1 (January 2011): 29–40.

Musser, Charles. “By, For and About’: Black Journal and the Rise of Multi-Cultural Documentary in New York City, 1968-1975.” Essay. In William Greaves: Filmmaking as Mission, edited by Scott MacDonald and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart. New York: Columbia University Press, 2021.

Musser, Charles. “Carl Marzani and Union Films: Making Left-Wing Documentaries during the Cold War, 1946–53.” The Moving Image 9, no. 1 (2009): 104–60.

Musser, Charles. “Discovering Union Films and Its Archives.” Cinémas : revue d’études cinématographiques / Cinémas: Journal of Film Studies 24, no. 2–3 (May 22, 2014): 125–60.

Razsa, Maple John. “Beyond ‘Riot Porn’: Protest Video and the Production of Unruly Subjects.” Ethnos 79, no. 4 (April 8, 2013): 496–524.

Richardson, Allissa V. Bearing witness while black: African Americans, smartphones, and the new protest #journalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Robe, Chris, and Stephen Charbonneau. Insurgent media from the front: A media activism reader. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2020.

Snowdon, Peter. The people are not an image: Vernacular video after the Arab Spring. London: Verso, 2020.

Solanas, Fernando, and Octavio Getino. “Towards a Third Cinema: Notes and Experiences for the Development of a Cinema of Liberation in the Third World.” Black Camera 13, no. 1 (2021): 378.

Stone, Livia K. “Romper El Cerco: An Ethnography of Transnational Collaborative Film.” Essay. In Adjusting the Lens: Community and Collaborative Video in Mexico, edited by Freya Schiwy and Byrt Wammack Weber. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.

Stone, Livia K. “Suffering Bodies and Scenes of Confrontation: The Art and Politics of Representing Structural Violence.” Visual Anthropology Review 31, no. 2 (October 27, 2015): 177–89.

Watson, Ryan, and Sarah Hamblin, eds. “Radical Documentary in the Globalized Age of New Media.” Studies in Documentary Film 13, no. 3 (2019).

Watson, Ryan. “Affective Radicality: Prisons, Palestine, and Interactive Documentary.” Feminist Media Studies 17, no. 4 (June 5, 2017): 600–615.

Watson, Ryan. “In the Wakes of Rodney King: Militant Evidence and Media Activism in the Age of Viral Black Death.” The Velvet Light Trap 84 (September 2019): 34–49.

Watson, Ryan. Radical documentary and global crises: Militant evidence in the Digital age. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2021.

Westmoreland, Mark R. “Street Scenes: The Politics of Revolutionary Video in Egypt.” Visual Anthropology 29, no. 3 (April 14, 2016): 243–62.

Westmoreland, Mark R., and Diana K. Allan. “Visual Revolutions in the Middle East.” Visual Anthropology 29, no. 3 (April 14, 2016): 205–10.

Yaqub, Nadia G. Palestinian cinema in the days of Revolution. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2018.

Yervasi, Carina. “Youth and Média-Engagé: Is This West Africa’s Heterolinguistic Cinéma-Monde?” Cinéma-monde, March 1, 2018.

Zamorano, Gabriela. Indigenous media and political imaginaries in contemporary Bolivia. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

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