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The Aesthetics of Remembrance: Documentary Films on Persecution and Political Incarceration during Spain’s Dictatorship
Dr. Maureen Tobin Stanley, of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, explores three documentaries based on Ángel Fernández’s testimonial narratives. Resistant fighter, sixteen-year political prisoner in Franco’s jails and current expatriate, Ángel Fernández has penned several written testimonies,[1] participated in the documentary films Te doy mi palabra (I Give You My Word, 2012, dir. Quino González) and Au temps des roses rouges (Time of the Red Roses, 2013, dir. Francis Lapeyre) , and protagonizes the biopic Ángel (2016, dir. Stéphane Fernandez). These works are a testament to his commitment to justice through memory. As a survivor of the cumulative traumas of war, exile and political imprisonment, his journey to make his story known through memory activism reach the apex of communication in the documentary Ángel, a film that embodies what Brett Ashley Kaplan and Marianne Hirsch have respectively termed unwanted beauty and the aesthetics of remembrance.

Oct 15, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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