Testifying for the Invisible: Documentary Poetics of Estrangement

Susanna Helke, Alejandro Pedregal Villodres

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This exposition is a dialogical -and dialectically composed – textual, visual and metacinematic inquiry into the potential of methods and poetics of estrangement in documentary and history-based cinema in representing the “neoliberal condition” in present day society. Helke and Pedregal’s dialogue is reflecting and rethinking ideas stemming from different theories and strategies of emancipatory practices in cinema, recognizing the tensions between conventions such as social documentary, political cinema, different conceptions of realism versus the idea of defamiliarizing as an artistic strategy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVIS - Nordic Journal for Artistic Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • estrangment
  • emancipation
  • documentary film
  • social documentary
  • political film
  • poetics of ruptures
  • testimonio
  • Third Cinema


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