". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The "Che" Films

Reviews from Cannes, here (this one was clearly written to deadline in a spurt immediately post viewing -- and these two films are many hours of watching -- so is not so easy to read), and here.

A close friend has been a part of the process of making these films, including doing the Spanish translation for them, and playing a small role, as a 'disillusioned Revolutionary,' so this is another reason we're interested in them. He's been providing updates all along.

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