History as written by the losers

I’m in the midst of revising an article on the 2006 film by L’Atelier national du Manitoba, Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets, for an edited volume that will hopefully be published sometime in 2013. I’ve been asked to provide some stills from the film to include with the essay and have narrowed it down to 5, which I’ve gathered below.

I cannot recommend the film highly enough, not least for the way that it captures the governing civic anxieties of the town I have called home since 2004. The paper is largely about the videocassette and the ways in which video, in all its imperfection and with all its peculiar image texture, stands between us and the recent past. Our cultural memory of the 80s/90s is mediated by video. And the feeling of video, all the signs of its wear, tear, abuse, and limitations, make memory and the act of remembering visible even as this visibility estranges us, in the digital era, from a recent analogue past.


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