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Title: Hedendaagse oorlogen en film
Subtitle: De oorlogservaring en het uitwissen van de vijand
Author(s): BROSTEAUX, Déborah
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 79 Issue: 4 Date: 2017
Cinematographic representations of new wars share a common trait with their own object: an occultation of the enemy. The principle of reciprocity has been largely evacuated from warfare on a political and strategic level. Similarly, the ‘great cinema’ tends to reduce its war narrative to the American perspective, and thus to obliterate the enemy’s perspective. The war narrative ends up grounding itself in a war experience closed in upon itself. This also holds for critical war movies, thereby weakening their own critical capacities. The present study is based on movies depicting new wars, from Vietnam to present-day drone strikes. It aims to grasp the different ways through which the experience of war constitutes itself in the absence of alterity. In doing so, the experience of war tends to miss itself. The article questions the critical power of the narration of an experience confronting its own void.