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The Process: Poetic Re-presentation as Social Responsibility in a Collaborative Documentary

From: a/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Volume 28, Number 2, Winter 2013
pp. 180-191 | 10.1353/abs.2013.0022



In this essay I discuss the tension between ethical and aesthetic freedom in two documentaries that I made about aspects of the lives of Sudanese Australians. Focusing on issues of voice, framing and responsibility, I argue for a poetic approach in re-presenting auto/biographical stories that involve shared privacies and culturally sensitive material.