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Documentary as Exorcism


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Introduction 1. A New Position in Black Christian Representation: Beyond Confinement, Misrecognition and the Ubiquitous black choir 2. Emancipatory Framework: Set On, Cast Out 3. Witchcraft 4. Exorcism: Jesus the Healer 5. Christian Complicity with the Bewitchment of Empire 6. Memory Cannibalism as the a Continued Influence of Colonial Christianity 7. Zombie Worship 8. Signs and Wonders: Translating the Emancipatory Framework 9. Documentary Film: Poetic Justice 10. Encoding Bewitchment in Documentary 11. The Prophetic and the Political Documentary 12. Hermeneutic of Suspicion Academic Theological Practice and the Bible Documentary Conclusion: Towards an Exorcism Aesthetic Bibliography Index

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The documentary maker reflects on his art, and how he navigates between theology and visual culture as an academic, activist and practitioner.

About the Author

Robert Beckford is Reader in Theology and Society at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and is the author of a number of books in the field of religion, popular culture and politics, including God of the Rahtid (2003) and Jesus Dub (2006). He has presented numerous documentaries in the UK for the BBC and Channel 4 and gained a BAFTA in 2001 for diversity in educational broadcasting.


It is refreshing to see a scholar incorporate modes of analysis largely developed in the religious and intellectual discourses of enslaved people. Beckford does so respectfully and creatively...Beyond its intended audience, Documentary as Exorcism contains valuable scholarship for other artists and academics. -- Michael Broyles * Journal of Religion & Film *

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