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The Varangian guard and its contribution to the manifestation of the imperial power in Byzantium
Instances of kingship in Sverris saga
The entry of the boyars
Approaching the past: a tangled interplay of memory, political choices and historical science
My file
Between truth and memory images in Lithuanian historical documentaries in post-communist transformation period
Questions of transnational cinema: the Baltic case from culture to branding
World War II in Baltic and Nordic social media
Reading the facades. Architexture of Kaliningrad city
The Baltic Sea and the Black Sea: security challenges and vulnerabilities after the Cold War
Representations of suppressed indigenous cultural memories
Women in the Latvian War of Independence 1918 - 1920
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ETWEEN TRUTH AND MEMORY: IMAGES IN LITHUANIAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARIES IN POST-COMMUNIST TRANSFORMATION PERIOD

 

Ruta Šermukšnyte

Vilnius University, Faculty of History, E-mail: ruta.sermuksnyte@if.vu.lt

 

 

 

Abstract:

The goal of this paper is to reveal how and why the circulation of the same historical images takes place; whose values and, simultaneously, memory are conveyed through these images; what is the relationship between the audiovisual representation of the past and collective memory? The article states that manifestations of the visual stereotypes of Lithuania history in post-communist transformation period (1988–2004) are mainly based on certain cinematic tendencies. Historical films that are considered to be an adaptation of the national narrative cinematography have been predominant since 1988. This kind of narration is characterized by validation of history as a national value, formation of national identity and its stabilization rather than diversification and correction of the collective memory or the development of critical thinking. The current documentary material that is based on the understanding of history as a myth of the nation's history is not aimed at creating a new visual and verbal narration about the realities of the past, but rather at recognizing what has been said and made in the previous works.

 

Rezumat:

Scopul acestei lucrări este de a releva cum ?i de ce are loc circula?ia acelora?i imagini istorice; ce valori ?i totodată ce fel de memorie este transmisă prin aceste imagini; care este rela?ia dintre reprezentarea audiovizuală a trecutului ?i memoria colectivă? Articolul afirmă că manifestările stereotipurilor vizuale ale istoriei Lituaniei în perioada postcomunistă de transformări (1988–2004) sunt bazate, în principal, pe câteva tendin?e cinematografice. Filme istorice care sunt considerate a fi o adaptare a nara?iunii cinematografiei na?ionale au fost predominante începând din anul 1988. Acest tip de nara?iune este caracterizată de o validare a istoriei ca valoare na?ională, formarea unei identită?i na?ionale ?i stabilizarea acesteia în locul diversificării ?i corectării memoriei colective sau dezvoltării gândirii critice. Materialul documentar actual, care este bazat pe în?elegerea istoriei ca un mit al istoriei na?ionale, nu are scopul de a crea o nouă nara?iune vizuală ?i verbală despre realită?i ale trecutului, ci mai degrabă de a recunoa?te ceea ce a fost deja afirmat ?i realizat în lucrări anterioare.

 

Keywords: collective memory, Lithuanian historical documentary, image, post-communist transformation period


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