Seminar | Temporal Strangers: Postcards from Tora Bora, Animation, and the Contemporary Art of War

Seminar | Temporal Strangers: Postcards from Tora Bora, Animation, and the Contemporary Art of War


What and how have audiences expected documentary filmmakers to communicate the experiences of Afghan women during the US military in Afghanistan, and what happens when a film fails to live up to, or actively works against, these expectations? This talk will focus on Postcards from Tora Bora, a 2007 experimental documentary film made by Afghan-American filmmaker Wazhmah Osman and her North American co-director Kelly Dolak. Part of a new project about the use of animation in contemporary artists’ responses to 21st century war, Karen Redrobe will explore how Dolak and Osman activate the intersection of documentary and fiction, personal and collective, Afghan and American as they struggle to find a form to depict the realities, temporalities, and fictions of lived and imagined life in Afghanistan during a period of endless war.


Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and chair of the department of the History of Art. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She has co-edited two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke UP, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (Minnesota UP, 2013) with Liliane Weissberg, and is also the editor of Animating Film Theory (Duke UP, 2014), which explores the history of film theory's engagement (and lack of it) with animation:

Date & time

Tue 08 Aug 2017, 4.30–5.45pm


SRWB Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building


Professor Karen Redrobe


Humanities Research Centre
61 2 6125 4357


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