After the Fact

After the Fact: The Holocaust in 21st Century Documentary Film

by Brad Prager

Brad Prager is Associate Professor of German and a member of the Program in Film Studies at the University of Missouri. He is the author of The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth (2007) and Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images (2007). He is also the coeditor of a volume on Visual Studies and the Holocaust entitled Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008), as well as of a recent volume on contemporary German cinema, and is the editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion to Werner Herzog(2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
  • DOI:
  • ISBN:
    9781623569327 (hardback)

    9781623564445 (paperback)

    9781623569259 (epub)

    9781623568337 (epdf)

    9781501304446 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
After the Fact
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After the Fact studies the terrain of Holocaust documentaries subsequent to the turn of the twenty-first century. Until now most studies have centered primarily on canonical films such as Shoah and Night and Fog, but over the course of the last ten years filmmaking practices have altered dramatically. Changing techniques, diminishing communities of survivors, and the public's response to familiar, even iconic imagery, have all challenged filmmakers to radically revise and newly envision how they depict the Holocaust. Innovative styles have emerged, including groundbreaking techniques of incorporating archival footage, survivor testimony, and reenactment. Carrying wider implications for the fields of Film Studies, Jewish Studies, and Visual Studies, this book closely analyzes ten contemporary and internationally produced films, most of which have hardly been touched upon in the critical literature or elsewhere.