Autofictional Documentary, Situated Knowledges, and Collective Memory: On Dear Chaemin (2020)

Bae, Cyan
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Weizenbaum Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities already marginalized in pre-coronavirus societies, aggravated by socio-political technologies of racialization, sexism, homo- and transphobia. Dear Chaemin (directed by Bae, 2020) is an autofictional documentary series of three video letters sent from The Hague to the director's sister in Seoul amid isolation. The film juxtaposes the Korean and Dutch contexts of state surveillance, entangled with the b/ordering technologies against queer communities in Seoul and Asian communities in Europe. This paper explores autofictional documentary as an audiovisual method to engage with contemporary dynamics of international politics. First, I summarize the arguments made in the three chapters of the film Dear Chaemin. Second, I propose autofictional documentary as an effective cinematic mode that accounts for situated knowledges and critiques collective memories. Finally, I explore how the autofictional mode is further contextualized through the use of unconventional, non-lens-based audiovisual material.

Sociology & anthropology \ News media, journalism, publishing \ Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature \ Media Contents, Content Analysis \ collective identity \ normativity \ sociology of knowledge \ queer studies \ audiovisual media \ digital media \ collective memory \ documentary film \ Soziologie, Anthropologie \ Publizistische Medien, Journalismus,Verlagswesen \ situated knowledge \ autofictional documentary \ citational narrativizing \ COVID-19 \ Kultursoziologie, Kunstsoziologie, Literatursoziologie \ Medieninhalte, Aussagenforschung \ kollektive Identität \ Normativität \ Wissenssoziologie \ Queer Studies \ audiovisuelle Medien \ Digitale Medien \ kollektives Gedächtnis \ Dokumentarfilm
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Bae, C. (2023). Autofictional Documentary, Situated Knowledges, and Collective Memory: On Dear Chaemin (2020). Proceedings of the Weizenbaum Conference 2022: Practicing Sovereignty, 112–121.