Pure War

Bill Leeming

1987, 39:29 minutes, colour, English


Pure War examines how contemporary news-gathering organizations construct events into stories (narratives) that structure the ever-evolving myths with which we have come to perceive the 'world' and the other peoples who inhabit it. Specifically, the tape links original broadcasts from local television networks recorded during the tumult in the gulf of Sidra between the U.S. and Libya of April 14-16, 1986. Pure War is not intended to serve as a documentary of the events of that period. There are no voice-overs and no smooth transitions to carry the viewer through the place. It becomes the responsibility of the viewer to weigh the material presented and complete the narrative process by critically comparing the individual scenes and enterpreting the relationship of one scene to another.

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