Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared

Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared

Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared

Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared

Synopsis

In this new work, renowned feminist filmmaker and postcolonial theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha offers a lyrical, philosophical meditation on the global state of endless war and the violence inflicted by the imperial need to claim victory. She discusses the rise of the police state as linked, for example, to U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, or to China';s occupation of Tibet, examining legacies of earlier campaigns and the residual effects of the war on terror. She also takes up the shifting dynamics of peoples' resistance to acts of militarism and surveillance as well as social media and its capacity to inform and mobilize citizens around the world.At once an engaging treatise and a creative gesture, Lovecidal probes the physical and psychic conditions of the world and shows us a society that is profoundly heartsick. Taking up with those who march both as and for the oppressed- who walk with the disappeared to help carry them forward- Trinh T. Minh-ha engages the spiritual and affective dimensions of a civilization organized around the rubrics of nonstop governmental subjugation, economic austerity, and highly technologized military conflict. In doing so, she clears a path for us to walk upon. Along with our every step, the world of the disappeared lives on.

Excerpt

When thought picks up again, it cruises along blindly, inquiring: Who’s fleeing and where to? Through defiance and loss, from wasteland to wasteland, into the transborders zone of the denizens whose earthwalk is characterized by an indefinite state of being-in-expulsion: exiled, expatriated, segregated, deported, displaced, discarded, repudiated, estranged, disappeared, unsettled and unsettling. Countless shadows of terrified bodies in flight, moving alone en masse, searching in vain for the lost ones, faring in a no-man’s-land as a no-nation people. The higher the risk taken, the greater the danger at play: the flows of out-of-bounds humans across frontiers and outside men’s law have politically threatened and undermined every modern state power founded on citizen’s right, free will, and social contracts. Wandering in a no-man’s-no-land stateless state. Neither citizen nor simply a living being, the one who leaves, the phantom-turned-refugee, hurtles along with loads of other empty bodies, driven by the sheer movements of waves of humanity in distress. Sometimes the hope to get out at all costs makes one walk on illegally, irredeemably; leaving all behind, including the rights of longing and belonging. From one side of the wire to the other, one wonders where to, when going a-way likely entails being dis-charged (from “settled” nations) with no return ticket? Today, by the magnitude of the tides of displacement, this shadowy figure relegated to the outer margins of society has become a central figure of political history, one whose mere existence challenges the modern nation-state in its very foundation.

One upon another, small wounds, large wounds, continue to be inflicted upon oneself—by oneself. Like a weed, the mind game flourishes whichever way, while quiet, the true flower wilts and withers. Nearby, someone’s choking weird. Perhaps the child again, and this time, yelling her head off as the stink hits hard. Startled, the adult-me learns to feel the world anew, realizing as if for the first time what human cruelty keeps on doing to us all. Too many interactions amid the sea of enraged bloods, and the stomach convulses, releasing ever-stranger cries of the wound. Cast adrift, the numbed move in the desert of interpreted and encoded . . .

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