English and Film


Soundscapes of crisis: discuss the use of music and sound in Black and Folman’s cinematographic depictions of their respective postcolonial worlds.

By Aysha Taylor

Edited by Ellen Mitchell


This essay analyses the use of music and soundtracks in Stephanie Black’s 2003 documentary Life and Debt and Ari Folman’s 2008 autobiographical animated film Waltz with Bashir. Whilst stylistically these two texts are very different, the author argues that they both competently use music and non-diegetic sound to complement, shape and engage with their respective discussions of crises in a postcolonial environment.

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