SFC – Shoah Film Collection
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Peter Freund’s Camp superimposes the political and theatrical senses of the word “camp,” pointing to unexpected convergences between the figure of the concentration camp and camp aesthetics. Without diminishing the horror of the Holocaust, the film suggests the essential role of fantasy in traumatic historical memory and the ethical grounding of campy enjoyment. Two narrators, one speaking Mandarin and the other Arabic, mix statements by Giorgio Agamben, Susan Sontag, and other writers with original commentary.