I specialise in the subject of film and its role in bearing witness to genocide and human rights abuses with particular attention to the uses of film and other screen media in activist campaigns. My interest in film's advocacy work incorporates entertainment culture as well as documentary cinema. Such topics are addressed in many of my publications, including my monograph: Creating the Witness: Documenting Genocide in Film, Video and the Internet (University of Minnesota, 2012) and the edited collection Film Festivals and Activism (St Andrews Film Studies, 2012).
My qualifications include an MA and PhD in Cinema Studies (NYU) as well as a certificate in Culture and Media (NYU), a combined programme of Film and Anthropology that explores the relationship between culture and media through the study of ethnographic film and the ethnography of media.
I am also a contributing editor to Souciant, an online magazine of culture and politics. My articles on film and media culture can be found here: http://souciant.com/author/leshu-torchin/