The Politics of Genocide

In this important interview from 2011, internationally acclaimed activist and documentary filmmaker Keith Harmon Snow explains what he calls “the politics of genocide.” Tracing the historical progression of the concept of genocide and its politicization, he illustrates the power relations at work in the construction of genocide narratives, pointing out the hypocrisy of what he calls “the genocide industry.” Attacking everything from the nonprofit-industrial complex to poverty-pimping celebrities and colonialist exploiters, Keith Harmon Snow illuminates some of the darker corners of modern history and contemporary politics. Conducted in the immediate aftermath of the imperialist war against Libya in 2011, the interview is as relevant now as it was then.