Anatomy of a murder : Sirhan Sirhan and Robert Kennedy

O'Sullivan, Shane [Creator] (2016) Anatomy of a murder : Sirhan Sirhan and Robert Kennedy. (Film).


Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of Bobby Kennedy, has never been able to remember the shooting and defence psychiatrists concluded he was in a hypnotic state at the time, a real-life Manchurian Candidate. This video essay was made to publicize Sirhan’s case before his parole hearing in February 2016 ( It remixes elements from my film RFK Must Die (2008) with previously unseen footage of Sirhan's 2011 parole hearing and echoes of his case found in movies on amnesia and post-hypnotic suggestion. The essay flows from the crime of the accused and his foggy recollection; to his legal defence, the conspiracy theory and his parole hearing. The film plays with the nature of memory – amnesia induced by trauma or coercion, its status as evidence and the writing of political memory in fiction and non-fiction film.

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