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A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film

  • ID: 3049005
  • Book
  • 690 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film presents a comprehensive collection of original essays that examine the current state of the documentary film in the United States and around the world. Featuring contributions from top documentary scholars and makers, readings are grouped around thematic strands central to contemporary documentary filmmakers and the study of documentary film— the planet, migration, work, sex, virus, religion, war, torture, and surveillance. A variety of issues relating to these topics are addressed as they are treated in a range of documentaries, including questions of form and formal traditions; the politics of documentaries and their real–world implications; the voice of the documentary filmmaker; regional, national, and international representations; and approaches to race, ethnicity, sexuality and gender in a fascinating array of films.A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film offers thought–provoking insights into a film format that is rapidly achieving its powerful potential to inform, inspire, enlighten, and even change the world.
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Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction: A World Encountered 1Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow

Part I Planet 19Juan Francisco Salazar

Introduction 21Juan Francisco Salazar

1 Crude Aesthetics: The Politics of Oil Documentaries 28Imre Szeman

2 Anticipatory Modes of Futuring Planetary Change in Documentary Film 43Juan Francisco Salazar

3 Projecting Sea Level Rise: Documentary Film and Other Geolocative Technologies 61Janet Walker

Part II Migration 87Anikó Imre

Introduction 89Anikó Imre

4 Videogeographies 92Ursula Biemann

5 Rates of Exchange: Human Trafficking and the Global Marketplace 108Leshu Torchin

6 Documenting What? Auto–Theory and Migratory Aesthetics 124Mieke Bal

Part III Work 145Silke Panse

Introduction 147Silke Panse

7 The Work of the Documentary Protagonist: The Material Labor of Aesthetics 155Silke Panse

8 Old School Capitalism in Post–Socialism: The Struggles of ?elimir ?ilnik’s Workers 176Ewa Mazierska

9 Capturing the Labors of Sex Work: The Pedagogical Role of Documentary Film 191Anna E. Ward

Part IV Sex 209Laura Hyun Yi Kang

Introduction 211Laura Hyun Yi Kang

10 Documentary Practice and Transnational Feminist Theory: The Visibility of FGC 217Patricia White

11 Transforming Terror: Documentary Poetics in Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada (2001) 233Rosa–Linda Fregoso

12 Reading Realness: Paris Is Burning, Wildness, and Queer and Transgender Documentary Practice 252Eve Oishi

Part V Virus 271Bishnupriya Ghosh

Introduction 273Bishnupriya Ghosh

13 Animating Informatics: Scientific Discovery Through Documentary Film 280Kirsten Ostherr

14 HIV on Documentary Television in Post–Apartheid South Africa 298Rebecca Hodes

15 Digital AIDS Documentary: Webs, Rooms, Viruses, and Quilts 314Alexandra Juhasz

Part VI Religion 335Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow

Introduction 337Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow

16 Rising in the East, Sett(l)ing in the West: The Emergence of Buddhism as Contemporary Documentary Subject 341Angelica Fenner

17 The New Religious Wave in Israeli Documentary Cinema: Negotiating Jewish Fundamentalism During the Second Intifada 366Raya Morag

18 Tran Van Thuy’s Story of Kindness: Spirituality and Political Discourse 384Dean Wilson

Part VII War 401Jeffrey Skoller

Introduction 403Jeffrey Skoller

19 Second Thoughts on “The Production of Outrage: The Iraq War and the Radical Documentary Tradition” 410Jane M. Gaines

20 One, Two, Three Montages … Harun Farocki’s War Documentaries 431Nora M. Alter

21 The Unwar Film 454Alisa Lebow

Part VIII Torture 475Alisa Lebow

Introduction 477Alisa Lebow

22 (In)visible Evidence: The Representability of Torture 482Susana de Sousa Dias

23 Interviewing the Devil: Interrogating Masters of the Cambodian Genocide 506Deirdre Boyle

24 The Female Perpetrator: La Flaca Alejandra and Operation Atropos 524Macarena Gómez–Barris

25 Toward the Dark Side: Seeing Detainee Bodies in Documentary Film 536Anjali Nath

Part IX Surveillance 557Elizabeth Cowie

Introduction 559Elizabeth Cowie

26 Architectures of Control and Points of Resistance: Surveillance Culture and Digital Documentaries 566Sharon Lin Tay

27 The World Viewed: Documentary Observing and the Culture of Surveillance 580Elizabeth Cowie

28 Surveillance in the Service of Narrative 611Brian Winston

29 Face Blind: Documentary Media and Subversion of Surveillance 629Patrik Sjöberg

Index 647

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Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College. She is the author of AIDS TV (1995), Women of Vision (2001), F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co–edited with Jesse Lerner (2005), and Learning from YouTube (2011). Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of the fake documentary feature films The Watermelon Woman (1997) and The Owls (2010), as well as many “real” documentaries.

Alisa Lebow is a Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex. Her publications include First Person Jewish (2008) and The Cinema of Me (2012) and numerous articles on aspects of documentary ranging from art and documentary to questions of “the political” in documentary. Lebow has also made several documentaries including Outlaw (1994), Treyf (1998), and For the Record: The World Tribunal on Iraq (2006).

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