Presents in depth case studies focusing on major aspects of post 1990 documentary practices and styles This book questions the meanings of 'independence' for documentaries made in the post 1990 context, a period of unrivalled disruption and creativity in the field. Based upon a reasoned selection of contributions, it is the first collection of in depth case studies cutting across formats, media, subject matters, purposes and national divides. Writing from a wide range of academic perspectives, the contributors shed new light on historical, theoretical and empirical issues pertaining to the independent documentary, in order to better comprehend the radical transformations of the form over the past twenty years. Compared to existing studies, this volume focuses on works and practitioners existing at the margins of the traditional media, the mainstream film industry and the prevailing economic and socio political systems; yet greatly contributing to changing our perception of documentaries. And in doing so, it addresses an important gap in the global understanding of documentary practices and styles. It provides critical and detailed insights into contemporary independent documentary makers and their varied works, practices and uses and offers a variety of perspectives and interpretations of under studied contemporary subject matters and styles, as well as production, distribution and exhibition strategies.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 569 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
"Camille Deprez and Judith Pernin have gathered together a collection of in-depth case studies which raise many critical questions relating to the field of documentary film studies. The breadth and scope of this book, the novelty of approaches and topics contained within it, the variety of contexts explored, and arguments raised, will be of interest to film scholars, students and practitioners alike." -- Ian Aitken, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University
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