Documentary film combines nonfiction with an aesthetic aspiration. This course will explore achievement in the documentary, raising issues about the influence of documentary upon political persuasion, historical memory, the status of film as evidence and its utility as a means of investigation. We will look at films from a broad range of styles, viewpoints and eras, i.e., compilation, observational cinema, propaganda, social-issue, travelogue, interview, avant-garde, home movie, biography, newsreel, mock-documentary, and autobiography. Documentary represents an alternative to the dominant entertainment cinema and, as such, frequently addresses controversial issues directly.
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