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  1. Incoming: Items on Documentary 9 items
    The world of Documentary-- scholarship and practice-- is hopping and there's always something happening. This is where the latest news and projects will be posted. Check in regularly and contribute!
  2. Week 1: What is Documentary Cinema? 13 items
    1. Required Viewing 3 items
      Ask yourself: 1. What constitutes 'evidence'? 2. What is presented and how or why does it read as 'truth' or connected to the world? 3. Is there a hierarchy of this evidence? Does some seem more true than others?
      1. The Sea Horse - Jean Painlevé 1934

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Capturing the Friedmans - Andrew Jarecki 2003 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      3. Window Water Baby Moving

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Representing reality: issues and concepts in documentary - Bill Nichols c1991

        Book Essential Read, 'The Indexical Bind' pp. 149-155.

      2. Introduction to documentary - Bill Nichols 2010 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Second Edition: Read Introduction, 'How Can We Define Documentary Film' (If you have the First Edition, read Chapter 2, 'How do Documentaries Differ from Other Types of Film?' pp. 20-41)

      3. The act of documenting: documentary film in the 21st century - Brian Winston, Gail Vanstone, Chi Wang 2017

        Book Essential pp. 13-34. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Recommended/Additional Reading 7 items
      1. New documentary - Stella Bruzzi 2006 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended Read pages 13-46

      2. Documentary film: a very short introduction - Patricia Aufderheide 2007 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended An excellent quick read.

      3. Seeing with Experimental Eyes: Stan Brakhage’s The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes - Bart Testa

        Chapter Optional Ch. 17 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

  3. Week 2: The Voice in Documentary Cinema 25 items
    The topics this week bring together the origins of documentary and ethnographic film and the question of the 'voice'.
    1. Required Viewing 4 items
      1. Nanook of the North - Flaherty, Robert J. 1929 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Land Without Bread / Las Hurdes = Tierra sin pan - Luis Buñuel 1929 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      3. The House Is Black on Vimeo Monday, August 17, 2015 at 12:13 PM EST

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. The Work of Representation - Stuart Hall

        Chapter Essential Focus on section 4: Discourse, Power, and the Subject.

      2. The Voice of Documentary - Bill Nichols 1983

        Article Essential

      3. The third eye: race, cinema, and ethnographic spectacle - Rony, Fatimah Tobing 1996

        Book Essential pp. 99-126, "Taxidermy and Romantic Ethnography" (digitised)

    3. Additional Reading 13 items
      1. Introduction to documentary - Bill Nichols 2010 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended Read Chapter 5: How Did Documentary Filmmaking Get Started?

      2. Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film - Erik Barnouw 1993

        Book Recommended Read 'Explorer'- pp. 34-51

      3. Nanook and the North - Paul Rotha 1980

        Article Recommended

      4. The Filmmaker as Hunter: Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North - William Rothman

        Chapter Optional Ch. 1 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      5. Synthetic Vision: The Dialectical Imperative of Luis Buñuel’s Las Hurdes - Vivian Sobchack

        Chapter Optional Ch. 4 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      6. Jorge Furtado's Island of Flowers - Michael Chanan 13/05/2008

        Article Optional This might be very useful for Journal Entry 2.

    4. Additional Viewing 5 items
      1. Surname Viet, given name Nam - T. Minh-Ha Trinh 1989 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Angry Inuk - Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

        Audio-visual document Recommended Available for download on payment of $0.99. Library copy on order.

      3. Mondo cane - Gualtieri Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi 1962 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      4. Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran - Robert J. Flaherty 1934 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

  4. Week 3: Public Affairs and Propaganda 19 items
    With particular attention to the British Documentary Film Movement we'll address the uses of documentary in promotion of public and governmental affairs.
    1. Required Viewing 3 items
      1. Mike and Stefani - Maslyn Williams 1952 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Housing Problems - Edgar Anstey, Arthur Elton 1935

        Audio-visual document Essential

      3. The Negro Solider [in Frank Capra's WWII: why we fight] - Frank Capra 1945 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Collecting visible evidence - Jane Gaines, Michael Renov 1999

        Book Essential Gaines, Jane, ‘Political Mimesis’, pp. 84-102.

      2. The Negro Soldier (1944): Film Propanganda in Black and White - Thomas Cripps, David Culbert 24/1979

        Article Essential Thomas Cripps and David Culbert American Quarterly Vol. 31, No. 5, Special Issue: Film and American Studies (Winter, 1979), pp. 616-640

    3. Additional Reading 8 items
      1. The documentary film book - Brian Winston 2013

        Book Recommended Read: • Aitken, Ian, ‘John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement’, pp. 129-137. • Waugh, Thomas and Ezra Winton, ‘Challenges for Change: Canada’s National Film Board’, pp. 138-146. • Deane Williams, ‘Grierson’s Legacies: Australia and New Zealand’, pp. 147-152. • Druick, Zoë and Jonathan Kahana, ‘New Deal Documentary and the North Atlantic Welfare State’, pp. 153-158.

      2. Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film - Erik Barnouw 1993

        Book Recommended pp.85-182.

      3. Coalface and Housing Problems - J. Corner

        Chapter Recommended

      4. Introduction to documentary - Bill Nichols 2010 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended Read Chapter 8: How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?

      5. The Art of National Projection: Basil Wright’s Song of Ceylon - William Guynn

        Chapter Optional Ch. 5 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      6. The Poetics of Propaganda: Humphrey Jennings and Listen to Britain - Jim Leach

        Chapter Optional Ch. 9 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      7. Beginnings: The Soviets and Political Indoctrination - J. C. Ellis, B. A. McLane

        Chapter Optional

    4. Additional Viewing 5 items
      1. The Silent Village 1943

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Le chant du styrène - Alain Resnais 1957

        Audio-visual document Optional In French without subtitles, but still fun to watch!

      3. The Plow that Broke the Plains: and, The River - Pare Lorentz 1936; 1938 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      4. Let there be light - John Huston 1946 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      5. The complete Humphrey Jennings Collection: Vol. 2: Fires were started - Humphrey Jennings 2012 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended Includes: Fires Were Started Humphrey Jennings, UK, 1943), Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, UK, 1942), A Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings, UK, 1942), The Silent Village (Humphrey Jennings, UK, 1943)

  5. Week 4: American Direct Cinema/Observation 15 items
    1. Required Viewing 2 items
      1. High School - Wiseman, Frederick 1968 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Stranger in Paradise - Trailer on Vimeo 2016

        Audio-visual document Essential Film available through MC and in set screening.

    2. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Jargons of Authenticity (Three American Movements) - P. Arthur

        Chapter Essential Available in the Library and as an e-book

      2. The Triumph of Observationalism: Direct Cinema in the USA - Dave Saunders

        Chapter Essential pp. 159-166 in The Documentary Film Book

    3. Additional Reading 3 items
      1. Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film - Erik Barnouw 1993

        Book Recommended Read pp. 51-81 and pp. 231-253.

      2. “Don’t You Ever Just Watch?”: American Cinema Verité and Dont Look Back - Jeanne Hall

        Chapter Optional Ch. 14 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

    4. Additional Viewing 8 items
      1. Primary - Robert Drew 1960 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Grey Gardens - Albert Maysles, David Mayles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Mayer 1976 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      3. Salesman - Albert Maysles, David Maysles 1968 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      4. Town Bloody Hall - Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker 1979 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      5. Metallica: some kind of monster - Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky 2004 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      6. Être et avoir - Nicolas Philibert 2002 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      7. The war room - Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker 1993 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

  6. Week 5 Jean Rouch: Cinema Verite, Reflxevity, Ethnography, Testimony 20 items
    1. Required Viewing 2 items
      1. Moi, un noir - Jean Rouch 1958 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Chronique d'un été - Rouch, Jean 1961 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
    3. Additional Reading 7 items
      1. Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film - Erik Barnouw 1993

        Book Recommended Read ‘Catalyst’ and ‘Guerrilla’, pp. 253-293.

      2. Ciné-ethnography - Jean Rouch, Steven Feld 2003 (electronic book)

        Book Optional

      3. The “Dialogic Imagination” of Jean Rouch: Covert Conversations in Les maîtres fous - Diane Scheinman

        Chapter Optional Ch. 11 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

    4. Additional Viewing 8 items
      1. Rouch in Reverse, dir. Manthia Diawara, 1995 [not in Library]

      2. Documentaire: Jaguar / Ethnologue Jean Rouch 2016

        Audio-visual document Optional Without subtitles, but a good opportunity to practise one's French!

      3. Petit à petit - 1971 - Jean Rouch

        Audio-visual document Optional Without subtitles, but a good opportunity to practise one's French!

      4. Blood of the beasts - Georges Franju 1949 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      5. Secrets of the tribe - José Padilha 2010 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      6. In the year of the pig - Emile De Antonio 1968 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      7. Les maîtres fous - Jean Rouch 1955 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      8. Jaguar - Jean Rouch 1967 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

  7. Week 6: Political Documentary: Focus on Feminism 26 items
    1. Required Viewing 3 items
      1. Year of the Woman [online] - Sandra Hochman 1973

        Audio-visual document Essential This is available for purchase. Otherwise, be sure to attend the screening or consult with the MC in advance.

      2. Rape - JoAnn Elam 1975

        Audio-visual document Essential

      3. Taking our Bodies Back - Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich 1974

        Audio-visual document Essential Note: This is not a practical resource for viewing. Attend the screening or consult the MC in advance.

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Feminist Documentaries: Finding Seeing, and Using Them - Julia Lesage

        Chapter Essential pp. 266-274 in The Documentary Film Book

      2. Introduction to documentary - Bill Nichols 2010 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Read: ‘How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?’

    3. Additional Viewing 7 items
      1. Now! - Santiago Alvarez 1964

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Now! Again! - Alex Johnston 2014

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      3. Misère au Borinage: les films sociales = de sociale films = the social films - Henri Storck, Joris Ivens 1933 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended Watch Misère au Borinage (Joris Ivens and Henri Storck)

      4. Healthy baby girl - Judith Helfand 1996 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      5. La hora de los hornos - Fernando E. Solanas, Octavio Getino 1968 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

    4. Additional Reading 13 items
      1. The documentary film book - Brian Winston 2013

        Book Recommended Read, Bert Hogenkamp, 'The Radical Tradition in Documentary Film-making, 1920s-1950s', pp. 173-179.

      2. Feminism and documentary - Diane Waldman, Janet Walker c1999

        Book Recommended

      3. Radical feminism: a documentary reader - Barbara A. Crow 2000

        Book Optional

      4. The Two Avant-Gardes: Solanas and Getino’s The Hour of the Furnaces - Robert Stam

        Chapter Optional Ch. 16 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

  8. Week 7: Ethics, Controversy, Review 19 items
    1. Required Viewing 1 item
      1. Operation filmmaker - Nina Davenport 2007 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. The act of documenting: documentary film in the 21st century - Brian Winston, Gail Vanstone, Chi Wang 2017

        Book Recommended pp. 151-190. They address a lot of contemporary films so this should be of interest. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Additional Reading 10 items
      1. Of Digital Selves and Digital Sovereignty: - Michelle Stewart 01/06/2017

        Article Recommended

    4. Additional Viewing 5 items
      1. Rampage - George Gittoes 2006 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Born into brothels - Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman 2004 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      3. Aileen: life and death of a serial killer - Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill 2003 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      4. The emperor's naked army marches on - Kazuo Hara 1987 (dvd)

        Book Recommended

      5. Paris is burning - Jennie Livingston 1990 (dvd)

        Book Recommended

  9. Week 8: Histories and Representation in Documentary Film: True Crime Edition 12 items
    1. Required Viewing 2 items
      1. The thin blue line - Errol Morris 1988 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige - Rea Tajiri

        Audio-visual document Essential This film is available via Film Studies but if one joins Kanopy, it can be streamed along with a number of documentaries!

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Mirrors without Memories: Truth, History, and The Thin Blue Line - Linda Williams

        Chapter Essential Ch. 23 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      2. New documentary - Stella Bruzzi 2006 (electronic book)

        Book Essential pp. 185-218.

    3. Additional Viewing 4 items
      1. Human remains - Jay Rosenblatt 1998 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. The Act of Killing - Joshua Oppenheimer 2012 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      3. The missing picture - Rithy Panh 2013 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      4. The sorrow and the pity: a film by Marcel Ophuls - Marcel Ophuls, Stanley Hoffmann, Mireille Johnston 1972

        Book Recommended

    4. Additional Reading 3 items
      1. Documenting the Ineffable: Terror and Memory in Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog - Sandy Flitterman-Lewis

        Chapter Recommended Ch. 12 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video'.

  10. Week 9: Mockumentary 8 items
    1. Required Viewing 3 items
      1. The couple in the cage: a Guatinaui odyssey - Coco Fusco, Paula Heredia 1993 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Babakiueria - Don Featherstone 1986 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 3 items
      1. Introduction: Phony 'Definitions and Troubling Taxonomies of the Fake Documentary - Alexandra Juhasz, Jesse Lerner

        Chapter Essential Read: Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, ‘Introduction: Phony 'Definitions and Troubling Taxonomies of the Fake Documentary’, pp. 1-38.

      2. Beyond Sobriety, Documentary Diversions - Craig Hight

        Chapter Essential pp. 198-205 in The Documentary Film Book

    3. Additional Reading 2 items
      1. Cultural Learnings of Borat for Make Benefit Glorious Study of Documentary - Leshu Torchin

        Chapter Optional Ch. 31 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

  11. Week 10: Ethnographies Revisited 15 items
    1. Required Viewing 2 items
      1. Tongues untied - Marlon T. Riggs 1989 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Manakamana - Stephanie A. Spray, Pacho Velez 2013 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Required Reading 5 items
      1. Silence and Its Opposite: Expressions of Race in Tongues Untied - Sheila Petty

        Chapter Essential Ch. 25 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      2. The Reality-Based Community - Erika Balsom June 2017

        Article Essential

      3. Decolonise science – time to end another imperial era - Rohan Deb Roy April 5, 2018 12.24pm BSTApril 5, 2018 12.24pm BST

        Article Essential

    3. Additional Reading 8 items
      1. Representing reality: issues and concepts in documentary - Bill Nichols c1991

        Book Recommended Bill Nichols, “Pornography, Ethnography, and the Discourses of Power.” Representing Reality, 201-28.

      2. Containing Fire: Performance in Paris Is Burning - Caryl Flinn

        Chapter Recommended Ch. 26 in Grant and Sloniowski, eds., 'Documenting the Documentary : Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video' (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014).

      3. The documentary film book - Brian Winston 2013

        Book Recommended Read: • Bowser, Pearl, ‘Pioneers of Black Documentary Film’, pp. 275-282. • Pullen, Christopher, ‘Documentary Identity’, pp. 283-290.

      4. Feminist film theory: a reader - Sue Thornham c1999

        Book Recommended Read: Judith Butler, “Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion.” pp. 336-49.

  12. Week 11: New Technologies, New Directions 17 items
    This week we will explore the ramifications of new technologies on documentary, from the indexicality of the image, to the shifts in narrative and interactivity, to the spectacle of actuality.
    1. Required Viewing 1 item
    2. Required Reading 2 items
      1. i-Docs: the evolving practices and interactive documentary 2017 (electronic book)

        Book Essential Read Mandy Rose, ‘Not media about, but media with: co-creation for activism’, pp. 49-65.

      2. Interactive documentary: setting the field - Judith Aston, Sandra Gaudenzi 2012

        Article Essential

    3. Additional Viewing 5 items
      1. Cave of forgotten dreams - Werner Herzog 2010 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. Fort McMoney - D. Dufresne 2013

        Webpage Recommended

    4. Additional Reading 9 items
  13. Popular Items 25 items
    Documentary is often in the news. In this section I will provide links to items that could be of interest. Check it out!
    1. Best documentaries of all time including controversial films

      Webpage Optional How many of these have you seen? Are there any you would include or exclude? Why?

  14. Miscellaneous 12 items
    1. Imagining the Fan Democracy - Liesbet van Zoonen 01/03/2004

      Article Optional

    2. States of emergency: documentaries, wars, democracies - Zimmermann, Patricia Rodden 2000

      Book Optional pp. 3-50.

    3. Silence: The Role of Animators - Ruth Lingford, Tim Webb

      Chapter Optional

    4. But is it documentary? - Orly Yadin

      Chapter Optional

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