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AS3400: Introduction to Documentary Film

Following John Grierson's definition of the documentary as "the creative treatment of reality," this course will consider documentary as a special type of non-fiction film that is primarily marked by its desire to give a subjective account of the world as opposed to an objective report. In the first half of the semester, we will examine some key theoretical and formal issues surrounding the documentary form. In the second half of the semester, we will pay special attention to the history of documentary film from the1960s as an alternative film practice and consider documentary's special relationship to reality, experience, expression, and social commentary/change. In particular, we will be interested in attempts by filmmakers to explore the limits of non-fiction.

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