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By Sharon R. Sherman

For the reason that Robert Flaherty's landmark movie Nanook of the North (1922) arguments have raged over even if movie files of individuals and traditions can ever be "authentic." And but by no means sooner than has a unmarried quantity mixed documentary, ethnographic, and folkloristic filmmaking to discover this controversy.

What occurs once we flip the digicam on ourselves? this question has lengthy plagued documentary filmmakers excited by problems with reflexivity, topic participation, and self-consciousness. Documenting Ourselves contains interviews with filmmakers Les clean, Pat Ferrero, Jorge Preloran, invoice Ferris, and others, who talk about the methods their very own productions and matters have inspired them. Sharon Sherman examines the historical past of documentary movies and discusses present theiroeis and strategies of folklore and fieldwork.

But Sharon Sherman doesn't restrict herself to the issues confronted by way of filmmakers this present day. She examines the background of documentary movies, tracing them from their origins as a method of taking pictures human movement in the course of the emergence of varied movie kinds. She additionally discusses present theories and methods of folklore and fieldwork, concluding that advances in video expertise have made the camcorder a vital software that has the capability to redefine the character of the documentary itself.

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