NMED 3200 - Documentary Film Studies

Course Description & Objectives

Traditional definitions of the documentary emphasise its association with the rationalist discourses of factuality, objectivity and empiricism. And yet, any casual survey of its history reveals that the genre is actually quite multi-faceted in its concerns and modes of address. Rather than attempt an historical overview of the documentary, this course aims to explore some of the crucial questions that have determined its various formal permutations over the past century.