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Essays, commentaries and editorials on contemporary political questions (conflicts/peace, ecology/thinking, control/surveillance).

DOCUMENTARY IRANIAN STYLE

Women and the variety of ethnic communities are two of the most frequent themes dealt with in Iranian documentaries where the tradition for poetry overshadows journalism.

INSISTING ON OFFBEAT FILMS

Visions du Réel deserves credit for continuing to put documentaries of a more experimental nature on the program. Yet besides its retrospectives at the latest festival in May, the more traditional works made the greatest impression. ULLA JACOBSEN reports.

DOCUMENTARY VERSUS REPORTAGE: Constructing a Drama

Most attempts to define the documentary genre have done so by distinguishing it from fiction. At the other end of the spectrum the documentary borders on factual reporting, but as with fiction the borders are not crystal clear and distinct.

DOCUMENTARY TRUTHFULNESS: Witchhunt

In Britain, the media's focus on fakery in documentaries has reached explosive heights. Consequently, the broadcasting regulatory body has started to follow rigid rather than sensible measures to protect viewers from untruthfulness, which can challenge freedom of expression.

US UPDATE: Commitment

Festivals around the USA report that independent American filmmakers are presently making the documentary a genre worth talking about

CENSORSHIP?: On Behalf of the Audience!

Italian Broadcaster RAI refuses to air "The Gulf War Syndrome", a controversial documentary which they themselves commissioned and paid for
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