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.
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.
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.
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.
Festivals around the USA report that independent American filmmakers are presently making the documentary a genre worth talking about
Italian Broadcaster RAI refuses to air "The Gulf War Syndrome", a controversial documentary which they themselves commissioned and paid for