Documentary for social change


SOCIAL CHANGE: Essential reading for all who want to better understand what makes our time the documentary golden age

Melita Zajc
Melita Zajc
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Published date: November 16, 2020
       
Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change
Author: Caty Borum Chattoo
Oxford University Press,

Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change is a pivotal study of the novel understanding of documentary and non-fiction genres in the new millennium. In it, documentary scholar and producer Caty Borum Chattoo performed a thorough practical and theoretical exploration. Her book brings new knowledge on the importance of the non-fiction film for democracy and the power of documentary to promote social change.

Activist films

New scientific articles and monographs are published every day, but only rarely does a book appear that challenges all that was known before. Story Movements is such a book. Through decades, critics and scholars praised the arts for enabling a «critical discourse» while inspiring «social change» was considered much too partisan and ideologically motivated. It was reserved for explicitly politically engaged forms of discourse, for example, manifestos such as Toward a Third Cinema, written in the late 1960s by Argentine filmmakers Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas. The manifesto defined films produced in former colonies as The Third Cinema, different from the First, that is, films produced in


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