Documentary for social change

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

Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change
Author: Caty Borum Chattoo
Publisher: 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.

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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 . . .

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