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Truth or Dare

Art and Documentary

The new wave of documentaries that prominently feature their filmmakers, such as the works of Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, have attracted fresh, new audiences to the form—but they have also drawn criticism that documentaries now promote entertainment at the expense of truth. Truth or Dare examines the clash between the authenticity claimed by documentaries and their association with imagination and experimental contemporary art. An experienced group of practitioners, artists, and theorists here question this binary, and the idea of documentary itself, in a cross-disciplinary volume that will force us to reconsider how competing interests shape filmmaking. 

144 pages | 54 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2007

Film Studies

Media Studies

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Thanks
Away from Copying: The Art of Documentary Practice
Michael Renov
Freedoms and Accountabilities
Cahal McLaughlin (interlocutor), Sergei Dvortsevoy, Clarisse Hahn, Ann-Sofi Sidén in conversation
Documentary, History and Reality: Reflections on Jean Chamoun’s Tal al-Zaatar
Lina Khatib
Dancing to Different Tunes: Ethical Differences in Approaches to Factual Film-making
John Ellis
Collaborations and Technologies
Stella Bruzzi (interlocutor), Gideon Koppel, Jane and Louise Wilson in conversation
Is It Art?
Gail Pearce
Viewing Spaces and Audiences
Gareth Evans (interlocutor), Nina Pope, Claudia Spinelli in conversation
Trinh T. Minh-ha in an interview by Eva Hohenberger


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