History of Documentary Film

Course Number: 
DOCST 107.01
Course Instructor: 
Departmental Staff
Rubenstein Arts Film Theater
Days and Times: 
W 10:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Introduction to the history, theory, and styles of nonfiction film and video.  Transformation in technologies and their influence on form, from actuality films to contemporary digital documentaries.  Documentary's marginal status and surprising commercial appeal; the mixing of fiction and nonfiction strategies in cultural construction.  Use of documentary as a tool for exploring individual identity, filmmaker/subject relationships, and fomenting political change.