Class #6 – Political & POV Docs

This week we talk about documentary and social change,  creating a point of view, and if documentaries really do change the world.

Check out some of the films in the tab STRIKE on this blog.

Readings this week from the excellent book “Screening truth to Power: A reader on documentary activism” by Cinema Politica. Join the discussion in the Cinema Politica Network on FB.

Screening Truth to Power

Challenge For Change Films 

Check out the above link for as many of the 200+ Challenge for Change films that were produced by the NFB between 1967 and 1980.


Film screening this week: “5 Broken Cameras” (2011) Guy DavidiEmad Burnat

Review of 5 Broken Cameras in The Guardian

“Kanehsataki: 270 Years of Resistance” (1993) Alanis Obomsawin

“Shoah” (1985) Claude Lanzmann

Jan Karski’s emotional testimony in “Shoah”

“Three Sisters” (2012) Wang Bing

“Three Sisters shows life in an impoverished village for a family of girls, fully aware that it may be gentrified beyond recognition in a few years.”

Conversation with Wang Bing

“Society of the Spectacle” (1973) Guy Debord

“The Square” (2013) Jehane Noujaim

“Anita”(2014)  Freida Lee Mock

“At Berkeley” Frederick Wiseman

Punk Singer: A film about Kathleen Hannah (2013) Sini Anderson

Bad Girl, Breaking the Frame (2012) Marielle Nitoslawska

Interview with Marielle Nitoslawska in ArtForum


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