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Constructing Reality: Exploring Media Issues in Documentary - What Is a Documentary? Ways of Storytelling

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What Is a Documentary?: This lively and provocative introduction offers an overview of the films, filmmakers, and issues represented in the 9-hour collection. The film suggests that, far from being transparent windows onto reality, documentaries--like all forms of filmmaking--are mediated constructions, the result of countless decisions made by individuals. Ways of Storytelling: How does a film director take an idea, issue or actual event and turn it into a film that is interesting to watch? How are images and sound manipulated to heighten impact? How does the choice of narrator or storyteller affect the tone of the story being told? The four films in this section examine the range of choices open to those who fashion stories in film and video with elements from "real life."

1993, 111 min