By Alexandra Juhasz, Alisa Lebow

A significant other to modern Documentary Film provides a set of unique essays that discover significant concerns surrounding the country of present documentary motion pictures and their ability to motivate and influence change. 

  • Presents a finished choice of essays when it comes to all facets of latest documentary films
  • Includes approximately 30 unique essays through best documentary movie students and makers, with every one thematic grouping of essays sub-edited via significant figures within the field
  • Explores various topics critical to modern documentary filmmakers and the learn of documentary movie – the planet, migration, paintings, intercourse, virus, faith, conflict, torture, and surveillance
  • Considers a large variety of documentary movies that fall open air regular canons, together with overseas and avant-garde documentaries provided in quite a few media

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The film is careful to include voices from the oil industry, as well as from academics and scientists who deal with the issues the film raises from the vantage point of their own specialties. ) whom one might expect to find in a film awakening us to the challenges of peak oil. A second technique is the communication of information about oil through the use of facts and statistics. , each calorie one eats requires 10 calories of fossil fuel to produce; by 2030 the planet will have to bring 200 million new barrels of oil on stream per day in order to deal with the depletion of existing wells as well as growth in demand; and so on).

Even while they are cautious not to promote “solutions” to oil (even in the case of Crude and H2Oil, films for which redress for the affected indigenous communities might constitute at least a small step forward), they avoid the (sometimes too easy) discourse of eco-apocalypse. In all three films, conclusions are suspended in order to better map the nervous system of oil capitalism. System Failure, Antinomy, Scale What insights, then, emerge from these films about how we narrate and respond to the problem of oil?

This tension in contemporary environmental documentaries connects to broader attempts irrupting in recent years, and more or less coalescing in a wide array of related fields of knowledge and practice: eco-media, eco-cinema, environmental history, environmental humanities, environmental communication, and environmental cultural studies. In selecting the essays for this section, we wanted to invite authors whose work would highlight a planet-wide perspective but which could incorporate a strong critique of bottom-up eco-politics.

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