By Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest
As a critical portion of modern tradition, movies replicate and form political debate. Reflecting in this improvement, students within the box of diplomacy (IR) more and more discover the intersection of television sequence, fiction movie and worldwide politics. So a ways, even though, nearly no systematic scholarly consciousness has been given to documentary movie inside IR.
This booklet fills this void through providing a severe spouse to the topic geared toward aiding scholars, lecturers and students of IR in knowing and assessing many of the ways that documentary movies topic in worldwide politics. The authors of this quantity argue that a lot might be won if we don't simply reflect on documentaries as a window on or intervention in truth, yet as a political epistemology that – like theories – contain specific postures, recommendations and methodologies in the direction of the realm to which they supply access.
This paintings could be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, pop culture and global politics and media reviews alike.
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In Chapter 8, Robin May Schott takes up representations of rape and gender in contemporary documentaries on sexual military assault, including The Invisible War and Operation Fine Girl. Chapter 9, by Rune Saugmann Andersen, zooms in on the camera and particularly video footage as a weapon in contemporary global politics. In this context, Andersen juxtaposes the politics of Burma VJ (the acclaimed documentary about undercover video reporting of the 2007 protests against Burma’s military junta) with that of Burke + Norfolk, a short documentary that problematizes war in Afghanistan.
Inordertoillustratetheeffectsoftheheteronomousnatureofthedocumentary field on the types and genres of documentary film productions, I now present ethnographic notes on the functioning of the International Documentary Film Festival(IDFA)inAmsterdam. Ifirstanalyzethepitchingforumasaprivilegedsiteoftheproduction of hierarchies regarding what constitutes a ‘good’ documentary, before turningtothefestivalprogrammingasamodeofdisciplining,consecratingand marginalizingdocumentarystyles.
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Documenting World Politics: A Critical Companion to IR and Non-Fiction Film by Rens Van Munster, Casper Sylvest