The Documentary Film Reader brings together an expansive range of
writing by scholars, critics, historians, and filmmakers to provide
a stimulating foundational text for students and others who want to
undertake study of nonfiction film. While documentary has long been
a mainstay of universities and cinematheques, its popularity of
late has grown tenfold as reality television has flourished and as
the ranks of novice filmmakers have swelled. There are now dozens
of film festivals dedicated exclusively to documentaries. This
reader presents an international perspective on the most
significant developments and debates from several decades of
critical writing about documentary. It integrates historical and
theoretical approaches, offering a collection that is particularly
well suited to meet the needs of large undergraduate survey courses
on nonfiction film, as well as providing sufficient depth for
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