Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Performative Documentary

Performative documentaries are where the film maker takes part in the documentary as the main subject who is trying something out for an experiment. They are part of the filming as well as being the documentary maker. This is often confused with participatory documentaries. Being very personal, the performative mode is particularly well-suited to telling the stories of filmmakers from different social groups, offering the chance to air unique perspectives without having to argue both sides of their experiences. There is more room for creative freedom in terms of visual abstraction, narrative, etc. As the filmmaker is visable to the viewers and are freely discussing their opinions on the subject they are filming about then they have the power to discuss their own opinions and views on things.

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