Search – True Lies: Documentary

This page has links to records in the AFI Research Collection catalogue about the films, people, and issues mentioned in the True Lies: Documentary subject.

The links are arranged by the week of the screening. All linked items are in green.

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Week 1: What is a Documentary (for)?
Screening: The Thin Blue Line (1988), dir Errol Morris. 103 min

Week 2: Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy of Documentary: Observational Mode – guest lecture Adrian Danks
Screening: Dont Look Back (1967), dir D.A Pennebaker 96 min

Week 3: Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy of Documentary: Expository and Poetic Modes

Screening: Night Mail (1936), dirs Harry Watt, Basil Wright, 38 mins.

Triumph Des Willens, (Triumph of the Will) (1934), Leni Riefenstahl, 40 mins (abridged version)

Week 4: Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy of Documentary: Participatory/Interactive Mode

Screening: Time Indefinite (1993), dir Ross McElwee 114 min.


Week 5: Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy of Documentary: Reflexive Mode

Screening: Forbidden Lie$ (2006) dir Anna Broinowski, 106 min

Week 6: Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy of Documentary: Performative Mode

Screening: Blight (1996) dir John Smith, 15 mins.

Waltz With Bashir (2008) dir. Ari Folman 90 min.

Week 7: The Problem of Performance: Critiquing Bill Nichols’ Taxonomy

Screening: Forgotten Silver (1995) dir Peter Jackson, 53 min.

Also This is Spinal Tap (1984) dir Rob Reiner, 82 min (in part)

Week 8: Ideology: Realism

Screening: Chelovek’s kino-apparatom (The Man With a Movie Camera) (1929), dir. Dziga Vertov, 68 mins

Week 9: Ideology: Feminist documentary – Lisa French

Screening: Sink or Swim (1990), dir. Su Friedrich, 48 mins.
The Life and Times of Rosie The Riveter (1980), dir Connie Field, 62 mins.

Week 10: Critiquing Ethnographic Film

Screening: Nanook of the North: a Story of Life and Love in the Actual Arctic (1922), dir. Robert Flaherty, 72 mins.

Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (Land Without Bread), 1933), dir Luis Bunuel, 27 mins.

Week 11: Reimagining the documentary form

Screening: Touching the Void, dir. Kevin Macdonald (2003), 106 mins 

Week 12: Conclusion: Where to, documentary?

Screening: I Am A Girl, dir Rebecca Barry (2013), 88 mins

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