Critical Writing Index

Introduction: Experiments in Documentary

by Lucas Hilderbrand

Millennium Film Journal, 2009, no. 51, p. 10

This work opens with discussion about how documentary is inherently contradictory, and explores the documentary/experimental film hybrid. The author looks at forms of video art that challenge the widely accepted norms of the documentary form. Through a discussion of the work of a number of contemporary and historical works in the genre, the author explores and catalogues the potentiality of the experimental documentary. Hilderbrand suggests that it functions as a medium that can offer historical revisions and open up space for representation. Hilderbrand states: "experimental documentaries allow for -- maybe even necessitate -- critical subjectiveness, humanist connections, recognition of historical wrong doings, and speculation towards more progressive ways of being and representing."

ITEM 2009.170 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Man with a Movie CameraJohn Grierson

Night and FogJonathan Kahana

Sans SoleilMaya Deren

ReassemblageStan Brakhage

Tongues UntiedDziga Vertov

History and MemoryAlain Resnais

diaries (1989-93)Chris Marker

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, Take OneTrinh T. Minh- ha

Far from PolandMarlon Rigg

The Thin BlueLineRea Tajiri

L'hippocampeSadie Benning

AceraWilliam Greaves

The Witches' DanceJill Godmilow

RE: The_OperationErrol Morris

Apple Grown in Wind TunnelJean Painlevé

How to Fix the WorldJean Painlevé

Isle of FlowersJean Painlevé

BluePaul Chan

Lost Book FoundSteven Matheson

My Life in Five MinutesJacqueline Goss

The Third MemoryJorge Furtado

Sad Disco FantasiaDerek Jarman

Black and White Trypps Number ThreeJem Cohen

An Injury to OneAllyson Mitchell

The CastingPierre Huyghe

Daughter RiteSteve Reinke

Inextinguishable FireBen Russell

RocketKitKongoKitTravis Wilkerson

Là-basOmer Fast

Walid Ra'ad

The Atlas Group

Michelle Citron

Harun Farocki

Peggy Ahwesh

Caroline Koebel

Chie Yamayoshi

Liza Johnson

Julia Meltzer

David Thorne

Craig Baldwin

Greg Youmans

Chantal Akerman

Walid Raad