The Melancholy of a political documentarist

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    Exploring the conditions and desire for political documentary at the present conjuncture, drawing on the author’s experience as a London-based freelance documentarist since the 1970s and especially, since the turn of the millennium, making documentaries from a base within academia.

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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)196-213
    Number of pages18
    JournalStudies in Documentary Film
    Issue number3
    Early online date31 Oct 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Documentary
    • aesthetic labor
    • cultural production
    • digital video
    • immaterial labor
    • political documentary
    • video activism

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