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Documentary Storytelling, 2nd Edition by Sheila Curran Bernard

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Introduction

These are exciting times for documentary films and filmmakers. Changes in technology and the way media is produced and consumed are creating new opportunities, and documentary stories are finding new audiences both locally and globally. Not just documentary films, documentary stories. Look at the films that have been winning acclaim recently at Cannes, at the Academy Awards, in Banff and Berlin and Bergen. Born into Brothels. Grizzly Man. March of the Penguins. Super Size Me. These films succeed not because they’re important or inspiring or because they motivate action and activism. They succeed—and they often are important, inspirational, and motivational—because they grab audiences and take them on an unforgettable journey. ...

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