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[ecrea] New book: Indian Documentary Film and Filmmakers: Independence in Practice

Wed Nov 14 13:04:31 GMT 2018

New book:
/Indian Documentary Film and Filmmakers: Independence in Practice/ (Edinburgh University Press)

About the book:
Independent documentary is enjoying a resurgence in post-reform India. But in contemporary cinema and media cultures, where ‘independent’ operates as an industry genre or critical category, how do we understand the significance of this mode of cultural production? Based on detailed onsite observation of documentary production, circulation practices and the analysis of film texts, this book identifies independence as a ‘tactical practice’, contesting the normative definitions and functions assigned to culture, cultural production and producers in a neoliberal economic system. Focusing on selected filmmakers, the book establishes how they have reorganised the dominance of industrial media, technology and social relations to develop practices that build upon principles of de-economisation, artisanship and interdependence.

Table of Contents

1. Histories and Cultures: Space, Filmmaker, Text, Spectator
Public Space and Democratic Instruments
An ‘Involved’ Filmmaker
Text, Representation and Reflexivity
Spectator and Horizontal Communication

2. Method and Meaning
Filmmakers, Histories, Concerns, Aesthetics
Artisanal Production
A Signifying Practice

3. Financing and Production
NGOS and Useful Media
Institutionally Managed Practice
Self-managed Practice
A Tactics of Practice

4. Circulation and Exhibition
The Regulated Public Domain
 From Information to Emotion
Between Participant and Audience
A Tactics of Circulation

5. People and Documentary
The Subject: Institutions and Representation
Artist, Meanings, Obligation
Speaking with the Subject
Independent: Interdependent and Negotiated Consent Practice

A fine contribution to our understanding of social-issue and activist documentary cinema and its lively incarnation in India since 1987. Rigorous and resourceful, Kishore’s labour of love ranges from the work of five exemplary artists to their theoretical and political context. With the growing circulation of independent Indian nonfiction voices and images, practising independence becomes increasingly urgent.
/Professor Thomas Waugh, Concordia University/

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