Faculty of Arts


Documentary: The Real Returns


In this course, we will examine some of the major documentaries to emerge since film began, from the actualities of the Lumière’s to the political features of Michael Moore and beyond. We will also engage with theories that have emerged around a discussion of the documentary, entering into the thorny debate of what documentary actually is and its relation to “reality”.

There are usually two documentaries assigned for screening each week. 

At the commencement of each class, I will ask students to make connections between the week’s reading and screening/s as it is essential that both activities are carried out.

Note: A number of the documentaries contain disturbing material, so be prepared.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Not taught in 2019


Coordinator(s) Professor Annie Goldson


Grant, B. and Jeanette Sloniowski, eds. Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video, Detroit: Wayne University Press, 1998.

Chanan, M. The Politics of Documentary, London : British Film Institute, 2007.

All readings are available through Talis, either as digital copies or through the short loan desk at the General Library.


MEDIA 704: 30.0 points


FTVMS 704, 722

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