randy riddle makes a good point:
"On the other hand, I'm disturbed that there's a concentration on the
"big budget", more popular-oriented works in the lists I've seen
posted here. Video -- a medium that is revolutionizing the
documentary form by providing tools of expression to minority or
localized groups at a small cost -- is being ignored by Academia for
the most part. The "classic" documentary of this generation won't be
shot on 16mm or 35mm, but probably on VHS, Hi-8, or DV (when it
so here's some suggestions for documentaries from the
margins--low-budget, independent but well-done...
available from "women make movies" catalog
BOTH by vic de la rosa, short documentary of two white frat boy looking
guys living in a monogamous couple, both HIV+
DREAMGIRLS, an *excellent documentary on the training at the Takarazuka
(sp?) music and dance school in japan. it's an all-girls school with
trains girls to perform in slightly gender-bendy musicals. these girls
are pop culture idols in japan. poor explanation on my part of a fabulous
COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER, about a woman's mother's fight against
alzheimer's and (peripherally) the daughter's lesbianism. i haven't seen
it myself, but wasn't it nominated for an academy award.
also try to track down "third world newsreel" in nyc:
TWO-SPIRIT PEOPLE, a documentary about the berdache, the "third sexed"
men of native american culture (contains an excellent clip of dustin
hoffman in 'little big man')
i wish i could remember the name of that thing about the transgendered
belly dancer (man living and working as a female entertainer in Beirut). now
was some stunning footage of a man/woman completely otherwise illegible
to western culture. great for making your students think about who has
authority in the medium and about visibility/representation. i'm sure
newsreel could tell you the name of it.
University of Oregon
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