i have a student who wants to do an extended term paper on "documentary and representation" -- a topic about which i know precious little since all my work is on fiction film . . . i'm wondering if anyone on the list can direct me to some useful introductions to the topic or explorations of it accessible to a general reader

i should point out that my student, although very bright and dedicated, is studying business -- and is taking my cinema class simply to satisfy a requirement -- which means that she has no background in these areas, or even in the conventions of liberal arts inquiry . . . so i'm hoping for something that, while not dumbing down a complex topic, is written so that with effort  beginners can make sense of it

thanks in advance for suggestions


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