Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

                                Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
| 1 h 37 min

In this feature-length film on the art of the documentary, director Pepita Ferrari interviews 33 leading documentarians and shows clips from over 50 films. From cinéma-vérité pioneers like Albert Maysles and Michel Brault to mavericks like Errol Morris and Nick Broomfield, it explores the challenges of capturing reality on film. Directors as diverse as Pakistani feminist Sabiha Sumar and new media guru Peter Wintonick reflect on ethical issues and the contested status of the “truth.”

Featured interviews include German iconoclast Werner Herzog; Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán; British director Kim Longinotto and Alanis Obomsawin, the First Lady of First Nations cinema. Visit Capturing Reality for additional interviews and background.

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  • participant
    Jennifer Baichwal
    Manfred Becker
    Michel Brault
    Nick Broomfield
    Joan Churchill
    Eduardo Coutinho
    Paul Cowan
    Jean-Xavier De Lestrade
    Molly Dineen
    Jennifer Fox
    Denis Gheerbrant
    Serge Giguère
    Patricio Guzman
    Werner Herzog
    Scott Hicks
    Heddy Honigmann
    Sylvain L'Espérance
    Jean-Pierre Lledo
    Kim Longinotto
    Kevin MacDonald
    Albert Maysles
    Errol Morris
    Stan Neumann
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Laura Poitras
    Velcrow Ripper
    Hubert Sauper
    Rakesh Sharma
    Barry Stevens
    Sabiha Sumar
    Nettie Wild
    Peter Wintonick
    Jessica Yu
  • director
    Pepita Ferrari
  • writer
    Pepita Ferrari
  • producer
    Michelle van Beusekom
  • cinematographer
    Marc Gadoury
  • editor
    Barbara Brown
  • original music
    Robert M. Lepage
  • research
    Pepita Ferrari
    Michelle van Beusekom
    Gabriella Romano
    Christiane Talbot
    Katherine Kasirer
  • archival research
    Sylvia Mezei
    Gabriella Romano
  • research consultant
    Diane Poitras
    Jerry McIntosh
  • sound recordist
    André Boisvert
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • sound editor
    Olivier Calvert
  • mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • graphics
    Philippe Raymond