Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

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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Film Credits

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

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