Documentary: Fact or Fiction? | Reassemblage (1982) & The Ties That Bind (1984)

By Ted Barron, Ph.D | Executive Director, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, November 2, 2022

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In the 1980s, filmmakers Trinh T. Min-ha and Su Friedrich used essayistic techniques to reconsider conventional modes of documentary. For Minh-ha, ethnography is called into question in the way it situates filmmaker-subject relationships. And, for Friedrich, it is a personal account of her mother’s complicated life story that opens up new possibilities of nonfiction form. 

About the Series
Documentary: Fact or Fiction? examines how nonfiction representation has evolved from early experimentations through the impact of television journalism to the emergence of new media.

Rather than provide a chronological history of documentary, the series will focus on films that raise questions about nonfiction representation and its implications for filmmakers, subjects, and viewers. Issues such as testimony, performance, reflexivity and ethics will be addressed, all of which serve to deepen the complex discourse of cinematic realism.

Series Host: Dr. Ted Barron
Dr. Ted Barron is the Executive Director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. He teaches courses on global cinema history, documentary film, and German film.