8th International Documentary Conference
"The Experimental Documentary"
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São Paulo, Sesc Avenida Paulista
April 2 – 4, 2008
The Boundaries of Documentary Film Today
The recent acclaim that the engaged documentary
school has received – whose most prominent
global symbol is the work of Michael Moore –
poses a collateral risk for the documentary genre.
Non-fictional cinema might be captured through
the lenses of this purely instrumental account to
the detriment of one of its richest contemporary resources,
namely, the autonomization of documentary
film as a free authorial discourse.
John Grierson’s model had many lessons in store,
while engaged documentary launches campaigns.
Both are filmmaking with a cause. The former
preaches from the pulpit, the latter from a dais. But
contemporary documentary making is not standing
at the forefront of artistic experimentation thanks
to signature films. Quite the contrary.
It is precisely the mapping out of this free
territory known as experimental documentary –
for lack of a more suitable term – that provides
the theme for the 8th International Documentary
Conference. And we couldn’t find a better
opportunity to showcase in this Festival’s edition
a groundbreaking retrospective of Brazilian
Visitors to the Festival will be able to compare
different historical views and national perspectives.
One of the round tables will address the expansion
of the boundaries of cinema of truth. There can
be no better way to discuss the main Brazilian
Finally, it is a privilege for this Conference to
close with a meeting with one of the most
unpredictable documentarians working today,
the Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth.
Fasten your seat belts and welcome aboard!
Amir Labaki & Maria Dora Mourão
It’s All True & CINUSP “Paulo Emílio”