Documentary films in India : critical aesthetics at work /
Aparna Sharma.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
xiii, 276 p. ; 23 cm
1137395435, 9781137395436
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
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Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction PART I1. Constructing the Self, Constructing Others 2. New Boys at the Doon School 3. Gandhi's Children PART II 4. An Arrested Eye: Trauma and Becoming in Desire Machine Collective's Documentary Installations 5. Passage 6. Residue PART III 7. A Turn Towards the Classical: The Documentaries of Kumar Shahani 8. The Bamboo Flute Epilogue.
"This book introduces the diverse practices of documentary films in India. It examines the oeuvres of three non-canonical practitioners: ethnographic filmmaker, David MacDougall; northeast India-based moving-image artists group, Desire Machine Collective; and avant-garde filmmaker and cinema philosopher, Kumar Shahani. Sharma offers in-depth analysis of these practitioners' distinct documentary methods and aesthetics, exploring how their oeuvres constitute a critical and self-reflexive approach to documentary-making in India. The book commences with an overview of the factors that have shaped the political contours of documentary-making in India, before introducing the select practitioners as a counter-point to the dominant and canonical tendencies of documentary films in India. Three sections of the book take up one filmmaker each, whose oeuvre is studied in-depth with a view to explore and articulate how the critical discourse and aesthetic strategies of their films evolve"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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