Subject to reality : women and documentary film

by Warren, Shilyh J., 1974-

Format: Print Book 2019
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1995.9.D6 W37 2019
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN1995.9.D6 W37 2019
Revolutionary thinking around gender and race merged with new film technologies to usher in a wave of women's documentaries in the 1970s. Driven by the various promises of second-wave feminism, activist filmmakers believed authentic stories about women would bring more people into an imminent revolution. Yet their films soon faded into obscurity. Shilyh Warren reopens this understudied period and links it to a neglected era of women's filmmaking that took place from 1920 to 1940, another key period of thinking around documentary, race, and gender. Drawing women's cultural expression during these two explosive times into conversation, Warren reconsiders key debates about subjectivity, feminism, realism, and documentary and their lasting epistemological and material consequences for film and feminist studies. She also excavates the lost ethnographic history of women's documentary filmmaking in the earlier era and explores the political and aesthetic legacy of these films in more explicitly feminist periods like the Seventies. Filled with challenging insights and new close readings, Subject to Reality sheds light on a profound and unexamined history of feminist documentaries while revealing their influence on the filmmakers of today.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The latest entry in the Women and Film History International series examines the work of women documentary filmmakers during two pivotal periods, 1920-to-1940 and the 1970s, in which technological innovations in filmmaking and social upheavals tore the fabric of the times. Warren seeks out the . . . entwined political, social, and discursive threads that wound their way into documentary filmmaking, . . . focusing intently on gender, race, and class politics."" Finally given their due are Frances Flaherty and Osa Johnson, usually mentioned in film histories as assistants to their filmmaker husbands, Robert Flaherty and Martin Johnson, when they were, in fact, collaborators. The use of film in the work of anthropologists Zora Neale Hurston and Margaret Mead is discussed at length. The second half of the book reviews the ""personal films white and Jewish women made about themselves and their families in the early 1970s and follows up with a consideration of native ethnographers and feminist solidarity vis-à-vis documentary filmmaking. A concluding essay and extensive notes confirm the care and scholarship that went into this enlightening study.--Carolyn Mulac Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Women and film history international.
Subjects Documentary films -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Women motion picture producers and directors -- United States.
Feminism and motion pictures.
Motion pictures and women.
Publisher Urbana :2019
Language English
Description x, 179 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-167) and index.
ISBN 9780252084348
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