Reflexive Documentary By Sam, Misha, Daniel and Charlotte What is Reflexive Documentary?



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Reflexive Documentary

  • By Sam, Misha, Daniel and Charlotte

What is Reflexive Documentary?

  • “Instead of seeing through documentaries to the world beyond them, reflexive documentaries ask us to see documentary for what it is; a construct or representation” (Nichols, 2001, P. 125)
  • “Reflexivity draws our attention to our assumption and expectations about documentary form itself” (Nichols, 2001, P. 128)

Derrida (2002) A Documentary by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman

  • Following the life of French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
  • Derrida wrote over 40 books, as well as countless essays and has lectured extensively on a range of subjects.
  • His key area of interest was in post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.
  • His most important theory is that of deconstruction, and this is something that is explored in the documentary Derrida.
  • Derrida is a reflexive documentary that deconstructs itself both from the outside in and the inside out.

Reflexive Deconstruction from the Outside In

  • 33.50 – Derrida watching himself watching himself.

Reflexive Deconstruction from the Inside Out

  • 18.40 – “So, this is what you call cinéma vérité? Everything is false”
  • 13.49 – The unnatural state of the documentary.
  • 26.40 – Can never forget the camera
  • “If Dick and Ziering Kofman follow Derrida, Derrida is also following them.” Royle, Nicholas (2005). "Blind Cinema". In Dick, Kirby; Ziering Kofman, Amy. Derrida. Routledge. p. 16.
  • “Derrida does his best to undermine things, taking nothing at face value, becoming an active participant in the deconstruction of his own documentary” Chanan, Michael ( 2007) The Politics of Documentary, BFI Publishing. P. 217

Voice Over

  • Narrator quotes Derrida’s own work
  • In a way this is a form of reflexive deconstruction as she deconstructs Derrida into his philosophical parts.
  • Also separates Derrida into his philosophical side and his everyday guy side.

References

  • Royle, Nicholas (2005). "Blind Cinema". In Dick, Kirby; Ziering Kofman, Amy. Derrida. Routledge.
  • Nichols, Bill (2001) Introduction to Documentary, Indiana University Press
  • Chanan, Michael ( 2007) The Politics of Documentary, BFI Publishing.
  • Derrida (2002) Directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman [Film]. France: Jane Doe Films
  • “Jacques Derrida," by Reynolds, Jack.  The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002, http://www.iep.utm.edu/, (04/11/14)


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