Documentary Film as a Means of Articulation and Transfer of Anthropological Moment

Nikša Sviličić, Zlatko Vidačković


This paper seeks to explain the reasons of rising popularity of the documentary genre, emphasizing the anthropological domain, i.e. its correlation with acute social events or trends. Using the scientific-exploratory approach to documentaries, the paper presents the origins and the development of the documentary film. Special attention was given to the most influental documentaries in the last decade, dealing with politics: (»Fahrenheit 9/11«, »Bush's Brain«), arming (»Bowling for Columbine«), health (»Sicko«), economy (»Capitalism: A Love Story«), ecology (»An Inconvenient Truth«) and food (»Super Size Me«). The paper further analizes the popularization of the documentary film in Croatia, the most watched Croatian documentaries in theatres, and the most controversial Croatian documentaries. It also tries to define what makes a good script for a documentary film, presents the basic types of scripts for a documentary film, and differences between scripts for a documentary and a feature film. Finally, the paper questions weather the classic Croatian documentaries (»A Little Village Performance« and »Green Love«) are documentaries at all.


Documentary, visual anthropology, film

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