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Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
A film by Pepita Ferrari

97 minutes + bonus interviews, documentary, color & b/w, English, 2009
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From cinema-vérité pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world’s best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre in this comprehensive and eye-opening two-disc box set.

Featuring interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, as well as recent work like Darwin’s Nightmare and Touching the Void, Capturing Reality explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films. Deftly charting the documentarian’s journey, it poses the question: can film capture reality?

FEATURING (in alphabetical order):

• Jennifer Baichwal • Patricio Guzmán • Alanis Obomsawin
• Manfred Becker • Werner Herzog • Laura Poitras
• Michel Brault • Scott Hicks • Emmanuel Priou
• Nick Broomfield • Heddy Honigmann • Velcrow Ripper
• Joan Churchill • Jean-Daniel Lafond • Hubert Sauper
• Malcolm Clarke • Sylvain L’espérance • Rakesh Sharma
• Eduardo Coutinho • Jean-Pierre Lledo • Claire Simon
• Paul Cowan • Kim Longinotto • Barry Stevens
• Jean-Xavier de Lestrade • Kevin Macdonald • Sabiha Sumar
• Molly Dineen • Catherine Martin • Nettie Wild
• Jennifer Fox • Albert Maysles • Peter Wintonick
• Denis Gheerbrant • Errol Morris • Jessica Yu
• Serge Giguère • Stan Neumann  


"A great new movie...a guide to docs you will absolutely want to check out!"
- The Montreal Gazette

"A fascinating and authoritative record...like a who’s who of the documentary world."
- International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

"Real life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up."
- Kevin MacDonald, Director, Touching the Void & The Last King of Scotland

"Featuring 38 of the greatest names in documentary talking about every aspect of their creative process, it has great value as an education tool — and as a validation for why we do this in the first place." - Thomas White, Documentary.org

Recommended Reading

The Art of the Documentary: Ten Conversations with Leading Directors, Cinematographers, Editors, and Producers by Megan Cunningham

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Erik Barnouw

Disc Features

●  Bonus Disc with Approx. 4 Hours of Additional Filmmaker Interviews

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