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Документалният екран на ХХІ век
Documentary Film of the 21st century

Author(s): Dimiter Kabaivanov
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The documentary cinema is a functional art which usually to some extent either in opposition or an apology of the regime (political, social and ideological) of the time it is created. During the last few years and also today, when the world is experiencing one of its regular economic crises (not to mention the ‘vacuum’ of new ideology in the world) very often documentary cinema turns to a publicist model of expression and the ‘classical’ correlation between the quantity of researched material and the forms of presentation is being very often disregarded. Most of the authors try to create a cinema, based both on direct publicist expression and the use of metaphorical speculations. And at the same time we can sense an accent in the rational suggestions in most documentary films which try from different points of view to look at our everyday life through the eyes of the individual person. What is common for all those authors is the fact that they all make films that portray the life of possibly the smallest social groups of the individual. While the problem they focus on, whether looking at some spheres of human existence or is claustrophobically fixed on the micro cosmos of a single human experience is survival. Obviously in the 21st century the world is still not the best place to live. But the previous generations during different periods in time have not lived better. The problem is that today the lack of security and perspective follow the period of illusion that we have overcome an age of conflicts (20th century) and that before us lies a difficult but also creative and noble perspective.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 204-208
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian