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Of the subjective and objective in contemporary Bulgarian documentary film

Author(s): Teodora Doncheva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Keeping the balance between the author’s right to his/her own interpretation and the sense of proportion to authenticity in documentary films is central to documentarism. The article analyses this paradox (or conflict), seeking to find a balance between the objective fact and the author’s subjective disposition (needed to turn the story of this very fact into a work of art). A Saga of the Wasted Opportunities (dir. Ralitza Dimitrova, 2018) and Pawn Sacrifice (dir. Assen Vladimirov, 2018) provide good case studies illustrating a wrong and a good solution. The study traces what happens when solely the opinion of the author is given without expressing other possible viewpoints; when the story includes certain events, neglecting other. Historical documentary films enjoy huge popularity with audiences and that is the reason why they should be accurately and veraciously made.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 57-60
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: English, Bulgarian