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Franco's Settlers: An Example of the Suppression of the 'Searching' Documentary Film
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Book

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PL 083BK PL 083BK
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RELEASE DATE
9/21/2018

A collection of texts by Patricia Campelo, Carlos Castresana, Cristóbal Gómez Benito, Christoph Haas, Christoph Hübner, Paco Nadal, Rafael Poch-de-Feliu, Johanna Pumb, Georg Seeßlen, Kerstin Stutterheim, and Juan Zapater. For some time, neoliberalism has defined the content and aesthetic of documentary films. The classic open, "searching" documentary film is now very rare. It has been superseded by formatted, closed documentaries that follow the rules of advertising, propaganda or feature films, seeking to arouse emotions and encourage identification with the heroes of the story. For the past twenty years, festivals, film sponsors, and TV companies have been demanding and promoting feel-good films in conformity to the market. There's little desire for films that offer grey shades, skepticism, complexity, distance from the subject, films that are thought-provoking and challenging. Through the example of Franco's Settlers (PL 084DVD), this book explores the difficulties encountered by filmmakers who resist this neoliberal standard format. It also considers the subject of the film, how Spain has not yet undergone a process of coming to terms with the civil war, Franco's dictatorship and their legacies. 320 pages; softcover; 33 colored photographs.