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Female Authorship and the Documentary ImageTheory, Practice and Aesthetics$
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Boel Ulfsdotter and Anna Backman Rogers

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419444

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419444.001.0001

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The Feminist Voice: Improvisation in Women’s Autobiographical Filmmaking

The Feminist Voice: Improvisation in Women’s Autobiographical Filmmaking

(p.75) 4. The Feminist Voice: Improvisation in Women’s Autobiographical Filmmaking
Female Authorship and the Documentary Image
Gabrielle McNally
Edinburgh University Press

The essays discusses the mindful use of improvisational methods in women’s autobiographical filmmaking as a means to establish a feminist documentary voice that lies outside of patriarchy and established Western notions of subject, using intersections between improvisational theory and the well-established theories of subjective voice in documentary. The author concludes that “improvisation as a working method invites practitioners into a space of community, empowerment and political change.” … “”Through the utilisation of improvisation as a method of feminist autobiographical documentary praxis, filmmakers can take a step in the direction towards a future promising personal growth and both social and political change and define their work outside of standardised, patriarchal means.”

Keywords:   Feminist voice, Improvisation as method, Autobiographical filmmaking, Female subjectivity, Documentary praxis

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