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Indian Documentary Film and Filmmakers: Practicing Independence

Shweta Kishore


Independent documentary is enjoying a resurgence in post-reform India. But in contemporary cinema and media cultures, where ‘independent’ operates as an industry genre or critical category, how do we understand the significance of this mode of cultural production? Based on detailed onsite observation of documentary production, circulation practices and the analysis of film texts, this book identifies independence as a 'tactical practice’, contesting the normative definitions and functions assigned to culture, cultural production and producers in a neoliberal economic system. Focusing on select ... More

Keywords: Documentary film, South Asian cinema, political documentary, activist documentary, film ethics, feminist documentary, participatory video, Indian cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474433068
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shweta Kishore, author
RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City