n De Arte - (2012) : documentary filmmaking and the archive : research




Students and staff at the University of the Witwatersrand participated in anti-apartheid protests over a period of more than thirty years. In this article the researcher examines the construction of a documentary film, , using archival material and interviews with a selection of the activists. She examines the film in relation to the use of archival material in documentary films, the contextualisation and the integrity of these materials, and the impact of juxtaposing recordings from different eras and of variable technical quality. The researcher considers these aspects in the light of debates regarding historical and contemporary approaches to documentary filmmaking as a tool for expanding the archive.


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