Multi-Layered Structure of Documentary Narration and the Blurring Lines


“Reality” has always been on the focus within the documentary narration and in order to come closer to reality, search for the new techniques and forms has continued throughout the history of documentary cinema. Reality, within the framework of multi-layered structure of the documentary narration, consists of a reference to the documentary. So, documentaries should be considered as a dynamic field, where a number of look or perspectives intersect. This intersection point, creating a complex and multi-dimensional object, allows exploring and understanding different identities of them all, the documentarist, the subject and the audience. As the narrative styles of documentaries are transforming continuously with the effects of social, cultural, political and technological changes, the aim of this work is to crystallize the narrative layers of documentarist, subject and audience through the exemplification and analysis of one of the most recent and strong film. “Wedding: A Film” (Dir. Mohammadreza Farzad, 2015) is a poetic film essay about the director himself, on the verge of divorce, deciding to re-watch his wedding footages with the possible mission of tracing back the break up to the happy ceremony. He begins to make a film about the poetics of wedding films, with his ex-wife as the editor, to revise and re-edit their broken marriage. With the analysis of this film it will be possible to see that as it is blurring who is the filmmaker, subject or the audience, film becomes to a much sincere point in the search of reality in documentary narration.

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Nihan Gider Isikman, Baskent University, Turkey

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Conference: FilmAsia2016
Stream: Film Direction and Production

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