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positions (2012) 20 (1): 211–239.
Published: 01 February 2012
...Tina Mai Chen This article inquires into how “the personal” assumes specific positions relative to truth claims constitutive of twentieth-century national and international documentary systems. It analyzes migration of those identified as Chinese in and out of Burma during the late 1930s and 1940s...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 489–515.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Luke Robinson This article addresses the use of the human voice in contemporary Chinese independent documentary in relation to xianchang . Broadly analogous to the Anglophone concept of “liveness,” xianchang is a shooting practice that interrogates questions of immediacy (being “on the scene”) and...
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positions (2002) 10 (1): 39–78.
Published: 01 February 2002
...Abé Mark Nornes 2002 by Duke University Press 2002 The Postwar Documentary Trace: Groping in the Dark Abé Mark Nornes The 1998 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival featured a major retrospective of Japanese documentary films from the...
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positions (2012) 20 (3): 793–804.
Published: 01 August 2012
... grandmother's final ceremonies for her documentary Second Burial . Underhill offers these family portraits from 1999 and 2006 as an extended elegy for her grandmother. Luminous Elegies: Cha˘m Family Documentary in Phuc Lâ.p, Vietnam Julie Thi Underhill Once she arrived in the United...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 659–681.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Qi Wang This article explores the visual representation of minority (especially queer) identities in the highly stylized and experimental documentaries of independent filmmakers Shi Tou and Cui Zi'en, two of the most prominent cultural figures in the Chinese queer community. My analysis focuses on...
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positions (2013) 21 (3): 683–701.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Guo-Juin Hong This article examines Mickey Chen's queer documentaries and their tactics of subversion, especially in his representation of both positive and negative images and in his formal strategies of mimicking mainstream media. Issues of “visibility” permeate the general landscape of...
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positions (2014) 22 (2): 329–369.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Jie Li This article examines a collection of documentary films produced by the South Manchurian Railway Company (Mantetsu) in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo as the first part of a broader study of films produced in and about Manchuria in the 1930s and 1940s. Taking up a common description...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 397–420.
Published: 01 May 2019
..., but it was also a medium through which programs and listeners found creative outlets to question state-produced truths. Against the popular belief that documentary texts are based on facts, and as sites for reproducing the real, most documentaries can be read as dramatizations working within the...
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positions (2020) 28 (2): 277–309.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Takushi Odagiri This article examines Sōda Kazuhiro’s observational documentary, especially his second observational film, Seishin ( Mental ), and specifically considers its participatory methods, sociohistorical circumstances, and philosophical anthropology. Influenced by North American direct...
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positions (2016) 24 (4): 789–812.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Nicholas de Villiers; Yongan Wu Zhang Bingjian's documentary Readymade (2008) focuses on the lives of two Mao Zedong impersonators in the People's Republic of China: Mr. Peng Tian, a forty-six-year-old farmer from Hunan Province enrolled in the performance art program of Beijing Film Academy with...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 361–396.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Takushi Odagiri This article examines Kawase’s films, with a focus on her early documentaries in autobiographical forms (in the 1990s and early 2000s). Far from being a simple mimesis of her everyday reality, Kawase’s cinema-verité–like autobiographies have distinct features. In particular, they...
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positions (2017) 25 (4): 717–743.
Published: 01 November 2017
... conversations between the government officials in charge of regulating urban signage and the plaza's forty-five shopkeepers were recorded in a four-part documentary series that was televised on the Seoul Broadcasting System in 2007. The documentary was intended to exemplify the government's effectiveness as...
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positions (2011) 19 (2): 307–334.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Ryan Canlas This article looks at the 1990 documentary Masakit sa mata ( Eyesores ) as an instance of Filipino filmmaking that, in the aftermath of Lino Brocka's socialist realist cinema, explores the modalities of a postmodernist documentary style. It argues that the film founds the idea and...
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positions (2012) 20 (1): 241–265.
Published: 01 February 2012
... creative ways images have inhabited the journal's “books,” I introduce ephemeral embodied performance art and the concept of “relational aesthetics” to discuss documentary filmmaking today. I suggest useful analogies from current art making. How might we reimagine the performance of our writing and reading...
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positions (2014) 22 (4): 907–930.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of reality, memory, and time are significant tropes in Matsumoto's films. Bara no soretsu , for instance, set in the gay district of Tokyo, freely shifts between various points in time, mixes narrative fiction and documentary, and allows for the intermingling of the actors' own personal memories and...
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positions (2019) 27 (2): 297–332.
Published: 01 May 2019
... informed by a critical regionalism that undermines the supraracial, pan-Asianist ideology of the Singaporean heartland. Parodying aesthetics of documentary realism (namely its indexical relationship to social reality), Khoo develops his mockumentary syntax, which best characterizes his cross-cinematic...
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positions (2019) 27 (4): 597–621.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Rea Amit Imamura Taihei (1911–86) is considered by many to be the first film theorist in Japan, and he is known chiefly for his two grand theories on documentary film and animation. Yet, at the same time, Imamura also developed a third, no less ambitious theory, that of “Cinema and Japanese Art...
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positions (2018) 26 (2): 265–304.
Published: 01 May 2018
... an international corpus of knowledge, including knowledge used to set international radiation safety standards. By analyzing a key documentary source from the popular genetics magazine Iden , the author examines how scientists investigated a biological notion of “repair” or “restoration” during this...
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positions (2020) 28 (4): 841–868.
Published: 01 November 2020
... Muhammad’s 2007 independent documentary Village People Radio Show ( Apa khabar orang kampung ) recovers radio’s forgotten role in the Second Malayan Emergency, also known as the Communist Insurgency War (1967–89). Copyright 2020 Duke University Press 2020 decolonization media archaeology Singapore...
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positions (2010) 18 (3): 633–670.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Yomi Braester The essay examines photography at Tiananmen from 1949 to the present. Personal mementos are placed within personal narratives and used as scaffolding for memory work. Documentary films juxtapose photography with other social practices at the square. Photography both conveys and shapes...