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By Alexandra Juhasz, Alisa Lebow

A significant other to modern Documentary Film offers a suite of unique essays that discover significant matters surrounding the country of present documentary movies and their ability to motivate and impression change. 

  • Presents a complete number of essays on the subject of all facets of up to date documentary films
  • Includes approximately 30 unique essays via best documentary movie students and makers, with each one thematic grouping of essays sub-edited via significant figures within the field
  • Explores quite a few topics imperative to modern documentary filmmakers and the learn of documentary movie – the planet, migration, paintings, intercourse, virus, faith, warfare, torture, and surveillance
  • Considers a large range of documentary motion pictures that fall open air common canons, together with foreign and avant-garde documentaries offered in numerous media

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And doesn’t the government bear ultimate responsibility for the Cofán if it has allowed this indigenous group to live in an area not intended for people? So why mount a defense about “safe” levels of oil in water or who owns what, when? From the perspective of the film, such confusing and overlapping arguments constitute further evidence against Chevron. But from another perspective, the claims made by Callejas and other Chevron employees draw attention to the meta-narrative of the film, which is less about oil than about the constitutive, systemic gap between, on the one hand, social responsibility, equality, and justice, and, on the other, the legal and political mechanisms that are in place to address the very real crisis faced by a community that now lives on in the barely concealed sludge of former drill sites.

While Callejas uses numerous tactics to shield Chevron from responsibility for the site, all return ultimately to the question of ownership. Callejas argues that while Fajardo and the plaintiffs make numerous claims, they provide no substantial evidence. Chevron disputes the claim that the water is contaminated by oil, or argues that such contamination as does exist introduces no health risk; they insist that it is impossible to link water contamination to oil that they own (as opposed to oil that might have seeped into river or groundwater from other drill sites or through natural means); and they make numerous legal points in relation to property rights.

As Kathryn Yusoff so clearly sets it: the catastrophe of climate change is excessive and will inscribe all earthly space. It is earth writing writ large (Yusoff, 2009; see also Walker, 24 Juan Francisco Salazar this volume). These profound transformations, which have paved the way for us to conceive of an epoch, the anthropocene, where human intervention has geophysical force, speak of a moment in human history characterized by an agonizing wondering about the future of the planet, our own existence as human beings, and our relationship with “our environment” that is irreversibly changing at an unprecedented scale.

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