Documentary theorist Bill Nichols proposes that there are six different documentary modes in cinema: the Observational, the Performative, the Poetic, the Expository, the Reflexive, and the Participatory. In our latest Reel Spirituality Podcast series, Avril Speaks and Elijah Davidson are comparing exceptional films particular to these documentary modes in hopes of deciding which mode is best at both exploring and communicating truth.
On this second episode, they compare Godfrey Regio’s visual tone poem Koyannisquatsi with PBS darling Ken Burns’ The Central Park Five. The first episode in this series compares Hoop Dreams with Night and Fog, and the final episode will compare F For Fake with Gates of Heaven. Watch along and let us know which mode you find most truthful.
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