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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

New voices in nonfiction film
by Green, Susan Leslie, M.A., Prescott College, 2010, 34; 1475955
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the film Sacred Land and the written essay describing the synthesis of traditional documentary film and digital storytelling utilized in its making is to offer a new voice to the genre of nonfiction film. Marginalized cultures, in this case the Hopi and Navajo Native Americans, have been confined in traditional documentary to the third-person interview. The advent of digital storytelling and the availability of digital technologies to the general public permit the inclusion of first-person digital stories in the traditional documentary structure. The essay explores past documentaries and discusses the filmmaker's perspective inherent in the third-person interview. It reviews the history and current application of digital storytelling and compares film methodology to digital storytelling methodology. The film serves as an initial example of the added cultural dimensions that digital stories bring to traditional documentary providing a new voice in nonfiction film.

Key Words: documentary film, digital storytelling, indigenous perspectives, interview techniques, nonfiction film

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Uzumeckis, Eduard
Commitee: Piner, Judie, Stuckey, Priscilla
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 48/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Folklore, Communication
Keywords: Digital storytelling, Documentary film, Filmmaking, Indigenous studies, Interview techniques, Nonfiction film
Publication Number: 1475955
ISBN: 978-1-109-76382-9
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