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The Documentary Film
A discussion on documentary films and Bill Nichols' system of modes.
# 115497 | 1,301 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 24, 2009 in Film (Documentary)

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The paper discusses the value of Bill Nichols' system of documentary modes and outlines the "Poetic Mode", "The Observational Mode", and "The Participatory Mode". The paper shows how not all of his modes fit exactly into a neat category. The paper also explains why viewers place faith in documentaries, more so than other formats and then shows why a good, ethical documentary can engender tangible change.

The Value of Nichols' System of Documentary Modes
Why Viewers Place Faith in Documentaries - More So than Other Formats
The Assumption is that a Good, Ethical Documentary can "Engender Tangible Change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ebert, Roger. 2005. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan / Bob Dylan: Reluctant Icon. Retrieved April 20, 2008, from
  • Massachusetts School of Law. 2006. The Future of Food: What Every Person Should Know withDeborah Garcia. Retrieved April 20, 2008, from
  • Nichols, Bill. 2001. Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

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