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“I Am One of Them” and “They Are My Actors”: Performing, Witnessing, and DV Image-Making in Plebian China

Yiman Wang

in The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028528
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.003.0012
“I Am One of Them” and “They Are My                             Actors”: Performing, Witnessing, and DV Image-Making in                             Plebian China

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This chapter examines “personal” documentaries made with the benefit of DV technology and the redefinition of documentary ethics that proceeds from them by configuring new relationships between the documentary maker and the subjects. It addresses two apparently contradictory statements by personal documentarians—an identificatory “I am one of them” and a theatrical “they are my actors”—to analyze the relations between experiencing, witnessing, and performance.

Keywords: personal documentary; DV technology; documentary ethics; documentary maker; documentary subjects

Chapter.  8574 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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