In the early 1920s, Soviet pioneer of documentary film and montage Dziga Vertov exclaimed, “Long live life, as it is!” The slogan emphasizes the importance of the ‘real’ while it casts doubts about its nature. The claims of authenticity and truth in documentary have since been contested. Propaganda and disinformation have elicited distrust and fostered media literacy. This crisis of the documentary practice and its uncertainty has fuelled artists to seek modes of ‘fictionalized’ realities that prompt self-awareness and analysis, rather than claim ‘objective’ truth.
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