The Role of Documentary in a Post-Truth Era
With some conceptual variations, documentary cinema has historically been understood as the realm of non-fiction. Some dimensions that have defined and continue to define the making and study of documentary cinema are the notions of reality, experience, and truth. As well as some other dimensions such as dialogue, society, and art. Based on these notions and these dimensions, how can we discuss documentary cinema in a post-truth era?
Photographer, visual artist, and visual arts researcher, her work has been exhibited in Latin America and Europe. Her current research interest explores the image and the public sphere from the relationship between artistic practices and the politics of images. She holds a PhD in visual poetics from ECA-USP with the dissertation “Art Occupation, Artistic Practices, and The Invention of Modes of Organization”, an MA in Art Theory from CEART/UDESC with the thesis “Robert Frank and The Operation of Montage in The Field of Art”, a specialization degree in Photography as a Research Tool in the Social Sciences from UCAM, an advanced degree from the International Center of Photography – ICP, NY/USA and from the Prague Film and Photography School, in the Czech Republic. She is currently a partner at Miradas Publishing and the Platform “Community, Image, and The Public Sphere”.
Maíra Bühler is a director and screenwriter. Her latest film, “Diz a Ela Que Me Viu Chorar” has toured the main documentary festivals around the world, won the Best Film award of the international section at the Olhar de Cinema IFF, Special Jury Award at the Havana Festival, best Ibero-American film at the Uruguayan International Film Festival, Labrary Prize at Cinéma Du Reel, among others. Maíra is also the director of the film “A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos” (2014) which premiered at the FiD – Marseille IFF; the documentary “Ela Sonhou Que Eu Morri” (2011), winner of the award for Best Direction at the Paulínia Festival and in Chile at the FICVIÑA; and “Elevado 3.5”, winner of the Brazilian competition section at It’s All True. As a screenwriter, she worked with directors such as Anna Muylaert, Cao Hamburger, Marcelo Caetano, Beatriz Seigner, Armando Bo, and Matias Mariani, with whom she worked together on the film “Cidade Pássaro” (2020) which premiered at the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.
Professor in the undergraduate course in Cinema and Audiovisual and in the Master’s Course in Film and Video Arts, both at Unespar. Co-leader of the Cinecriare research group (Unespar/CNPq). Member of the Thematic Seminar Filmmakers Theory at Socine and the Workgroup Theory of Filmmakers at AIM. He has published articles in magazines such as Cine Documental, Aniki, Doc Online, Interin, and Cognitio. He is one of the organizers for the book series “Teoria dos Cineastas” (Vols.1, 2 and 3) and the book “Cineastas do Paraná: Primeiros Tempos”. His filmography includes “A Alma do Gesto” (2020), “João & Maria” (2016), and “Santa Teresa” (2014).
Fábio Rodrigues Filho
Fábio Rodrigues Filho works with film criticism, research, programming, and directing. PhD candidate in communication at UFMG, he holds a master’s degree from the same university and a BA from UFRB. Member of the groups Poetics of Experience and Africa in the Arts. He directed the film “Tudo Que É Apertado Rasga” (2019). Member of the selection committee in several festivals and exhibitions, such as CachoeiraDoc (2020), FestCurtas BH (2019 to 2021), FIANb (2020 and 2021), Goiânia Mostra Curtas (2022), among others. He is a film club organizer and film poster designer.
Larissa Nepomuceno is a filmmaker, documentarian, screenwriter, and researcher. A member of APAN, she holds a BA in Cinema from the European Center and a Master’s degree in Education from UFPR. Her interests include identity issues, human rights, and representation of women in cinema. Her documentaries “Megg – A Margem que Migra para o Centro” (2018) and “Seremos Ouvidas” (2020) enjoyed a successful run at festivals, amassing over 20 awards. She is developing a documentary series and is in pre-production for her new film.