Jacques Ranciere’s “Documentary Fiction: Marker and the Fiction of Memory”

Provoked by Elisabeth Subrin’s Shulie, a shot for shot recreation of an obscure documentary 30 years later, and which was exhibited as part of Cineworks’s After School Special, December’s meeting will feature Jacques Ranciere’s essay “Documentary Fiction: Marker and the Fiction of Memory.” Says Ranciere in the introduction to Film Fables, the book from which this essay is drawn, “The privilege of the so-called documentary film is that it is not obliged to create the feeling of the real, and this allows it to treat the real as a problem and to experiment more freely with the variable games of action and life, significance and insignificance.” Subrin’s faux documentary exploits exactly this space between fiction and history by using historical documents to make pointed reference to contemporary feminist concerns, and Ranciere’s essay makes a compelling argument for how and why this is possible.

reading Jacques Ranciere’s “Documentary Fiction: Marker and the Fiction of Memory”
Cineworks [1131 Howe, back lane entrance], Vancouver BC
09 December 2008, 18:00

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