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Challenge for Change

Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada

by (author) Thomas Waugh, Michael Brendan Baker & Ezra Winton

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2010
Category
General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780773536623
    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price
    $44.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780773536630
    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price
    $37.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780773585270
    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

Pioneering participatory, social change-oriented media, the program had a national and international impact on documentary film-making, yet this is the first comprehensive history and analysis of its work. The volume’s contributors study dozens of films produced by the program, their themes, aesthetics, and politics, and evaluate their legacy and the program’s place in Canadian, Québécois, and world cinema. An informative and nuanced look at a cinematic movement, Challenge for Change reemphasizes not just the importance of the NFB and its programs but also the role documentaries can play in improving the world.

About the authors

Thomas Waugh is the award-winning author or co-author of numerous books, including five for Arsenal Pulp Press: Out/Lines, Lust Unearthed, Montreal Main: A Queer Film Classic (with Jason Garrison), Comin' At Ya! (with David L. Chapman) and Gay Art: A Historic Collection (with Felix Lance Falkon). His other books include Hard to Imagine, The Fruit Machine, and The Romance of Transgression. He teaches film studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he lives. He has published widely on political discourses and sexual representation in film and video, on lesbian and gay film and video, and has more recently undertaken interdisciplinary research and teaching on AIDS. He is also the founder and former coordinator of the Minor Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at Concordia.

In addition to the titles below, Thomas is also co-editor (with Matthew Hays) of the Queer Film Classics series.

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