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Imagining Impact: Documentary Film and the Production of Political Effects


The title of this blog is actually pulled from a fine essay by filmmaker and friend Meg McLagan, published in her anthology titled Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Non-Governmental Activism, published in 2012 by Zone Books.  If you’re interested in the nexus of politics and art and activism, I highly recommend this book.  For you filmmakers out there, here is a quote from the essay: “The structural transformation of long-form documentary in the last decade has reshaped its capacity for political intervention, the types of claims it makes, and the forms through which it makes them. One can see this as part of the broader reconstitution of politics and media that has taken place across a variety of domains, driven in part by developments in digital technologies.”

Paco de Onís

Paco is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of Skylight, a human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through storytelling by creating documentary films and media tools that can applied in long-term strategies for positive social change.

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