posted by user: GIRES || 1505 views || tracked by 1 users: [display]

GIRES_FILM 2021 : Documentary storytelling: a toolbox for analyzing non-fiction narratives


When Jun 6, 2021 - Jun 27, 2021
Where Amsterdam Netherlands
Submission Deadline May 30, 2021
Categories    film   documentary   digital humanities

Call For Papers

Documentary storytelling: a toolbox for analyzing non-fiction narratives

International Workshop

organized by
 GIRES-Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship Global Institute for Research Education & Scholarship  


GIRES Center for Media & Film Studies 

Course Facilitator: Eduardo Rencurrell Díaz, Ph.D 

The Idea

The emergence of new platforms, the dynamics of these production processes, as well as the rise that the gaze towards the real has taken in recent times have given place to a growingly widespread phenomenology of this audiovisual genre. The widespread phenomenology has work in both ways: due to the increase of the production volume, as well as its social consumption and, as the British Scholar, Stella Bruzzi points in a shorter measure in relation to the previous aspects, an increase of theory related to the genre. The social impact of documentary film is key to understand how influential media has become nowadays in the formation and diffusion of different ideologies. The worldview of millions of people in relation with different issues answers exclusively or relatively to media they have consume, where documentary film plays a key role. Thus, documentary film is nowadays an invaluable source of knowledge and information for sociocultural researchers.

The Aim

This workshop aims to provide participants with fundamental knowledge to understand the formal architecture of the documentary film, willing to help them improving their professional practices. Our theoretical-practical approach will guide you through the de-construction of a documentary through various  exercises. The workshop hopes to educate scholars, especially those who work on history and more specifically on oral history – and other theoretical fields of study- so they gain the relevant knowledge that will allow them to create their own documentaries.  GIRES considers the craft of documentary film making to be of high significance for humanities: the preservation of memory, oral testimonies, culture, tradition and history have been crucial for the formation of national identities. Our participants will gain the freedom, through the knowledge of documentary making, to record their own projects and create useful archives for next generations and the historian of the future.

The Outcome

-Understand with a higher level of clarity documentary film narrative

-Analyzing the craft of making a documentary

–Gain the basic knowledge of how to create your own documentary

–Explaining fundamental issues about documentary film theory

–Analyzing documentary film by focusing in narrative elements within a documentary film structure

–Differencing the different typologies of documentary film
-Identifying or conceptualizing the thematic background of a documentary film

-Evaluating the communicative/expressive dimensions of a documentary film

–Developing a documentary film analysis based on a narrative approach

The Program

Thematic 1 (Sunday-June 6, 2021)


The pertinence of documentary film analysis within the research project. The objectives of documentary film analysis. The justification of a documentary film sample. The selection of useful theoretical tools for the analysis. The creation of an observation guide. Verifying results of our personal analysis.  Duration: 3 hours 
Thematic 2 (Sunday-June 13, 2021)


Defining documentary film. Debating about objectivity and subjectivity. Differences from fiction and documentary films. The issue of representing reality. Contemporary polemics about documentary film. The relevance of documentary film for social sciences and humanities researchers. Ways of using documentary film in research. What to understand by documentary storytelling? Which ways is documentary storytelling necessary for socio-cultural researchers? Descriptive approach in documentary film analysis. Advantages and disadvantages. Duration: 3 hours
Thematic 3 (Sunday-June 20, 2021)


Deconstructive approach to documentary film. Possible morphologies. Narrative devices and agents. Analyzing characters, conflict and progression. Identifying structural paradigms. Rhetorical strategies. The use of tropes. The narrative thread and the argumentative lines. Relating images and sounds. The communicative and expressive dimensions of documentary film. Duration: 3 hours  

Thematic 4 (Sunday-June 27, 2021)


Debating about form and content. Bill Nichols representation modalities. The forms of documentary film: direct cinema, testimonial documentary, self-referential documentary, experimental documentary, the docudrama and the reenactment into the documentary, animation documentary. Hermeneutical approach to documentary film: theme, point of view, thesis, objectives, conceptual dimensions, epistemological authority and authorial subjective intervention.  Duration: 3 hours  

Due to the restrictions of Corona Crisis our event (for the time being) will be virtual & Live

Instruction Language: English



ACCREDITATION: Official Certificate Issued by GIRES 
FOR REGISTRATION (through our online application form) & FEES Please visit the workshop's webpage.

Generating dialogue is of primary importance for our scholarly community and thus GIRES wishes to create a friendly and welcoming environment for all of our colleagues and offer all the tools to present their work in the best possible way.

Contact Info: 
Contact Email:


Related Resources

PRO-VE 2024   [PRO-VE 2024][October 28-30][Albi, France] Navigating Unpredictability: Collaborative Networks in Non-linear Worlds
XR Salento 2024   International Conference on eXtended Reality
Multiverse 2024   Multiverse Convention 2024
CSR 2024   7th International Conference on CSR & Sustainable Development
Transgender Science Fiction 2024   Transgender Science Fiction
CSQN 2024   Conditiones sine quibus non.