Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos - by Lilya Kaganovsky & Scott MacKenzie & Anna Westerstahl Stenport (Paperback)
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"About the Book 1. This is the first book to explore the history of the creation of documentary cinema in and about the global Arctic region from Nanook of the North to the present day. It addresses key issues facing the study of Arctic documentary moving images, both those made in the Global North and those that, for various reasons, appropriate the North for their own aesthetic, cultural, or political ends. 2. Lilya Kaganovsky is a returning IU Press authors whose previous edited collection has won major awards. Scott Mackenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport are experts on Arctic cinemas who have also published widely. 3. IU Press publishes the main textbook in documentary film studies by Bill Nichols. This title is the first in the pipeline of a group of titles that will build up IUP's documentary studies offerings with cutting edge monographs and edited collections. Book Synopsis Beginning with Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North (1922), the majority of films that have been made in, about, and by filmmakers from the Arctic region have been documentary cinema. Focused on a hostile environment that few people visit, these documentaries have heavily shaped ideas about the contemporary global Far North. In Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos, contributors from a variety of scholarly and artistic backgrounds come together to provide a comprehensive study of Arctic documentary cinemas from a transnational perspective. This book offers a thorough analysis of the concept of the Arctic as it is represented in documentary filmmaking, while challenging the notion of The Arctic as a homogenous entity that obscures the environmental, historical, geographic, political, and cultural differences that characterize the region. By examining how the Arctic is imagined, understood, and appropriated in documentary work, the contributors argue that such films are key in contextualizing environmental, indigenous, political, cultural, sociological, and ethnographic understandings of the Arctic, from early cinema to the present. Understanding the role of these films bes all the more urgent in the present day, as conversations around resource extraction, climate change, and sovereignty take center stage in the Arctic's representation. Review Quotes Highly rmended.-- ""Choice"" About the Author Lilya Kaganovsky is Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature, and Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is author of How the Soviet Man was Unmade and The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1928-1935. Scott MacKenzie is Associate Professor of Film and Media, Queen's University. His books include: Cinema and Nation (with Mette Hjort); Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures; and (with Anna Westerstahl Stenport) Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Anna Westerstahl Stenport is Professor and Chair of the School of Modern Languages at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is editor of (with Scott MacKenzie) Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic, and (with Lill-Ann Körber and Scott MacKenzie) Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Polar Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene and author of Nordic Film Classics: Lukas Moodysson's 'Show Me Love'."

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