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The Cinema of Me: The Self and Subjectivity in First Person Documentary

 

Alisa Lebow (Editor), Michael Renov (Preface)
Paperback: 288 pages  
Publisher: Wallflower Press (May 29, 2012)  
Language: English
From the Interior: Space, Time and Queer Discursivity in
Kamal Aljafari’s The Roof by Peter Limbrick, p.98-117. In The Cinema of Me, Alisa Lebow. Columbia University Press 2012

 
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When a filmmaker makes a film with herself as a subject, she is already divided as both the subject matter of the film and the subject making the film. The two senses of the word are immediately in play -- the matter and the maker -- thus the two ways of being subjectified as both subject and object. Subjectivity finds its filmic expression, not surprisingly, in very personal ways, yet it is nonetheless shaped by and in relation to collective expressions of identity that can transform the cinema of 'me' into the cinema of 'we'. Leading scholars and practitioners of first-person film are brought together in this groundbreaking collection to consider the theoretical, ideological, and aesthetic challenges wrought by this form of filmmaking in its diverse cultural, geographical, and political contexts.