Elena Oroz

Writer, teacher and programmer; co-founder, Blogs&Docs

Spain

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, The

1971

Stan Brakhage

Aguaespejo granadino

1955

José Val del Omar

David Holzman's Diary

1968

Jim McBride

I, a Negro

1959

Jean Rouch

Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975

Chantal Akerman

Man with a Movie Camera

1929

Dziga Vertov

Reassemblange

T. Minh-ha Trinh

Rubios, Los

2003

Albertina Carri

Sans Soleil

1982

Chris Marker

Seasons of the Year, The

1975

Artavazd Pelechian

Comments

As a teacher and writer on non-fiction, my personal engagement with cinema has to do not only with visual pleasure but also with epistephilia. So the following list is a highly subjective one, composed of ten great films – most are documentaries that not only fascinated me but also made me think, and still doi, about the realm of the real and its cinematographic interrogation. Each one, in its own way, combines risk and passion, formal experimentation and the commitment of pushing and expanding the limits of the cinematographic language. Since the history of cinema is a (hopefully) never-ending story, a continuous work, or revision and rewriting, I would like to add a recent production, a number 11 to suggest the openness character of history and the eye we should have to the future. For its experimentation with digital technology, its auto-ethnography vocation, and its lyrical qualities, I choose Dress Rehearsal for Utopia by Andrés Duque (2012) as the extra movie for this ongoing celebration of cinema.

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