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“You take the principles of Verité; I wanted to do the opposite!” (Errol Morris)
The evolution of ‘Documentary’ has shifted curiously through the twentieth century and into the twenty first. First coined as a term in the 1920s the genre of filmmaking has gone through many transitions and changes and has taken many turns and changes creating what Bill Nichols theorises as the “family tree”, Paul Rotha as “the evolution of documentary” and Erik Barnouw’s “genealogy of sorts”. Rules and traditions have been attempted to be ascribed to documentary throughout its course.