Marie Michael Library

Title

Constructing Reality: The Politics of Truth

Length

73 min.

File No

267

Format

VHS; NFB.

Description

Series of six videos and manual. This series compiles excerpts of Canadian archival and contemporary documentary films for the purpose of studying the conventions, the techniques, the power and the social impact of this form of communication. Includes a resource book with film descriptions, background notes, interviews with filmmakers, technical notes and terminology.  This video deals with conventions of authenticity, the creation of propaganda, the status of docudramas with their mix of fact and fiction and the biases involved in the construction of television news programs. They are particularly relevant issues in light of the growth of "reality-based" television offerings, docudramas, "infotainment", and the increasing proportion of people who receive their information and view of the world from broadcast news. National Film Board (NFB).