"Gleaners" and "waste": The post-issue/advocacy documentary

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Issue/advocacy filmmaking has changed significantly in recent decades. Many modern documentary filmmakers have no problem placing themselves within their films, even when those films are not necessarily about them. A few filmmakers have gone even further, however, using the "issue" as merely a starting-off point, sometimes leaving it behind completely, a practice that has resulted in a new era, or at least a subgenre or trend, that might be called the "post-issue/advocacy" documentary. This new type of documentary is illustrated through a comparison of two recent films - Agnès Varda's The Gleaners and I and Lucy Walker's Waste Land.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-135
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Popular Film and Television
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2013


  • Documentary film
  • Issue/ advocacy
  • Michael Moore
  • The Gleaners and I
  • Waste Land


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