The Year Of The Documentary

It’s clear now that we are in the midst of a documentary boom, says Geoff Pevere, and the more controversial, the better. So what’s driving the rush to fact-based films? Well, technology has made such films a lot easier to make than they used to be. The world is a polarized and dangerous place at the moment, which whets the appetite for information. And the Bush administration, with its constant attempts to “manage” information, has certainly made a certain sector of the populace thirst for alternative knowledge. “One more thing: When [documentaries] work, they can knock you flat on your ass.”