In this post-truth world of Trump and Bretix, where the closing down of language and the simplification of political knowledge is leading the world down a dystopian path where ‘“the viewer can no longer “recognize” the link between the simulated performance and the “original” performance”’ (Dunham 2015). A world where “all subject matter is presented as entertaining” (cited in Dunham 2015). In this world we need to ask to what extent is documentary relevant, a world where rational, scientific evidence is questioned, and rejected by ideological rhetoric. The problem with documentary is its claims of truth and sobriety. Post-documentary can offer radical interrogations and alternative perspectives without the need to form opinion and abject answers, it can claim to work from a place of myth and affect, with a goal of mediation rather than exposition.
Extract from Halfway to Paradise: Documenting people and place, fictional constructs and considerations for post-documentary, PhD thesis by K.
Dunham, R. 2015, ‘The Murder of the Illusion’, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (IJBS), vol. 12, no. 1.