Oral History and Film

Brooklyn-based writer Suzanne Snider has compiled a wonderful list of films that make use of oral history. One of those films is “Shoah,” the trailer for which is above. As Suzanne writes about the list on her website:

“The distinction between these ‘oral history films’ and other documentaries is a fragile one: the films must use oral history strategies. Student should be able to recognize, in these films, the kinds of qualities that distinguish an oral history approach from a journalistic approach. Alternately, the film may be one project/byproduct of an oral history archive or effort. This is how I’m defining it for the sake of my list.”

Take a look at Suzanne’s website, which has information on her writing, oral history projects, other audio projects, and more.