Reading across cultures towards a comparative documentary film studies: Eduardo Coutinho's documentary Jogo de Cena (2007)

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This article examines Eduardo Coutinho's Jogo de Cena (2007) in relation to documentary spectatorship across cultures. Coutinho s documentary contains numerous culturally specific and localised references amongst the stories told by a cast of women actors. These stories and the figures that relate them make available a number of layers of knowledge production constituting a filmic experience that is multivalent and complex. In considering these complexities and their spectatorship, this article utilises Paul Willemen s notion of comparative film studies as a springboard to begin a closer consideration of what is possible with a combination of Brazilian cultural knowledge and documentary film theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676 - 688
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Arts: a south-north journal of cultural and media studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Brazil
  • comparative film studies
  • Coutinho
  • documentary film

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