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Rachel Grady: Documentary Film



In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we talk to Rachel Grady – documentary filmmaker of One of Us and Jesus Camp – about the expressive power of documentaries.

While fiction and non-fiction literature are powerful creative tools to explore an issue, documentaries have a unique power to portray communities from the inside. And while these portrayals may be uniquely powerful, they can also be uniquely controversial.

  • What can documentaries achieve that other mediums can’t?
  • How can documentaries help their audiences explore unfamiliar communities?
  • How are documentaries suited to exploring religious communities specifically?

Tune in to hear a conversation on documentary filmmaking, and for Rachel’s recommendations for which documentaries you should watch next.

Rachel Grady is a documentary filmmaker and director. She co-directed the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp, the Emmy-nominated The Boys of Baraka, and the Emmy-winning  DETROPIA, as well as One of Us. Rachel’s films are powerful explorations of under-explored qualities of communities. Rachel joins us to talk about her favorite documentaries.