- x, 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-284) and index.Introduction -- Renaissance? -- Planet -- Road -- School -- Farm -- Edge -- Concluding remarks.Summary: "'Vivre Ici' invites the reader on a journey through the vast viewing landscape of contemporary French documentary film, a genre that has experienced a renaissance in the past 20 years. The films explored are connected not just by a general interest in engaging the "real," but by a particular attention to French space and place. From farms and wild places to roads, schools, and urban edgelands, these films explore the spaces of the everyday and the human and non-human experiences that unfold within them. Through a critical approach that integrates phenomenology, film theory, eco-criticism and cultural history, Levine investigates the notion of documentary as experience. She asks how and why, in the contemporary media landscape, these films seek to avoid argumentation and instead, give the viewer a feeling of "being there""--