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This article discusses how the role of emotion in cognition can be explored through documentary form, as exemplified by the work of the late Dutch film-maker Van der Keuken. We argue that his work anticipates and supports recent developments within cognitive and phenomenological accounts
of documentary. The article argues that Van der Keuken's work transcends a facile culture/nature divide, while remaining socially and politically committed.
Studies in Documentary Film is the first refereed scholarly journal devoted to the history, theory, criticism and practice of documentary film. In recent years we have witnessed an increased visibility for documentary film through conferences, the success of general theatrical releases and the re-emergence of scholarship in documentary film studies.