Interactive documentary is still an emerging field that eludes concise definitions or boundaries. Grounded in practice-based research, this collection seeks to expand the sometimes exclusionary field, giving voice to scholars and practitioners working outside the margins.

Editors Kathleen M. Ryan and David Staton have curated a collection of chapters written by a global cohort of scholars to explore the ways that interactive documentary as a field of study reveals an even broader reach and definition of humanistic inquiry itself. The contributors included here highlight how emerging digital technologies, collaborative approaches to storytelling, and conceptualizations of practice as research facilitate a deeper engagement with the humanistic inquiry at the center of documentary storytelling, while at the same time providing agency and voice to groups typically excluded from positions of authority within documentary and practice-based research, as a whole. This collection represents a key contribution to the important, and vocal, debates within the field about how to avoid replicating colonial practices and privileging.

This is an important book for practice-based researchers as well as advanced-level media and communication students studying documentary media practices, interactive storytelling, immersive media technologies, and digital methodologies.

part One|62 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Agency Through Co-Creation

Interactive Documentary as Decolonizing Practice
ByKathleen M. Ryan, David Staton

chapter 2|18 pages

Interactive Documentary

Its History and Future as a Polyphonic Form
ByJudith Aston, Stefano Odorico

chapter 3|7 pages

Choose Your Own Generation

Interactive LGBTQ+ Narratives From South Asian Families
ByAashish Kumar, Tammy Rae Matthews, Tammy Rae Matthews

chapter 4|18 pages

Documentary Impact

A Framework for Analyzing Engagement Strategies Used in I-docs
ByCarles Sora-Domenjó, Anandana Kapur

part Two|36 pages


chapter 5|13 pages

Democratizing Documentary and Interactive Social Media Practices

ByGino Canella

chapter 6|7 pages

An Outsider Approach to Cinematography

Native Representation, Breaking the Norms, and Finding New Ways to Explore Indigenous Spaces
ByMalek Rasamny, Matt Peterson, Rania Al Namara, Rania Al Namara

part Three|46 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Interactive Multispecies Documentary Methods in Wretched Waters

The Slow Violence of the Rio Doce Disaster
ByIsabelle Carbonell

chapter 9|10 pages

On Histories of Dispersal, the Missing Pictures, and Ways of Knowing

The Artist's Space Redefined for a Plural Art Practice
ByAlexandra Sophia Handal, Rania Al Namara, Rania Al Namara

chapter 10|19 pages

Decolonizing Transmedia Practices

An Essay on Editing
ByAnita Wen-Shin Chang

part Four|40 pages


chapter 11|15 pages

Between Self and Other

Propositions for Non-Dualistic Research on VR
ByEva Theunissen, Paolo Silvio Harald Favero

chapter 12|7 pages

Beyond Technology's Promise

Building Trust, Owning Narrative, Self-Authorship, and the Power of Storytelling!
ByJoel Kachi Benson, Rania Al Namara, Rania Al Namara

chapter 13|16 pages

Desert Stars

Effectuation and Co-Creation in a Research-Creation I-doc
ByAndré Paz, Felipe Carrelli

part Five|47 pages

Expanding Boundaries

chapter 14|17 pages

Guerrilla Archaeology and Ancient Aliens

Countering the Mediascapes of Stigmatized Knowledge
ByJeb J. Card, Leighton C. Peterson

chapter 15|8 pages

Responding to Tension

ByTessa Ratuszynska, Tammy Rae Matthews, Tammy Rae Matthews

chapter 16|9 pages

In the Light of Memory

ByDiego Cerna Aragon

chapter 17|11 pages

Expanding Boundaries, Indigenous, and Migrant Cartographies

Counter-Mapping the International Relations of the Odeimin Runners Club
ByDebbie Ebanks Schlums, Adrian Kahgee, Rebeka Tabobondung