Introducing Interactive Documentary in the Context of Critical Media Education
This paper provides an overview of my doctoral research project, concerning the educational uses of interactive documentary. It also discusses the pedagogical possibilities and limitations of Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker, which is a web application for the creation of interactive stories and consists the main tool for my fieldwork, involving young people in a series of workshops with the aim to produce their own interactive documentaries.
My research is theoretically anchored to the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and is aligned with the model of Critical Media Education. My research questions investigate the ways in which young people engage with interactive documentaries and the potential of such practices to raise critical consciousness, as defined by Freire (1970). Gifreu (2012) sees interactive documentary as a medium that offers ‘experiences that combine an entertainment with a didactic and/or educational dimension’, however its position within Critical Media Education has not been yet discussed.