Documentary performances usually take the stance of objectivity and critical distance. But sometimes this is not the case. Live from the Front is a performance of Jerry Quickley's embodied experience of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Quickley's account of “Shock and Awe” as a slam poet-turned-unembedded reporter for Pacifica Radio subverts the idea of documentary objectivity, opening up new ways to get at the “truth.”

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