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a film could be judged as boring or interesting, some say. to judge whether a film is interesting or not involves a number of factors: personal interests, viewers’ concentrating ability, film’s tempo, camera movement, viewing environment, etc. instead of a mixture of objective and subjective conditions, these factors above to a large extent also reflect our own interest-based inclination to choose the films we like.
in terms of judging a documentary, which reflects what exactly happened in our world, “how interest it is" could have been a way to attract people’s attention. but the essence of documentary lies in the importance of the truths being recorded.
in many cases documentaries talk about the life stories of the oppressed. then, how to narrate those marginalized social groups? how to present their own language which, however, was considered trivial and vulgar by the mainstream society? if these oppressed stories have to be edited according to the standard set by the mainstream society, such as coherence and tidiness, the true face of the oppressed would have still remained unseen.
we are not speaking for somebody. instead, we want to let them speak. when we use documentary as a medium, how can we, on the one hand, reach as close as we can to actuality without exposing the oppressed to more violence? how can we make more people understand the truth without over-simplification? embedded in these dilemmas, perhaps, our respect to human beings and to those being filmed becomes the only principle to follow.
as audience, if we go beyond our daily habit to judge a film based on “how interesting it is", maybe we can discover more. The restriction of filming equipment, shooting condition and image quality may exactly reveal the authenticity within and perhaps shows the film maker’s intention to set a balance. presenting the seemingly boring language, the tedious, redundant, fragmented and repetitive expression, to a large extent, is seeing the real human beings, and to show respect to human beings.
true is that, if honesty and respect make the principles of establishing a good relationship between the filmmers and the filmed, they should also be applicable between the audience and those in the films.
this clue includes:
exodus of nowhere – episode 1: the river is wide、exodus of nowhere – episode 2: gamble、exodus of nowhere – episode 3 rondo for the dis/placed、ditching the fear、the thing next door、another life is possible: homage to catalonia II、open road after harvest!