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India’s Daughter: The Interview

I’d like to use the controversial recent documentary India’s Daughter to discuss the documentary film interview. The film relates the story and fallout surrounding the gang-rape and subsequent death of Jyoti Singh, who was attacked on a bus while returning home from the cinema with a male friend in south Delhi. The incident provoked outrage … Continue reading

These Birds Walk

“First-time directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq intended to make a documentary about Abdul Sattar Edhi, a philanthropist who has opened literally hundreds of facilities for Pakistan’s impoverished citizens; but when Edhi suggested they focus on his work rather than on him, they shifted their focus to an ambulance driver employed at one of his … Continue reading

Conflict, Time, Photography

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/conflict-time-photography The current rise of Instagram over Facebook has enamoured me to some wonderful documentary photographers. Accounts such as everydayasia – in fact, all the everyday accounts – as well as members of the Australian documentary photography collective Oculi, in particular Afghanistan-based Andrew Quilty and Dean Sewell, show that a photograph can be just as powerful as a … Continue reading

Tropical Amsterdam

Tropical Amsterdam is a story about many things. Using the platform of the few remaining Dutch in Sri Lanka, a hangover from colonial times, Alexa Schulz tells a poignant tale of a community on the verge of extinction. Most of the “Burghers” were children during colonial times, and now, as adults, appear to struggle somewhat … Continue reading

Unreliable narrative in documentary film

A few short thoughts: From Monastery to Catwalk: The Miss Tibet Beauty Pageant is a short documentary raising many important issues surrounding Tibetan politics as well as women in Tibet. For all its positives, however, it does nothing to sell Tibetan culture as one that behaves fairly towards women, mostly due to the main character … Continue reading