Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shock Value in Documentaries: Too Far or Not Far Enough?

From the tightened security at the door to moderator Nick Fraser's bluntly ominous litmus test for remaining in the room, this 90-minute discussion about sensitive material and documentary ethics certainly wasn't for the timid. Even after the warning, everyone stayed put for the panel entitled "Watching What We Say: Censorship and Freedom of Expression in Documentary," which took place last week at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. Fraser fostered a free exchange between panelists and audience members—a climate defined not by fear but by honest debate. Filmmakers Respond to the Threat of Censorship While hot-button films like "Citizenfour" and "Going Clear" were...

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