Who is poorer…documentary filmmaker or the subject?

Posted by Kaahon Desk On August 30, 2015

Talking about the allegation that documentary films exploit the misery of the people as subject, Amitabh Chakraborty stresses that one cannot possibly deal in moral absolutes. Firstly, in our country, a documentary filmmaker’s job is hardly considered economically lucrative; so the question of economic exploitation hardly makes any sense. Furthermore, the filmmaking process is not possible without a clear understanding between the camera and the subject. While a documentary filmmaker is certainly performing a necessary function, there’s no need to go ahead and assume all the responsibilities. Furthermore, he also describes how he considers the entire process of filmmaking to be a series of moral negotiations within a societal trope. Producer Putul Mahmood comments that victimhood is not really an all encompassing and permanent position; its relative and also shifting.

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