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Gorham A Kindem <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 14 Oct 1992 07:39:00 EDT
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If you are also considering documentary recording in general
not just news reporting, then I'm sure that you have already
looked at Mitch Block's film "No Lies," as well as cogent
discussions of direct cinema/cinema verite filmmakers'
treatments of victims of sexual assault, such as Vivian
Sobchack's article on "No Lies," which was published in
the Journal of Film and Video a number of years ago and
also appears in Alan Rosenthals anthology on Documentary.
While this film is "pseudo" verite, it raises a number of
important issues concerning documentary ethics.  I think that
No Lies is also used as a point of discussion for victims of
sexual assault, although it is a disturbing film that seems
to victimize the viewer while re-victimizing the sexual
assault victim.  While I use this film regularly in my
documentary film class to provoke a discussion of ethics
and direct cinema/cinema verite, I always do so with a
warning that viewers may find the film disturbing and that
they may exit at any time they feel so inclined.  Hap Kindem