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Secrets and Lies

I shall be in HSB 352 at 8 pm tonight to watch this documentary called the Secrets and Lies over the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. I came to know about the screening of this doc through smail (one of those rare occasions when smail is useful πŸ™‚ ).

A problem with most documentary films is that they are biased. The film maker almost always knows what (s)he wants to show/project and then goes ahead and shoots the film. I don’t recall watching any doc, which left it on the viewers to decide what was good and what was bad.

The reason I like watching documentaries is slightly different. I see them to figure out what all inputs went into it’s making so that in spite of being a documentary it proved to be an interesting watch. I look at docs from a film-maker’s point of view. I notice the effort and details and the presentation. I look at it as a form of art. I think, some day I could be making one too.

PS: The doc was good, touching and as always, one-sided. The students who were there to watch it, entered into a discussion after the movie was over. It was nice. At one point it was like myself talking to everyone else. Lol, I talked about risk management and mitigation, and this and that. Such informal group discussions are nice. I almost always end up answering everyone. πŸ™‚

7 replies on “Secrets and Lies”

what conflict of thoughts!
second para you say “A problem with most documentary films is that they are biased.”
third para you call it “a form of art”
what good is it to learn from a “biased” “form of art”?
your (f)art would also be equally biased!
how does it matter what inputs went in if it was only to manipulate the audience?

you are trying to justify the time you wasted in watching bad documentaries by claiming to have seen it from “the film-maker’s point of view”!

How much self shag will you put in a post da?!

“I think, some day I could be making one too.”
little less conversation, little more action please.

@Nimit

One thing is for sure. I will be having my miniDV camera next semester.

And the one minute movie can wait. We have time.

@Naresh

You interpret it wrong when you use the term ‘biased form of art’. The art aspect was not about biasing. The art was to make it interesting. That’s all I meant.

So, I see them not to learn some biased form or art, but to learn what are the inputs which make something interesting to watch even when you know all the while that it is interesting.

On a different note, manipulating is also an art (albeit of a different kind). You might not want to learn it. A lot of others might not want to learn it. But some might. For example, I would like to. And in that case, inputs will matter to me. Won’t they?

About the self shag. Some also call it blogshit. πŸ˜› Phres of course.

And about the action, oh yes, sure. Soon. These days, busy with real action. The running action. πŸ˜€

>>>I see them to figure out what all inputs went into itÒ€ℒs making so that in spite of being a documentary it proved to be an interesting watch. I look at docs from a film-makerÒ€ℒs point of view. I notice the effort and details and the presentation. I look at it as a form of art. I think, some day I could be making one too.

is there anything that you NOT want to do?
PS: Mugging or other academic activities do not come under the heading ‘thing’.

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