Sunday, January 31, 2010

Colonialism, Racism, and Representation

Films are unavoidably constructs, fabrications, and representations of reality. It is improbable to argue that the idea of the “real” in digital filmmaking is a blurry line. The directors job is to take things that exist in physical space and interpret them into a viewing experience. As the viewer, one can not smell, hear, or feel what the director was during the time the event originally existed.

It is impossible to avoid criticism about being unfriendly to a certain genre of society. Racism for example, is a hot topic of our current times. There are going to be films made that target this specific issue. Within our generation, we have first hand experience at what it feels like the have racism as a part of our everyday lives. Therefore, it is a relatable subject in which audiences search venues such as movie theatres to help distinguish the “real,” and “unreal.”

There is a baseline respect that every human being should pay each other. All prejudices should be tossed aside so that one can completely understand the world to the fullest of their ability. As for political propaganda, it is necessary that it all be disposed of as soon as possible. There is not enough truth and trust in politics for one to rely on its message. The same respect should also be shared to the role of women in films. The equality of all subjects in film will turn an argument of biases into an understanding of work completed. If your motive is to make a statement or to make money it is not difficult to target an audience that feels more emotions towards your film. You must simply fill them with relatable subjects and views to the audience you are catering. It is the responsibility of the director to take charge of the responsibility film gives them.

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