Truth and Power 2: the Ethics of the Documentary Filmmaker
While governments worldwide attempt to undermine the credibility of journalists, filmmakers and groups working to expose their mythmaking, it’s never been more important to safeguard that credibility. Meanwhile, several of the films in our 2017 programme push at the boundaries of standard documentary ethics. Filmmakers drawn to compelling subjects are often obliged to meet difficult topics head on, while juggling their ethical responsibility to the individuals involved. In this second of two connected strands, we consider the dilemma facing filmmakers who risk their integrity to deal with contentious issues.