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    Reader comments on Pinochet's Children

    Subject: The Latin American Documentary
    Date: Oct 15, 2003
    Sender: Randall GniadeckiPrevious | Next

    I recently attended a showing on the campus of Governors State University, just south of Chicago. As a documentary film student I found that the most compelling part of the tale was that those who had lived it took such a laid back attitude toward the time after their struggle. What I found most compelling about the film was the power of many of the images. While studying documentary filmmaking I have come across two distinct philosophies on filming a documentary. The first carries over from other film and broadcasting media, audio is the "A" roll and the video the "B" roll. The second holds that the video in a documentary must be the "A" roll, with the audio and interviews backing up the story told by the pictures. I feel Paula Rodriguez used her video as her "A" roll quite effectively. I feel Mr. Tanzer received the right impression that the past was very faded for the activists. This is a material, and very relevant, view of the Latin American situation and outlook that the filmmaker was communicating. I was very attached to American and International news when this event actually took place and I remember the difference in the way the news organizations handled the strike and revolt. This film shows us that we as Americans often misinterpret foreign attitudes due to our vastly different view of how the world works. This film also shows that there are Filmmakers outside of Hollywood and New York, a sentiment often felt here in Chicago. These filmmakers do not seek our approval; they seek to gain a competitive advantage over the American film industry, which has held back their possibilities of expression in formats more suitable to their native lands.

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    Comment index:

    » The Latin American Documentary «   from Randall Gniadecki, Oct 15, 2003
  • A moving experience   from Paul, Jan 25, 2004
  • Horible   from Karen Gushurst, Apr 26, 2005
  • » The Latin American Documentary «   from Randall Gniadecki, Oct 15, 2003
  • A moving experience   from Paul, Jan 25, 2004
  • Horible   from Karen Gushurst, Apr 26, 2005