The Subtle Voice of Persuasion in Documentary Film

by Peter D. Marshall

This article is from SBCC Film Reviews.

“Webster’s dictionary says a documentary film presents facts objectively, without editorializing or inserting fictional matter (“documentary”). But we also know that “one man’s truth is another man’s bias.” So, while the goal of every documentary filmmaker is to inform or teach their audience about a specific idea or subject that represents some form of truth, a bias begins almost the moment the film is conceived. Which means the true definition of documentary film is re-envisioned each time a new film project is undertaken. The film would not be created if the director did not have a vision in mind from the start, and thus from mere intention to make the film, the director inserts personal opinions that shape the film and its ultimate presentation.” Read rest of article here.

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