Ivens. The Camera and I. re agitate-mobilize

“A writer’s problem does not change.  He himself changes, but his problem remains the same.  It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads it” (Ernest Hemingway in Ivans)– I would like to add that militant documentary film has to reach futher.  After informing and moving audiences, it should agitate-mobilize them to become active in connection with the problems shown in the film……A documentary film maker has the sense of participating directly in the world’s most fundamental issues-a sense that is difficult for even the most conscious film maker working in a studio to feel.”  (The Camera and I, pg. 137-138)

2 comments on “Ivens. The Camera and I. re agitate-mobilize

  1. In this particular quote, Joris refers to a quotation by Ernest Hemingway. I also find this quotation by Ernest Hemingway very interesting and true in many ways. Here, Joris is able to assimilate a writer’s problems/ job to a documentary creator’s problems as well. It displays documentaries should engage the audience in what is the truth as well as connected them with the problems in the film.

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