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Documenting violence: an ethical test in non-fiction cinema

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Ethical issues in documentary filmmaking stem from its belonging not only to the history of cinema but also to documentary media. While the difference between documentary filmmaking and journalism is apparent in a more reflective, deliberate, and author’s vision of reality, its difference from the feature film in the age of hybridization of genres is often less noticeable. The problem point where documentary filmmaking still differs from feature films is the depiction of scenes of real non-simulated violence and death. Addressing the ideas of Vertov, Bazin, and Sontag, we will try to consider how documentary filmmaking managed to solve the problem of ethical display of violence and death on the screen at different times.


Oleksandr Teliuk

film historian and head of the film archive at the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre

He co-curated the VUFKU: Lost & Found (2019) and Cry! Call! Burn! (2020) exhibitions at Dovzhenko Centre’s Film Museum, as well as numerous film screenings at the Odesa International Film Festival, the Molodist International Film Festival in Kyiv, the 86 International Film and Urbanism Festival, the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and others. He co-compiled the publications Film Revision of Donbas (2017, 2018), (In)visible Chornobyl (2017), The Anthology of Ukrainian Film Criticism of the 1920s (2018-2021).

DOCU/CLASS: Which films do we watch?

The lectures will help you dive deep into the history of documentary cinema, explore the special features of narrative construction, the characteristics of the relations between the filmmaker and the protagonist, and learn about the current trends.