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Who Tells the Story?

Who Tells the Story?

Joan Churchill, Alan Barker
United States
2023
24 min
International Premiere
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Synopsis

Three leading activist artists—legendary cinematographer and activist Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool), Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) and world renowned photojournalist Susan Meiselas—exchange ideas about the differences between fact and fiction, and the ethics of filming another person.

The irresolvable and increasingly escalatory discussion centers on questions such as: What is truth? Who is telling the story? Whose story is it? Sauper claims that a documentary is generally thought to be a narrative that is free of fiction. Fiction may be perceived as false, but sometimes it’s fiction that contains the truth. “When you shoot something through the lens, it’s your view, it’s your fiction, your story,” says Wexler.

Sauper has had to contend with a hate campaign initiated by the president of Tanzania, who regarded his footage of arms trafficking and prostitution as falsifications. Meiselas has never been misunderstood in this way. In the 1980s, she was the intrepid photographer of a massacre in El Salvador. “Nobody would ever say that was fiction,” she points out. Their off-the-cuff shots of their lively discussions at the kitchen table are intercut with scenes from their films and photographs.

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Credits
24 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Joan Churchill,
    Alan Barker
    Joan Churchill,
    Alan Barker
Production
    Joan Churchill for Duck in a Tree Inc.,
    Joan Churchill
    Joan Churchill for Duck in a Tree Inc.,
    Joan Churchill
Cinematography
    Joan Churchill
    Joan Churchill
Editing
    Mark Brewer
    Mark Brewer
Sound
    Alan Barker
    Alan Barker
Screening copy
    Joan Churchill
    Joan Churchill

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