Appropriation. Respect. Representation. Artistic freedom. Authenticity. Immersion. Socially engaged cinema. The decolonized gaze. Empathy. Equality. These are all familiar words in Quebec filmmaking practice. Encountering the “other” as part of an artistic process can open our (and others’) eyes and provide different perspectives on cultures. But it also reveals the privilege gap that can separate observer from observed.
As we re-examine our own behaviours in light of these questions, we’ll also look at ways to contribute to democratizing access to film production methods. How can we make sure that a greater number of voices is heard, and that stories continue to multiply? And what is the role of funding, distribution, and broadcasting organizations?
Larissa Christoforo, executive director of Coalition M.É.D.I.A. and doctoral student in film studies at Université de Montréal
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