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The Cove – Think About Your Audience First

Posted 27 Aug 2010 — by contributor
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Corey Birkhofer

The Cove, USA, 2009

Directed by Louie Psihoyos

Documentary: one could argue it has become the most accepted form of news gathering and truth. Though documentary filmmaking built its momentum slowly through the ’60s and ’70s, now, as we head into the second decade of the 2000s, it has become more than just another genre, but rather a mainstay and mainstream form of expressing non-fiction topics to an audience that no longer trusts the information dished out by the major media networks.

man and dolphins

For me personally, documentary has the power to tell the truth, and this is a power that should be respected and not abused. So what happens when you take activist groups like Sea Shepherd and put the camera in their hands to go to a small coastal village in Japan and tell the story of dolphins being annually massacred? I would say you have set the stage to share an unknown and dirty truth to the rest of the world, and as such, the film you make should be held to the highest degree of integrity, dignity and, above all else, truth.

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