EVAN ROSEN – READING RESPONSE 5

This week I read a passage from Bill Nichols’, “Why Are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking”. Nichols first describes the two types of films that there are. He explains how there can be documentaries of wish-fulfillment, and there can also be documentaries of social representations. The two types both tell stories, but the stories are different kinds. Nichols goes on to explain how Documentaries really represent others. The concept of representation is the reason we ask the question of why ethical issues are central to documentary filmmaking? For Non-fiction, or documentary, people are treated as social actors, they continue to conduct there lives more or less as they would have done without a camera in there face at all times. In Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl constructs a picture to the world where Adolf Hitler is actually a god send, and a very helpful person. This is relevant to our class because, we learn about documentaries, it is a type of media that I think is very cool. We also watched clips from this movie today in class. Learning about how they portrayed Hitler was an eye-opener to how Propaganda worked. I can kind of relate because in class while watching this film I was truly baffled, because as a Jew I certainly do not like Hitler, but the way the documentary was put together, I would have never guessed that Hitler was the man that he was, killing millions of people for no apparent reason.