The Power of Film
September 25, 2010 Leave a comment
Film is such a powerful medium. It can educate us, enrage us, entertain us…and pretty well push/pull us through all our emotions. When we feel, we are changed. It amazes me that Film and entertainment are still diminished by some as being “light” topics compared to news, science and business. The great power of film was discussed a few days ago in the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in a session entitled, “Reel Impact: The Power of Film to Change Lives.”
In the session, film producer Caroline Baron, the founder and CEO of FilmAid, and filmmaker Lisa Russell, co-founder of MDGFive.com, discussed the impact and life-changing potential film can have on the developing world and vulnerable communities.
Both women were drawn into using film to help achieve social good during the war in Kosovo. Sometimes called the world’s first humanitarian war, Kosovo brought the plight of refugees and those in refugee camps to the public in a way that hadn’t happened with previous wars and conflicts.
Courtesy of Mashable, you got to watch the entire session here:Vodpod videos no longer available.
I applaud all filmmakers for bringing us joy, making us think and teaching us what we really should know about ourselves…and our world. Particularly, I applaud these women for their dedication to ethics, and their determination to form respectful partnerships with the people of the countries they visit, and to treat their subjects with dignity.
These filmmakers and their work are incredibly inspiring.