Sue Curry Jansen’s article reflects on several other works by scholars regarding human rights and social justice issues. Plus, she begins her introduction with specific dates relating to the origination of the topic of social justice advocacy. The movements of the past have combined with the youth of today, as the work of documentary activism around the world has exploded through social media sources. She even quotes the social documentarian Robert Coles in her introduction, talking about the filmmakers responsibilities towards “interrogating their own locations”.  I found the quote, right after the mentioning of Coles’ work, “partnerships also require recognition that some boundaries between people may be impermeable and that good intentions do not necessarily produce good outcomes”. (Jansen, p. 3) I believe this statement reiterates the ongoing conversations we have in class concerning the difficulties of a documentarian’s filmic choices. Producing a truthful and accurate representation of a subject matter is the main goal of any documentary. For what purpose are these documentaries made for? Documentary work and social justice activism in our modern world collide with many complex obstacles, for example: representing the lives of others without affecting them negatively during the filming process.


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