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The truth hurts. However, sometimes it inspires inspiration, fear, sadness, humor, or whatever emotions in between.
Documentary is based on real life, real people and events as the object of expression. With the truth it makes people think. The birth of film began with the creation of documentary. In 1895, Louis Lumière from France shot Exiting the Factory and The Arrival of a Train. He also shot other experimental films, and all of these films belong to documentary.
Documentary, news reel film, and non-fiction film share some basic characteristics: authenticity and objectivity. However, there is in fact no absolute objectivity in the creation of all documentary films. They are rather a representation of the historical world. Depending on the purpose of shooting, the film can highlight the function of “recording” and emphasize the connection with the real world. It can also highlight the form and style as a director’s personal artistic creation.
However, regardless of the purpose and function of documentary filming, “documentary ethics” is the norm that all documentary workers abide by. Because documentaries take the real world as the basic material, they have an unavoidable responsibility for the real people and objects recorded in the camera.
Note: There may be other kinds of documentary contents about Asia such as TV series or web series in this category.
Evenki reindeer herders, a legendary ethnic minority coming from further northern Siberia three hundred years ago, moved into a government-built settlement in 2003 and was banned from hunting. Would the once familiar forest still belong to them?
Rubel wants to join school but reality forces him to smuggle across the River Ganges between India and Bangladesh. The same river eroded his home. Now he lives on Char, an island within this river which starts eroding now.
This documentary is about a school in the mountainous area of Hunan and focuses on left-behind children in three families. Due to contradiction between backward rural appearance and urban development, the fate of the three generations interwoven together.
A group of Lisu people without a registered ID (Hukou) live their primitive life in the mountains by the Nujiang River in Yunnan. In addition to misfortune and hardships, they also have simple happiness.
Hundred-year-old veteran Peng Guochen relies on the care of his grandnephew Peng Songbai. Under the enormous economic pressure, the local government has not been able to implement his old-age pensions.