Control Room – Questions

26 Sep

Control Room – Questions.



Why might Control Room be described as an observational documentary?


Control room is a documentary that primarily focuses on footage which shows exactly what is going on, this footage may be from a civilians phone or a professional news company. The footage is left without the direction of a narrative backing it up, therefore leaving it open for interpretation by the viewers.



How do the lack of explicit narration – or exposition – and the ‘invisibility’ of the film crew affect your response to the documentary?


By creating the documentary in this way it makes it seem as though we are in a front row seat of the action, the use of handheld filming is also used to give this desired effect. It also makes the viewer somewhat personally involved with the documentary.



What techniques are used in the documentary to construct a narrative? How does it communicate information without a narrator or an explicit, interactive approach to interviews?


A narrative is created in the documentary by putting the clips collected in a certain order which creates a video timeline of the events happening. The director alternates between  amateur and professional footage to show a wider perspective of the situation.



Do the film-makers act as bystanders – witnesses – to events or as provocateurs whose actions precipitate events?


The film-makers try to not be a part of the situation that is already going on, in effect they are acting as bystanders who are just part of the crowd. By not being involved in anyway it shows that they have no impact on the subject they are trying observe, by doing this it maintains the ecological validity of the documentary.



To what extent does the documentary present a specific agenda?


The documentaries main agenda is to show viewers who have little knowledge of the conflict and to show them just how the situation is without censorship or alternations to the truth. Many news stations to some extent do this to prevent upset over the images being shown but also to manipulate the viewers opinions.



To what extent does the documentary perpetuate or challenge the idea of transparency and unmediated access to real events?


The documentary itself presents itself from the start as a film that challenges the general views on media coverage in the middle east. The way in which we see the middle east conflicts on the news is generally filtered and has the explicit content removed. News companies like the BBC do this in order to keep their program safe for their viewers to watch. This documentary lifts the lid of the censorship and shows not only explicit content but also the views that the people of the middle east have on the west. The documentary definitely challenges the filtered down content that we are use to on a daily basis.


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