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POWERFUL POLISH WOMEN

CURIOUS ABOUT THE

OUTSIDE WORLD

EWA EWART, documentary film director and producer, winner of the 2016 Honorary Pearl award, honoured with the Polish Ombudsman's Human Rights award, talks to Danuta Bierzańska.

What role do documentary films play in the era of television and the Internet? A good documentary will always play a very significant role. Ever since I became involved in documentary filmmaking, I have heard many prophecies predicting the end of this genre. The spectacular rise of the Internet has only intensified these predictions. A documentary rises like a Phoenix from the ashes to prove its importance and role in explaining the world and exposing what is wrong with it, each time someone passes a death sentence on it. PM

How do you perceive yourself as producer/ director? As someone for whom sticking to the truth while telling her story is the only guiding principle. As a documentary filmmaker, I am an observer and narrator of the modern world. I watch it and pick up stories I consider essential to tell, and such stories offer an interpretation of what is going on in the world. All I know about how to make a good documentary comes from many years of working for BBC TV in London, in the Current PM

Affairs Department. I mainly take on social and political subjects. And I made a lot of films that deal with human rights abuses. The only measure of how good is a documentary film is how truthful it is. And it is important to be aware that there is no such thing as an objective documentary. The unbiased take on a film stops the moment the author decides on telling a story by choosing one perspective over another and decides to talk to five out of the pool of many potential contributors. These decisions are subjective. Therefore, the outcome is always 2-3/2020 polish market

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