What makes a propaganda film?
June 29, 2013 7:43 AM Subscribe
How can a film rely solely on the opinions/viewpoint of a (social, political) activist without ultimately becoming a propaganda piece? If a movie focuses on an activist, does it have to feature his/her dissidents for it to be objective? Can't the film just allow for this person to tell his/her story and still not be classified as being sympathetic towards him/her? Are there any prominent examples of films that focus on such figures, for which the filmmakers have been later praised/vilified?
posted by omar.a to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I can think of Errol Morris' Fog of War as an example of a film that focuses on Robert McNamara's account of the events without featuring any other accounts/arguments. Still, Morris' film was widely praised.. Perhaps this is because the documentary was perceived as more of a confession than a documentation.