Solos is a good example of a genre movie done well, kinda like Los Hongos. It’s a road movie set in the Peruvian rainforest, as a group of four friends drive around doing free cinema nights which no-one goes to. In the Q&A it emerged the film was almost completely improvised and it seems the film maker just rolled with the idea and it worked out really well.

However, there are also some great scenes with locals chatting away and in answer to the question of whether these stories were true or not (which she didn’t answer), the director Joanna Lombardi said that what she did was to set the cameras rolling, tell the locals she wasn’t filming and then get the actors to chat to them, and that was the footage we saw. This triggers some moral issues for me, since it would be really unethical to do this in other fields, such as academia – where it is generally frowned upon as both disrespectful and bad practice.

This is also somewhat ironic considering how in the film the argentinian characer always asks very sweetly if he can record the locals.t

“So what?” you might say. “These people will never see the film” but then of course we have to discuss colonial positionality. But i can’t be bothered to write an essay on that, the basic point is quite simple.

I do agree that the footage she got is great, I just wish she said she had gone back and shown the people the film and taken into account their feedback.

But yeah i guess that’s one reason why i don’t photograph or film people, the issue of consent (and stealing their souls, natch).


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