The role of the filmmaker is a challenging and complex one. 

“It’s incredibly common to find ourselves filming with the most vulnerable people in society, our working relationships and experiences are intense and intimate and more often than not, the filmmaker is left vulnerable and open to pain and suffering. Much was shared over two weeks this summer, but one thing is startlingly clear:

The documentary community is in crisis. We are suffering greatly and in relative silence.”

The D-Word has a 20 year history of hosting industry discussions online. This was the first time Mental Health had been discussed and it proved to be their most contributed to topic ever. Here’s a reflection of what the documentary community had to say:

https://www.documentary.org/online-feature/mental-health-crisis-our-community?fbclid=IwAR3VG94IoItzU0EDTC6gMn-X0N0WSExItNezAnVr_lX0sUSS5wLftVh8d4U

If you want to read the entire discussion, you can find it archived on the D-Word website. It’s free to sign up and be part of the worldwide community. 

https://www.d-word.com/topics/284-Mental-Health-and-the-Documentary-Business?post=371598&fbclid=IwAR2sNBEj3HoZL6AG6E_tDFPNGSBQ2mv9tf43yrke_3ySsHVjqrMjx1Q7uFA