The idea is that storytelling as a whole—and certainly on complex subjects—can’t be reduced to sound bites or even linear filmmaking in the way that many documentaries do. “We wanted to show the legacy of colonialism. But that legacy is very complicated and not straightforward, so we didn’t think our project should be either,” Jongsma said.
Could documentaries become less a static viewing experience with a beginning middle and end and more something we engage with, even perhaps on an ongoing basis (a trait particularly suited to documentary since real life, unlike written stories, doesn’t have a beginning, middle and end)?
We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.
I am loving this book.
Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (via thatkindofwoman)