Thursday, January 26, 2012

Does Oscar Care About Impartiality?

BBC News is reporting that parents of 2 of the boys murdered in West Memphis in 1993 are upset that Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is in the running for an Academy Award. The first film in 1996 raised doubts about the case, and it and subsequent films have garnered celebrity support for the release of the West Memphis 3.

The parents who believe that the West Memphis 3 murdered their sons are understandably upset, but must the film be impartial in order to be considered or to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature? In documenting the experiences of the West Memphis 3, is the film-maker allowed to express a point of view? Is there such a thing as an impartial documentary, or does putting scenes together into cause and effect relationships inevitably create a point of view?

For the complete story from BBC, click here.

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