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‘Subject’ Review: Famous Doc Stars Reclaim Their Stories in Insightful Ethical Exploration

‘Subject’ Review: Famous Doc Stars Reclaim Their Stories in Insightful Ethical Exploration

Documentaries are often crafted to explore the social issues of the world, either with an aim to simply bring these issues to light or in the hope of highlighting injustices in need of a fix. Some are made to inform and others, like any movie, to entertain. But what are the moral and ethical responsibilities of a documentary? What do their makers owe their real-life subjects? What does anyone? Such are the questions posited in Camilla Hall and Jennifer Tiexiera’s insightful documentary “Subject.”

to examine how they use their participants to craft a compelling narrative. But what does the word “compelling” mean when it involves real people and often the very real trauma of their lives? The directors attempt to answer this by following several prominent documentary participants, touching on their lives in the wake of becoming public figures through a documentary.

Margie Ratliff, daughter of convicted murderer Michael Peterson

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