Debrief: Free Solo

I’ll keep this one brief: my favorite part about Free Solo was how it brought documentary ethics into the film.

It’s really neat to see those sorts of conversations happening on screen rather than off. I feel like documentary ethics are so essential to the medium and it’s great that a notable film has that component at the heart of its story.

As documentary filmmakers, we need to respect our subjects and look out for their best interests. The worst case scenario is one that “colonizes” their story or takes advantage of them. Sometimes films can harm, and Free Solo had especially high stakes – Honnold’s life.

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