Documentary films are powerful tools to expose human rights violations, abuses and motivate audience to take actions. Often they are in-depth and informative resources which is a great platform to create dialogue. However, documentary films also generate emotions, empathy and brings people to a temporal community that is united by powerful story-telling. Therefore, such films are in a unique position to act as starting point for further discussions: after screening people that might come from different walks of life are given a resource to talk and discuss the issues that they just have seen in the screen. In this way, everybody has a source of knowledge and reference, no matter how much they had known about the topic before the screening.
- Trigger emotions and invite to empathize.
- Provide with information and facts.
- Create and temporal community.
- Create a starting point to discuss often complicated issues.
It is also important to note that despite the power of the documentary films as a media, discussions after the films are of crucial importance, especially, if the films discuss such complicated problems as gender-based violence.